I John Chapter Two
I Jn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
You see, God STILL hates sin, even in the life of a believer. This is why we need an ADVOCATE. We need a defender, an ally. We need a supporter. We are still not saved. We have the hope of salvation.
Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
1Thes 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
What is this hope we have? Is it not that we hope we will be in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? Is it not that we will be included in the first resurrection of the dead or among the ones taken up alive to meet the Lord in the air?
We have this hope because we believe in the promises of God.
Acts 26:6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
I Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation (atonement- one who satisfies-makes amends) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
It is so awesome and clear how it was utterly impossible for man to do ANYTHING to save himself. It seems almost difficult for God Himself. HE had to leave heaven and become flesh and DIE.
Even at that, we still need an advocate before God constantly. Satan is our accuser and Jesus Christ is our supporter. You see, God is fair, even to Satan. He is showing Satan that He is just and fair in His treatment of His creation. God wants Satan to know without any doubt that He is just and fair and the only one deserving of praise.
God wants Satan to be sure and know these things before He condemns him to the eternal lake of fire.
Salvation for us took God becoming flesh in the form of Jesus Christ.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
It took His death on the cross,
Phil 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
It took a resurrection from the dead,
Luke 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
It took the indwelling of the Holy Spirit,
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
It took putting us in His Body.
Rom 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
It took a High Priest in heaven.
Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
It took this High Priest acting as our Advocate.
It took regeneration rather than reformation.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
It required us to die.
Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
1 Cor 15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
A seed we plant cannot become something new unless it die first.
We had to die to self to become alive in Christ.
Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
It's gonna take the destruction of our bodies.
1 Cor 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
There is "no part" of our old selves that can be saved.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
God couldn't save the old man.
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
He had to create a new one.
Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
God's holiness and justice demanded this. Salvation comes with much difficulty.
I Jn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
Can we know that we know Him any other way? The Bible doesn't speak of any other way. The next verse says it all.
I Jn 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Jesus Christ is Truth and if Truth is not in us then we are not in Him.
I Jn 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
Now--All through the Bible the same message is conveyed, or given. Those that are saved "keep His commandments".
But you say, James says we will sin after salvation.
See 1 John 2:1
And if we say we don't we are a liar.
I Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
I Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Well, that's right.
You say if we keep His commandments why do we need Christ as an Advocator that we just talked about. Good question.
If we sin and our soul/spirit/conscience doesn't bother us greatly we are not in His Word. If our soul/spirit/conscience bothers us and convicts us to repentance we can know that we are in His Word.
We sin in the "flesh" but not in the "spirit".
I Jn 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
BUT--we are to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. This means that many of us could sin much less if we just tried. If we say that we abide in Him, that is if we say we are Christian, we are to live as one, even in the flesh.
I Jn 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
Brethren--John is speaking to believers in this letter.
Now what are the commandments that John is speaking of that we are to keep?
Matt 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
We studied this before in other Epistles.
How can we know that we love God? Simple.
I Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
How can we know that we love our neighbor as ourselves? Simple
I Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
So, as speaking about keeping the commandments of loving God and our neighbor, John is writing no new commandment here. This commandment is as old as the law or even older as written in the hearts of man.
I Jn 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
Now he is writing a new commandment to them. The New Testament "Light" that has come into the world.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
I Jn 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
Again this says that keeping the two commandments of love means we are in the Light (Christ).
I Jn 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
If we love our neighbor as ourselves, we are in the Light. The word "brother" here is defined as "a brother (literally or figuratively) near or remote" This does not apply to just a brother in the Lord.
Now the kind of love that is spoken of by Christ and John here is a love that gives us a desire to "keep His commandments". We love God when we keep His commandments and we love our neighbor when we love God and keep His commandments.
You see, if we do not have an inner desire, if our inner man does not desire to please God at all times by obedience (keeping His commandments) we are in darkness. We are lost in sin.
Eph 3:16-17 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Now remember, this love spoken of here is the love of keeping His commandments.
I Jn 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
Those that are in spiritual blindness do not realize that they are going to hell. They don't know where they are going.
I Jn 2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
I Jn 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
I Jn 2:14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, (they are strong in the Word) and ye have overcome the wicked one.
John is making double sure these three groups of people know for sure just why they are saved.
I Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
As you notice, John is also telling them how they can tell if they or someone else is not saved. Things like being in darkness, hating his brother, not loving others, disobeying God, (not keeping His commandments) and loving the world.
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity (hatred) with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
The command is not "love too much" but "love not at all". Since the world is the same as darkness, it must exclude God who is Light. We should use the things of the world, but not abuse them by putting them before God. We should not "treasure" (honor-revere) the things of the world.
Matt 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
I Jn 2:16 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.
Another reason to not love the world is that the things of the world are not of God. God gave Satan power to be the prince, or ruler of the world, when Satan introduced sin into the world in the Garden.
Luke 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
The Devil had the rule from the fall of man till Calvary and the empty tomb. That is where Christ defeated Satan and broke his power. Satan had power over death. Christ defeated death. He rose from the dead. The world was Satan's kingdom.
Matt 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
When Christ came the Kingdom of God, (Church age) came with Him.
Matt 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matt 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince (ruler) of this world "be cast out".
Christ is taking over the Kingdom and ruling some of it in the hearts of God's people, but one day He will rule the whole earthly Kingdom for a thousand years and the heavenly Kingdom for eternity.
The lust of the flesh is not the lust for flesh, as in sexual lust it is lust of wanting things to please the body. The lust of the eyes is what feeds the lust of the flesh. The eyes are the windows to the flesh from the world. The pride of life is pride in worldly possessions.
I Jn 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
All the things of the world are only temporary. They all pass away forever. Only God's children last forever. These are those who "keep His commandments", "in spirit", and try and "keep their bodies under subjection" to the Holy Spirit as Paul tried.
1 Cor 9:27 But I keep under my body, (subdue my passions) and bring it into subjection: (subduing-submission) lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.(morally reprobate-rejected)
Many people who have preached to others will be castaways.
Matt 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Now John begins to warn his readers of the deceivers.
I Jn 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
Satan has never set around and rested not even for a moment. Even then he had his forerunners in the world. Before God created the world, He had a Savior.
2 Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Before Christ came into the world Satan had his anti-Christ's (Old Testament false prophets).
I Jn 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
These anti-Christ's that John speaks of pretended for awhile but by their fruits they became know to the brethren. Those who study God's Word will be shown who the anti-Christ's are.
I Jn 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
The word "unction" in the Greek is the same word as "anointing" in verse 27
I Jn 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
This sounds like John is reinforcing their beliefs and encouraging them. He tells them no lie is of the truth, and then he tells them the lie he has in mind.
I Jn 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
You don't have to actually "deny" Christ, as there are many that deny Him in denying much of His teachings. This is DENYING CHRIST. Also, if a person denies that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) as the Jews did, then they deny that He is the Son of God and they deny His deity.
I Jn 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
Acknowledge is the same word as confess.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
I Jn 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
It is possible that a Christian fall out of fellowship with God. Some call this "backsliding". But church discipline is what is used to bring the brother back.
Matt 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
1 Cor 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
I Jn 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
That which we have heard in the beginning is His promises. And non John identifies the promise clearly.
I Jn 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
John says, I have written to you about the anti-Christ's in the world who pretend to be one of us, but you have a teacher in you that will teach you all things if you remain in Him and do not get out of fellowship with Him.
I Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
I Jn 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
There will be Christians that will be saved as if by fire, that is by the "skin of their teeth", and they will be ashamed to face Christ.
I Jn 2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
John says, "by their fruits you shall know them".