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1JOHN CHAPTER 2

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1&2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

 

1Jn 2-1,2

(31l) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Forgiveness is an act of God’s grace

(83i) Thy kingdom come >> Jesus intercedes for us >> He prepares us to meet the Father

(120f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness >> Forgiveness is an act of mercy >> God passes over our sins -- These verses go with verse 12. (1Jn 1-7 also speaks of this.) God expects us to walk in light of His righteousness, and if we sin, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness. We read the Bible to avoid sinning, but if we sin, we have an advocate with the Father. God’s will for us is that we minimize sin in our lives, since it is impossible to avoid it altogether. Jesus Christ is the propitiation for our sins, “and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” When John says “ours,” he’s talking about the Church, but He is also the propitiation for the sins of the whole world, even for those who do not believe in Him. Imagine going to hell, knowing your sins had been forgiven. People go to hell not because they are unforgiven, but because they refuse to enter into covenant with God and receive His righteousness (the Holy Spirit).

1Jn 2-1

(8m) Prevention (Key verse) – "An ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure."

(8n) Responsibility >> Prevent sin from coming between you and God – The apostle John was preventing many sins simply by writing this exhortations in the Bible. It is better to learn your lessons from a book than by experience, so you can avoid the pain that accompanies mistakes.

(29f) God Is On Our Side (Key verse)

(29j) Gift of God >> God is on our side >> God identifies with us >> He is our advocate – We read the Bible to avoid sinning, though the Bible says we’re all sinners and that we will sin (1Jn 1-8,9), and when we do, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. God doesn’t want us to sin, but He knows we will and has created a way to forgive us through the blood sacrifice of His Son. Calling on His name, He forgives our sin and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. We commit many sins that we don’t even realize, and God cleanses us from them too; it is when we sin against our conscience that we go to God, and He cleanses our conscience, so we have confidence that the Kingdom of Heaven awaits us at the end of this life. By faith in Him we have forgiveness of sin, and we show our appreciation for His gift of eternal life by living by our conscience and not violating it on purpose. If we practice doing what we know is wrong, we profane Jesus’ blood sacrifice; however, God is patient with is in our bondage to sin and desires us to seek His freedom. Our relationship with God is a two-step process: abstaining from sin and drawing near to God. Both of these should be happening at the same time for us to know that we belong to Him, for our good conscience demonstrates that we are the children of God, and His blood sacrifice of which we have become partakers guarantees our place in heaven. There are too many people in today’s Church who partake of the sacrifice well enough but never mind abstaining from sin. They are willing to let God forgive them, but they are not willing to repent; they just figure God will forgive them. This is not faith. This is abusing the grace of God. To avoid abusing His grace, we must always be in the process of repentance in order to truly believe in Him, for without repentance we cannot believe that we belong to Him.

(42c) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Overcoming sin -- This verse goes with verse 10

(42h) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Conform to the purity of Christ

(80b) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word in spiritual warfare >> To deliver yourself from bondage – In the previous chapter John promised that we would sin (1Jn 1-8), and in this verse he wrote that we might not sin; he knows we will but hopes we won’t. John wants us to minimize our sins much as possible; we don't sin all we want because we’re forgiven; that is just as bad as thinking we have no sin at all. If we feel either way, the truth is not in us. We are fallible creatures. He wants us to work with Him to minimize the amount of sin we commit, so we can express the true gospel of Christ to the world and be an encouragement others.

(148f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Natural advantage as an evangelist >> Being youthful -- This verse goes with verses 12-14

(194e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Hate evil >> Condemning sin >> Hate evil by being innocent of it

