1st John (part 3)

1ST JOHN (PART 3)

 (Pastor Lee Jackson)

I) INTRODUCTION – OUR TEXT 1JOHN 2:12 – 19 RELATES TO THE STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH.  THERE IS DANGER AT EVERY STAGE OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT.  OUR KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IS ACQUIRED THROUGH A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS, HIS SON, THE WORD THAT BECAME FLESH.  HE REVEALS THE FATHER TO US.

II) STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH (VS 12 – 14)
A) JOHN WAS SPEAKING TO BELIEVERS OF ALL AGES REGARDING THE CHARACTER OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT.
B) THE “LITTLE CHILDREN” ARE THOSE WHO HAD RECENTLY EXPERIENCED CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR. THEY ACKNOWLEDGED THEIR SIN AND RECEIVED HIS FORGIVENESS.  THEY WERE “BABES” JUST BEGINNING THEIR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.  NEW CHRISTIANS NEED TO BE MENTORED AND DISCIPLED AND TAUGHT GOD’S WORD.
C) THE YOUNGER MEN HAD STRUGGLED WITH SATAN’S TEMPTATIONS AND HAD OVERCOME. 1JOHN 4:4 YE ARE OF GOD, LITTLE CHILDREN, AND HAVE OVERCOME THEM:  BECAUSE GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD.
D) THE OLDER MEN “FATHERS” WERE MATURE IN THE FAITH.  THEY HAD COME TO KNOW GOD THROUGH OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST AND HIS COMMANDMENTS.
E) EACH STAGE OF LIFE IN THE CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGE BUILDS UPON THE OTHER.  AS CHILDREN LEARN CHRIST THEY GROW IN THEIR ABILITY TO WIN BATTLES WITH TEMPTATION.
F) IT IS SAD WHEN PEOPLE GROW OLD BUT FAIL TO MATURE IN THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH. . EPH 4:14 THAT WE HENCEFORTH BE NO MORE CHILDREN, TOSSED TO AND FRO, AND CARRIED ABOUT WITH EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE, BY THE SLEIGHT OF MEN, AND CUNNING CRAFTINESS, WHEREBY THEY LIE IN WAIT TO DECEIVE; 15 BUT SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE, MAY GROW UP INTO HIM IN ALL THINGS, WHICH IS THE HEAD, EVEN CHRIST:

III) LOVE NOT THE WORLD (VS 15-17)
A) WE ARE NOT TO LOVE THE WORLD NOR LUST AFTER THE THINGS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD. MANY ASPIRE TO BE RICH TO BE ABLE TO INDULGE IN THE LUXURIES OF THIS WORLD. (1TIMOTHY 6:9-11)
B) THIS WORLD IS PASSING AWAY AND THE LUSTS FOR WHAT THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER, BUT HE THAT DOES THE WILL OF GOD ABIDES FOREVER.
C) REV 18 SPEAKS OF THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON THE GREAT CITY OF TRADE AND COMMERCE AND THE GRIEF OF NATIONS THAT TRADED WITH HER.  SOME THINK THIS A LITERAL CITY,  OTHERS THINK THIS PASSAGE COULD BE SPEAKING OF THE COLLAPSE OF THE WORLD ECONOMY: (REV 18:9 – 18)

IV) THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST (VS 18 – 19)

V) CONCLUSION – THE TEMPTATIONS THAT WE FACE TODAY ARE AS OLD AS MANKIND.   SATAN TEMPTED EVE IN ALL THREE OF THESE AREAS.   SATAN TEMPTED EVE IN THE GARDEN,  AND JESUS IN THE WILDERNESS IN THESE SAME AREAS AND HE TEMPTS US IN THESE THREE AREAS:  THE LUST OF THE FLESH – BEING PREOCCUPIED WITH THE GRATIFICATION OF PHYSICAL DESIRES.  THE LUST OF THE EYE – THE LUST FOR THINGS THAT WE SEE THAT BELONG TO OTHERS OR ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO US, ALONG WITH MATERIAL THINGS, ALWAYS BIGGER, ALWAYS BETTER.  THE PRIDE OF LIFE – BEING PRE-OCCUPIED WITH STATUS AND IMPORTANCE, BEING RECOGNIZED, HAVING TITLES, ETC.

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