Jesus with John -- the apostle of love.

1 John 5:13-14 -- I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

1 John 2 Commentary of the Bible

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Recognizing the Unrecognized  ( 1 John 2:29 - 3:1 )  Sunday Message

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We begin, with this message, a new series in the first letter of John. We have traced John's major themes thus far concerning the necessity of maintaining fellowship with the Son of God, the shared life. Then the theme of maintaining truth in the midst of an exceedingly deceitful world. And now a new series on maintaining righteousness.

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that every one who does right is born of him. (1 John 2:29 RSV)

How To Walk As He Walked  ( 1 John 2:3-6 )  Daily Devotion

By this we may be sure that we are in him: he who says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:5b-6 RSV)

Counterfeits and Reflectors  ( 1 John 2:3-6 )  Sunday Message

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We are considering John's great analysis, in his first letter, of the way to maintain unbroken fellowship with the Son of God. Such fellowship is described to us by Jesus himself as the flowing of rivers of living water out of the center of life. It is something that cannot be hindered by anything outward because it comes from within. Jesus said, "If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. ... 'Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water,'" (John 7:37-38 RSV).

Visible Christianity  ( 1 John 2:7-11 )  Sunday Message

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One often hears today the saying that Christianity has been rejected by the world on the basis of a caricature which has been mistaken for the real thing. We 20th century Christians tend to say that as though it had never happened before. But we need to realize this is something that has been true ever since the 1st century and is not new at all. We have seen it in a new form, perhaps, in our own generation, but the phenomenon is a common one and has been true in every century. The work of the devil is always to distort and to twist truth, and to make it appear something which it is not.

Visible Christianity  ( 1 John 2:7-11 )  Daily Devotion

But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him. (1 John 2:11)

John says that he who hates his brother is not a Christian. He is in the darkness, and he has never come out of it. To say you are in the light and yet hate your brother is a basic denial of faith. Such an attitude of hostility, indifference, or unconcern toward another is a mark of an unregenerate life.

The Maturing Process  ( 1 John 2:12-14 )  Daily Devotion

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. (1 John 2:14b)

The Maturing Process  ( 1 John 2:12-14 )  Sunday Message

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To me, the true glory of the Christian message is not the fact that it is a way to get to heaven, (though there was a time in my early Christian life when that was all important to me, and it certainly is the way to get to heaven), but the richness of the Christian proclamation to me is that, in Christ, I discover a way to become a man. That is the really tremendous thing. God is not interested in making saints, period. He is interested in making saints, but only as one step in the process of producing men. After all, that is what God is after -- men and women.

Growing in Grace  ( 1 John 2:12-14 )  Sunday Message

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It has been our privilege to sit under the ministry of the Apostle John, the Mender, the one to whom it was given by our Lord to restate the foundations of the church. This is the ministry of the Apostle John, both in his gospel and in his letters. In this first letter his primary concern has been to restore to Christians, in every age and place, that intimacy with and restful confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ himself, which John calls fellowship. Remember Jesus himself had spoken of this.

The Enemy Around  ( 1 John 2:15-17 )  Daily Devotion

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. (1 John 2:16 RSV)

The Enemy Around  ( 1 John 2:15-17 )  Sunday Message

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It is significant that the first subject John chooses to instruct upon is that which is supreme in Christian experience because it is the fountain from which both truth and love must flow -- fellowship with the Son of God, the shared life. This is also the way to maturity, as we have seen. We learned that we do not achieve maturity by some sudden certain experience. It does not come in one moment of time. We achieve it in fits and starts, as we do physical growth, in varying degrees and through varying experiences.

On Heresy  ( 1 John 2:18-19 )  Daily Devotion

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. (1 John 2:19a)

The Nature of Heresy  ( 1 John 2:18-19 )  Sunday Message

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This is the first of a new series on a new subject in First John:Maintaining Truth. Of recent weeks, the attention of the Christian world has been captured by certain attempts to bring heresy charges against Bishop Pike because of his public denials of such important doctrines as the virgin birth of Christ, the Trinitarian character of the Godhead, and other headline-catching statements which he makes from time to time. Such attempts at heresy trials are not new in the Christian church. In every century there have been ecclesiastical leaders who have been charged with heresy.

No Gray Areas  ( 1 John 2:20-21 )  Daily Devotion

...no lie comes from the truth. (1 John 2:21b)

The Hard Core of Truth  ( 1 John 2:20-21 )  Sunday Message

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We have already noted that the first note of this letter of the Apostle John is one of power, the power of a Christian. And the power of a Christian is Jesus Christ himself, living within a human being today. It is Christ living in you, being God again in you, expressing his life in terms of your personality. Therefore, the key to this is fellowship, the sharing of the life of Jesus Christ. This is the note on which this letter begins.

No Son, No Father  ( 1 John 2:22-23 )  Daily Devotion

No one who denies the Son has the Father... (1 John 2:22a)

To deny that Jesus is the Christ is to deny the Father and the Son. Here we are confronting something of the mystery of the nature of God. I grant immediately that there is much that we cannot understand about God and the Trinity. We know there are three persons who eternally exist as one God. Our minds boggle when we try to understand fully what that means and to grasp how it works out in its implications.

No Son, No Father  ( 1 John 2:22-23 )  Sunday Message

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In considering this letter we have already seen how John recognizes the existence in his day (as it is also in ours) of a counterfeit Christianity. He has described its general characteristics. It makes its appearance in cycles in human history. It is always characterized by an attack upon the person of Christ and those who teach along these lines eventually depart from New Testament Christianity, though they begin within the circle of the church, the fellowship of faith.

The Living Word  ( 1 John 2:24-25 )  Daily Devotion

And this is what he promised us — even eternal life. (1 John 2:25)

The Living Word  ( 1 John 2:24-25 )  Sunday Message

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You who have followed with us through these studies together in the great First Letter of John know that the concern of this apostle is to share with everyone the fellowship he himself enjoys. He said at the beginning of his letter,

...that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3 RSV)

The Teaching Spirit  ( 1 John 2:26-27 )  Daily Devotion

...just as it has taught you, remain in him. (1 John 2:27b)

The emphasis in these verses is on the words as it has taught you. What the Spirit has taught you, not what He has taught the other fellow. After the resurrection, Jesus said to Peter, Feed my sheep. And Peter turned and looked at John and said, Lord, what about him? Do you remember what Jesus said? That is none of your business. You follow me. What I teach this man to do is for him to know. What I have said for you to do, that is for you to do (John 21:15-22).

The Teaching Spirit  ( 1 John 2:26-27 )  Sunday Message

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Our last time together in this letter was to see what John had to say about the tremendous adequacy of the Word of God to bring us, if we submit to it, to the full experience of vital, fruitful living. It never fails to thrill me that Christianity is not trying to produce religious plaster saints, but thoroughly human individuals who operate as God intended them to operate. The whole thrust of the Christian message is to the end that we experience life as God intended life to be. And the instrument that will do this is the Word of God. It is designed to that end.

The Most Astonishing Thing  ( 1 John 2:28-3:1 )  Daily Devotion

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. (1 John 3:1a KJV)

The Coming Day  ( 1 John 2:28 )  Sunday Message

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This is the last message in the section of John's epistle on Maintaining Truth. In this section, which began in Chapter 2, Verse 18, the whole problem John has been facing here is how to live as a Christian in the midst of a confused and confusing world -- a world no different in his day than it is in ours; no different in ours than it was in his. In this section we learned many things: We learned that error appears in cycles of deceit throughout history. That is why, proverbially, history repeats itself.