1Jn 2-2

(165g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not partake of the world >> Be in the world but not of the world – Jesus died for the whole world and especially for the Church (1Tim 4-10). Every person who was ever born and lived, Jesus died for their sins. God took every sin and heaped them all on Christ as He was dying (2Cor 5-21), which is incomprehensible. It says He went to the lower parts of the earth (Eph 4-9,10) and dropped off our sins in hell and then returned. We don’t know what this means, whether it is symbolic or literal or somewhere in-between, but we do know that all the sins of man are in hell, and we are not going there who believe in Jesus. We will be in heaven and our sins will be in hell, just as far apart as the east is from the west (Psalm 103-12), as opposed to north and south that if one goes too far will start running in the opposite direction. Note that east and west make no reference to distance, but that we have experienced a spiritual separation from our sins. When God creates the new heavens and the new earth he will place sin and sinners at the center of the new earth, and we will be on the surface enjoying our lives, hence there will be a finite distance between our sin and us. However, entering through the gates of heaven and venturing into the holy city of God, the impossibility of going to hell after that is represented by a distance greater than one end of the universe is from the other, or east is from the west, infinite.

(210d) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our savior >> Jesus is the savior of the world

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3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.

 

1Jn 2,3-10

(42j) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Conform to the walk of Christ

1Jn 2,3-8

(129i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> love perfects unity >> God’s love

1Jn 2,3-6

(90c) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Law is our tutor >> It prepares your heart to receive Christ – The Apostle Paul taught that keeping the law is like having a personal trainer preparing them for faith in Jesus, so that all they need to do is believe in God and the law will assure that their conduct will not get in the way of their faith. Then there are those in the Church who don’t keep His commandments; these are the ones who are more than suspect in John’s book. He calls them liars, saying that the truth is not in them. There are cases where people are addicted to drugs, coming into the Church seeking freedom from their bondage. They have led a lifestyle of depravity that goes along with drug addiction. These people have not been keeping the law, so that when they attempt to believe in Jesus, they have not had a tutor that ushers them into faith. Instead, their lawless lifestyle gets in the way of their faith as they try to believe in Jesus. Too often it leads to abandoning their faith and returning to their unbelief, a disastrous scenario that frequently plays itself out thousands of times in society. Those who come to believe in Jesus and enter the Church, coming from various forms of addictions that conflict with their faith, John knows that God is bigger than their addictions and would deliver them from these things if they were bona fide believers in Jesus. 

(156b) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving God is evidence of salvation >> Keeping His commandments -- This verse goes with verse 17. To the person who says, I believe in Jesus, John says, ‘Good, then live like Him.’ John’s message is very much like the book of James, who also wrote a proof-oriented epistle, who was not interested taking people at their word, but demanded they show him their faith, which is only reasonable, since knowing God should be apparent. John demands evidence through the keeping of the law. He will not accept anything less than keeping the commandments of God as proof of our faith. Jesus said, “This is My commandment, that you love one another” (Jn 15-12). You can either keep Moses’ Ten Commandments or you can keep Jesus’ one commandment; it’s all the same. There is a demonic spirit loosed on the Church nowadays that says we are not required to keep the commandments of God. Who has released you from keeping the law; did the Apostle Paul? No he didn’t. Anyone who believes this is a liar, according to Jn 2-4, and as James said in Jm 2-10,11, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.” This concept can translate to the Scriptures themselves. For example, anyone who keeps the epistles of Paul, but does not keep the epistle of John has broken the Scriptures. Although Paul taught us that we cannot find justification before God through keeping the law, he never said the law was no longer in effect. I challenge you to think of one good work that is not covered by the law. If every good work is covered by the law, and Jesus’ commandment was the summation of them all, then there is no getting around keeping the law. We keep the law, not to get saved, but because we are saved, and if we don’t, then John suggests maybe we’re not! 

(206f) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to the love of God >> Conditions to loving Jesus

1Jn 2-3

(87i) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Those who obey believe in God >> Those who obey the word -- This verse goes with verses 5&6

(92k) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way connects you to God >> It solidifies your relationship with Him

