1 John 2:15-29 lesson 3

Verses 15-17

“do not love” this is a form of the word Agape – Agapeo

To find your joy in, to delight in

In this case being “do not love” means to neglect, disregard, condemn

In other words, do not find your joy in, or delight yourself in the things in the world, rather neglect those things, disregard those things, condemn those things that are in direct opposition to the things of God.

What things ?

Verse 16 tells us

The lust of the flesh

The lust of the eyes

The pride of life

Why?

Because these are not of the Father, they are of the world.

They have no eternal value…

I see this like an old scale

            Flesh vs Spirit

            Things of the world vs The things of God

            Satan’s will vs God’s will

Do not love the world OR the things IN the world…

There is nothing that we should love more than Jesus! There is nothing that we should make us say, “I want Jesus to come back BUT… FIRST…”

Heb 13:14 (NLT), “14For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. “

1 Peter 2:11, “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.”

                        Sojourner – someone who lives in a place without the right of                                           citizenship.

                        Pilgrim – someone who is from a foreign country and comes to live                                     alongside the natives.

Phil 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Do not love the world

This includes people

What does Jesus have to say about this in Matt 10:37-39?

(taking up our cross)

There shouldn’t be anything that we are not willing to give up for the sake of Jesus

            No thing

            No comfort

            No person – that’s hard

            Including ourselves

                        All to Jesus I surrender

                        All to Him I freely give

                        I will ever love and trust Him

                        In His presence DAILY live…

Verse 16

Flesh – desiring those things that appeal to our carnality – our old nature - and are in direct opposition to the spirit of God indwelling us. How do you know if you are lusting after the flesh? Look at the fruit.

Gal 5:19-26 NLT “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”

Eyes

Matt 6:22-24

Where are we focusing our eyes? On the things of the world or on the things of God?

What we have, what we don’t have; or what God has graciously provided.

Are we focusing on our wants, our needs or on God who able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think according to the riches of HIS glory (EPH 3).

Are we looking in the mirror wishing we were something different, doing something different

– Eph 2:20 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

NLT says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

            Are we looking at our circumstances believing that God is Sovereign?

2 Cor 4:17-18, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,   while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

When we lose this perspective and begin thinking…

            What I really need is…

            I would be better off if…

We are dethroning God and placing self in His rightful place.

This brings us to the pride of life

            Somehow thinking we know better or could do better than God.

                        Sounds ridiculous

            But isn’t that what we do?

            Isn’t that what Eve did in the garden?

                        Gen 3:6

God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble…

These things are not of the Father, but of the world

We need to get our heads on straight, get our eyes off of the things of this world and firmly fix them on Jesus Christ.

Verses 18-23

It is the last hour

            1 Peter 4:7

            Romans 13:11 (keep a marker there – we will be coming back to it)

Many have come

( “The” Antichrist is him who will declare himself god in the Holy of Holies of the new temple and demand to be worshiped. All those oppose him will be executed. anti – Christ (little a)… can mean those who, vehemently, violently, appose Jesus Christ. However it can also mean all who deny that Jesus is the Messiah and that the Messiah is come in the flesh )

Given the context of this portion of scripture I believe this is what John is describing

But before we get to that,

What point is the Holy Spirit stressing in this verse (18)?

That it is the last hour.

This should affect our perspective.

This truth should affect the way we live our lives on a daily basis

            Romans 13:11-14

            Phil 4:5

            James 5:7-8

Now, verse 19is referring back to “many antichrists”

Where did they come from?

            This isn’t talking about the church hopper.

            It isn’t talking about the one who leaves a church because of doctrinal or personal issues        in order to find biblical truth or simply a better fit.

            These are the folks that are wolves in sheep’s clothing – uncomfortable in a healthy,      Christ centered, bible believing body. And because of this, they will not stay long in        fellowship.

            They are attending church with an agenda, and it isn’t to sit under sound biblical           teaching, to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. They are not true followers of Jesus Christ, they are driven by the things of the world – those things we    just talked about “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life”- and                       they will keep searching for a place, or a group of people that will fill their self- serving desires – even if they have to create that environment   themselves.

1 Timothy 4:1-2

But you – verse 20-21

You have an anointing from the Holy One and you know all things.

