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This week we will continue in the series that I started a couple of
weeks ago on 1 John. This week we will look at chapter two.
We saw in the last message that the Apostle John wrote the book of 1
John in the late first century. We saw that John was one of the 12
disciples and had a very special relationship with Jesus. We saw that
John knew Jesus personally and that he was present for all that Jesus
said and did. We also saw that the main reason he wrote was to keep
people on track with all the false teachers around.
The title of my message is “We have our advocate Jesus in heaven who
calls us to love one another, not love the world and watch out for
antichrists who would lead us astray”.
Bible Reading –
1 John 2
1 John 2:1-29 NIV – My dear children, I write this to you so that
you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the
Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning
sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of
the whole world. 3 We know that we have come to know him if we
keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do
what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5
But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in
them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live
in him must live as Jesus did. 7 Dear friends, I am not writing
you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the
beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am
writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because
the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. 9
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is
still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and
sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them
stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the
darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they
are going, because the darkness has blinded them. 12 I am writing
to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account
of his name. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him
who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you
have overcome the evil one. 14 I write to you, dear children,
because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know
him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you
are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the
evil one. 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If
anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For
everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and
the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world. 17
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God
lives forever. 18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you
have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have
come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out
from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged
to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that
none of them belonged to us. 20 But you have an anointing from the
Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you
because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and
because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is
whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the
antichrist–denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies
the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father
also. 24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the
beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son
and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us–eternal
life. 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are
trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you
received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach
you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that
anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in
him. 28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he
appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does
what is right has been born of him.
1. We have an Advocate
Verse one sets the scene:
“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before
the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.”
My heart as a Christian is to live in Christ and not sin, but as I
said recently, sometimes I do fall short and I need to confess. It helps
me to know that I have an Advocate, a Defender, and a Supporter in
heaven who pleads my case on my behalf.
It helps me to know that when I let myself down and ultimately let
God down, that our Advocate is there for me. Over the years I have
wondered what Jesus says in my defence. We can never know, but it might
be something like this:
Father, Dave loves Me and I love Him. He knows Me and I know him. He
tries really hard to live in Me and he does really well most of the
time, but sometimes he falls short. Father, I died on the cross for
Dave’s sin. I took it on Myself. I paid the price. Dave is forgiven
because of My efforts on his behalf. Please restore Him and help him to
We can never really know what is said, but it helps me to imagine
something like the above. It helps me to know the One who is truly
righteous is on my side and pleading my case.
Here are some questions for personal reflection and application:
2. A new and an old commandment
The first verse sets the scene again:
Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it
is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment
— to love one another —is the same message you heard before.
I like the old/new commandment idea to love one another. John reminds
us that God has always wanted us to love on another. This goes back to
Leviticus 19:18 where God says, “Do not seek revenge or bear a
grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbour as yourself.
I am the LORD”.
Jesus also gave us this command in
John 13:34-35, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each
other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love
for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
John reminds us the importance of loving one another. In the last
section we saw that living in the light meant to follow God’s commands.
In this section it shows that by loving our Christian brothers and
sisters we walk in the light and we even make the darkness disappear!
So it is important for us to purpose in our hearts today to love one
another. Let us love one another the way Jesus loved us. Let us also
think of ways we can do this practically.
3. Do not love the world
The next section of the text tells us plainly – “Do not love this
Verse 15 says, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you,
for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in
This is a strong statement about loving the world that we live in. At
the heart of this verse is a reminder that this world is not all there
is – it is not our eternal home – it is only temporary.
Verse 17 reminds us that this world has a use by date. It says, “And
this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave:”.
In a sense verse 16 has bookends. Verse 15 says do not love this
world and verse 17 reminds us to remember it is passing away. A day will
come when God calls time.
In the meantime, we live in this world as God’s children and live in
light of eternity. We live as members of God’s eternal Kingdom and seek
to serve Him in all we do. We cannot get caught up in the shallow things
of this world. The things of verse 16 –
John reminds us that these are not from the Father, but are from this
world. So let us keep our hearts and minds focused on God and His
eternal realities and live in light of our awaiting eternal home.
4. A warning against antichrists
In the last section the title is a warning against antichrists. Verse
“18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that
the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is
how we know it is the last hour.”
In verse 18 it uses the term antichrist twice. One is used with a
capital A and one with a lower case a. The lower case version is
referring to false teachers that infiltrated the church and denied the
Deity of Christ. The one using the capital A is about the Antichrist who
is talked about in
20:10. It is a figure empowered by Satan who functions as an enemy
of Jesus Christ and the Church. In the context of end time literature,
this figure performs false miracles, deceives many in order to
discourage people from worshiping the true God, and persecutes God’s
In verse 26 we see that John is writing this section to warn against
being led astray by these false teachers. As we have seen before they
would deny key things about Christ’s being the Messiah and how we should
John says there are two keys to help us from being led astray. The
first is to remember we have the Holy Spirit as our helper and teacher.
In verse 27 he says, “But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he
lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true”.
The second is to remember the foundation teachings they were taught.
That Christ is from the Father in heaven, that He is eternal, that He is
the promised Messiah and He is the only way to find salvation.
This is why it is so important for us as Christ followers to walk
closely with Him, to pray, to study our Bibles, to come to church and to
rely on the Holy Spirit’s teaching and promptings. When we do this we
can stand firm in Christ.
John wants his readers to remember 4 things from
1 John 2…
By Dave Quinn
Founder of PASSIONAustralia.org
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