1st John (part 4)

 

                                 1ST JOHN (PART 4)

(Pastor Lee Jackson)

 

I)     INTRODUCTION –   WE HAVE AN ENEMY THAT IS RELENTLESSLY WORKING ON US TO DISLODGE THE TRUTH FROM OUR HEARTS AND MINDS.   HE USES OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, TEACHERS AND COWORKERS TO DO SO.  IT IS TYPICALLY NOT A FRONTAL ATTACK BUT GRADUAL SEDUCTION, AS SATAN DID IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN.  PAUL TALKS ABOUT THOSE WITH FINE SOUNDING ARGUMENTS WHO ATTEMPT TO SEDUCE THE FAITHFUL.  JOHN THE FATHERLY APOSTLE IS VERY CONCERNED, HAVING ALREADY WARNED HIS AUDIENCE THAT THE ANTICHRIST IS COMING BUT ALSO THAT MANY ANTICHRISTS HAVE ALREADY GONE OUT FROM THEM – THOSE WHO DENY THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST.  (REMEMBER PETER’S TESTIMONY IN MATT 16?)  1JOHN 2:24 – 3:3 NKJV

II)    JOHN ENCOURAGES THEM TO REMAIN IN THE WORD GIVEN THEM (VS 24-26)

A)   THAT TRUTH THAT THEY HAD HEARD THAT BEGAN THEIR CHRISTIAN WALK:  THE TRUTH THAT SET US FREE FROM A LIFE OF SIN & DEBAUCHERY.

B)   THE TRUTH THAT EXPOSED OUR SIN BUT AT THE SAME TIME REVEALED GOD’S LOVE AND MERCY: THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL.

C)   BY ABIDING IN HIS TRUTH WE ABIDE IN OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.  OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS INTACT, VITAL & ONGOING.

D)   JOHN HAD WRITTEN TO THEM CONCERNING THOSE WHO WERE TRYING TO DECEIVE THEM.   APOSTLES PAUL & PETER GAVE SIMILAR WARNINGS:  1TIM 4:1-2, 2PET 2:1-3, 2PET 2:19-21 & 1PET 5:8-9.

III)   HE REMINDS THEM THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THEIR 1ST TEACHER (VS 27)

A)   THE HOLY PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ABIDES (LIVES IN THE BELIEVER)

B)   HE IS OUR PRIMARY TEACHER WHO LEADS US INTO ALL TRUTH (JOHN 15:13-15)

C)   HE TEACHES US LINE UPON LINE, PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT, HERE A LITTLE, THERE A LITTLE.  HE IS NOT IN A HURRY.

D)   HE WILL BUILD AND EXPAND UPON THE TRUTH THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED; IT WILL NOT DIVERGE OR NEGATE THE TRUTH THAT HE HAS REVEALED TO YOU PREVIOUSLY.

E)   THE TRUTH THAT HE TEACHES WILL CLARIFY, NOT CONFUSE, WITH THE PURPOSE OF BRINGING ABOUT THE PEACEABLE FRUITS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.

IV)  CHARACTERISTICS THAT CAN BE OBSERVED IN THE CHILD OF GOD (VS 2:28 – 3:3)

A)   THEY ABIDE IN THE WORD & IN DOING SO ABIDE IN CHRIST:  JESUS SAID “IF YOU ABIDE IN ME AND MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, YOU MAY ASK WHAT YOU WILL AND IT WILL BE DONE FOR YOU.”

B)   THEY HAVE CONFIDENCE IN HIM FOR THEY ARE GOD’S CHILDREN.

C)   THEY WILL NOT BE ASHAMED WHEN HE RETURNS.

D)   THEY HAVE BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST – THEY PRACTICE HOLINESS.

E)   THEY ANTICIPATE CHRIST’S RETURN AS A BRIDE PREPARING FOR HER BRIDEGROOM.

F)    WHEN HE RETURNS THEY SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS AND THEY SHALL BE LIKE HIM.

G)   IN ANTICIPATION OF HIS RETURN, THEY PURIFY THEMSELVES, EVEN AS HE IS PURE.

H)   WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO PURIFY OURSELVES?  (PHIL 2:12 – 17)

 

 

 

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