            What do you mean?

From an application stand point:

Let’s take a look at

Eph 1:13-14 “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14who£ is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”

As believers in Jesus Christ we have the Holy Spirit of God living within us. Nothing and nobody can take Him away from us or change this amazing truth! But we know Satan tries to feed us lies causing us to doubt this truth.

Perhaps there were those in the body who began to doubt what they believed, maybe even doubting their salvation, as a result of others within the flock leaving and teaching false doctrines. Has Satan ever placed questions in your mind that tempt you to doubt what you know to be true? The word “know” used in verse 21 to turn your eyes toward something and inspect it with great care and discernment, it means to be sure of something– you know that you know that you know.

Satan loves to cast doubt and he uses lies, being that according to scripture he is the father of lies (John 8:44), to this end. Peter said in John 6:68-69, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” When these doubts arise, we need to follow the example of scripture and seek the one Who is Truth, because within Him we know there is no deceit (1 Peter 2:22). Perfect light – no shadow or variation.

Now, contextually, I want to take a look at

2 Cor 1:21-22,“Now He who establishes (saves) us with you in Christ and has anointed us (set apart to the service and ministry of Christ and His gospel by the gift of the Holy Spirit) is God, who also has sealed us (marked us as His) and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

We have been called, set apart, equipped for ministry by God through the indwelling of His Spirit and because of this we are able to understand spiritual truths.

Because we have the Spirit of God indwelling us, We should, we have everything we need to be able to identify those who are in the church but not of the body. We should be able to separate the truth from a lie.

 

1 Cor 2:10-12, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.   For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.   Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”

Verse 21- John didn’t write this because they didn’t know, he wrote it because they NEEDED REMINDING!

We need to wake up!

Verse 22

So who is a liar? Who is the one who breaks faith? Who is this false and faithless man? Who is this one who professes salvation but lives and thinks contrary to Christian Truth?

Anyone can acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God. Anyone can acknowledge that Jesus is God.

Matt 8:28-29

Did the demons believe Jesus was the Christ?

Did they believe He was the Son of God?

Did this “belief” save them?

Weirsbe said this:

True confession involves personal faith in Christ—in who He is and what He has done. A confession is not a mere intellectual “theological statement” that you recite; it is a personal witness from your heart of what Christ has done for you.

Therefore

Because it is the last hour

Because there are false teachers and wolves in sheep’s clothing

Because satan want’s nothing more than to come in and steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) – totally ripping us off of the blessings of God

ABIDE!

            Jesus came to give us life, not just life, but an abundant life!

ABIDE!

Verse 24-25

“that” – points back to verse 12

            Your sins are forgiven you for HIS name’s sake!

                        Let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning.

If that truth abides in you

If it is a part of you

If you know that you know that you know

It is because you have a relationship with Jesus and the Father!

            Those who have walked away and are teaching another Jesus – they don’t!

Look at what Jesus says in

John 10:22-30.

Back to 1 John 2:25

26-27

In these 2 verses we receive an admonishment – the way we guard ourselves from deception is by listing to the Spirit of God.  

Does this mean we don’t need to go to church or bible study?

How do I know that?

Hebrews 10:24-25, “24And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”  

As believers we are to gather together with other like minded believers on a regular basis. When we sit under godly teaching from the word with other believers, we are strengthened, convicted, spiritually nourished, equipped, resulting in a desire, a need to be closer to Jesus than before.

Why? Because of the man behind the pulpit?

No, because of the power of the Holy Spirit working in each member of the body individually and as a whole.

It isn’t man that teaches, it is the Spirit of God empowering the one with the gift of teaching. It is the same Spirit empowering the listener with the gift of wisdom and understanding. (examples Acts 4:31, Acts 10)

How do we know if the one who is teaching is speaking by the power of the Holy Spirit or by the strength of his own flesh and intellect?

The Holy Spirit will give us discernment in all things if we are abiding in Christ. The more we understand the things of the Spirit, the greater our desire will be to abide.

In closing:

Verses 28-29

Abide…

We will dig into these 2 verses next week.

This chapter places a huge emphasis on Abiding in the truth, abiding in Christ.

I challenge you to meditate on that this week – what does that mean to you? How does that effect you? Challenge you?