(122e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in yourself as you die to sin >> Confident in your salvation -- This verse goes with verse 5. What about the good person who doesn't believe? There are some people who come from families that were taught not to lie, not to cheat, not to steal, not to swear… though they were not brought up in a Christian home. They believe that the commandments of God would get them further ahead in life, but they don’t believe in God. Therefore, when John says, “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments,” he is saying this is evidence and not proof that we are Christians. However, the fact that he is also talking about someone who goes to church rules out the above case of the mere good person. Therefore, the fact that they go to church is evidence that they believe in God, and the fact that they keep His commandments is evidence that their faith is real, but there is no real proof of someone else’s faith; there is only proof of our own. John is talking more about us instead of trying to prove someone else's faith. He didn't say, “By this we know that [they] have come to know Him;" rather, he said, "We know that we have come to know Him," in our conscience. This does not mean that we cannot use what John says as a meter of other people's faith, for it is important to be able to identify imposters in the Church. However, we must keep in mind that everything John says is evidence and not proof of another person's faith. It's when we combine all the measuring tools that John gives us in his first epistle and use them against another person's faith that we can prove whether he believes or not.  

(208f) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being the friend of God >> Relationship with God through obedience >> We are His friends if we keep His commandments


4-6 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

 

1Jn 2,4-6

(51j) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> No partiality with God’s righteousness

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1Jn 2-4

(20k) Sin >> Disobedience >> Rejecting the word -- This verse goes with verse 9&11. The apostle John doesn’t think we shouldn’t go by what people say, but what they do. When someone says, ‘I have come to know God,’ John says, ‘Oh yeah, let’s see!’ This is the Bible saying that our practice of the truth is just as important as our knowledge of the truth; hence to know the truth but not practice it is completely worthless! The person who claims to know Him (the truth), yet does not keep His commandments is simply not a Christian. A person who commits a sin apart from his true character and mourns and repents over it and returns to his God, that sin is irrelevant. John is talking about lifestyle. We all commit sin; it is unavoidable; we are fallible creatures. We love God and try with all our hearts to obey Him, yet we still falter everyday, yet it is not considered a lifestyle. The lifestyle of sin to which John is referring is the kind that negatively impacts our brother. The sins we commit in secret are between God and us; they pertain to our conscience, but the sins we commit against our brother, these are the sins that if they come from a habitual lifestyle, John says we are not obligated to treat that person as a brother in the Lord. The question is, was he ever a believer? If he was once a brother of strong faith and has now developed a lifestyle of sin, we should do everything in our power to bring that brother back to his faith (Gal 6-1), but if there was never anything about him that resembled Christianity, that person is a fake and we should not trust him in the assembly. His purpose in church is to infiltrate and exploit, or possibly even to hide among the saints, not from the authorities as a criminal but from God. We should not allow this, for the Church was designed as a haven for the unruly but for doers of the word. They don’t want a relationship with God, but they are afraid of Him, like Adam and Eve who after taking the fruit instead of asking for mercy ran from Him. If you suspect people hiding in the Church who have never had a relationship with God, these are the ones who do the most to cause division; these are scoundrels and need to be given an ultimatum, either become Christians or leave, which is the same as asking them to leave, because they will probably never become Christians. We need to confront them, because they mean harm and have very little potential for good.

(80h) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word to minister to God >> In your inner man -- This verse goes with verses 7&8

(84j) Thy kingdom come >> Your words can lead to your own demise >> Lying -- This verse goes with verse 9

(86m) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word from the heart >> Internalize the word of God

(132k) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Holy Spirit is in the hearts of men

(157g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Deceiving and being deceived >> Deceiving -- This verse goes with verses 22&23

(158h) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Division (Cliques) >> Hating your brother -- This verse goes with verse 9

(174k) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Lip service -- This verse goes with verse 9

(182c) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Lying to yourself – There is too much easy-believism in the Church today, too many people who separate Paul’s teachings from the teachings of James and John. The vast majority of our understanding of grace comes from Paul; if it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t understand the grace of God at all. However, there are many people in the Church who misinterpret Paul to say that works are not important or even they're optional as though we can choose for ourselves whether to keep the commandments or not. These are the kind that go shopping in the Bible and pick out various verses that appeal to their flesh. They don’t want what James and John said, so they stay in the books of Romans and Galatians. If we entered John’s church, he would expect us to keep the commandments of God, and if we didn’t, he would not believe we were Christians, and he certainly wouldn't give us a ministry in his church.

(184j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Dragging God’s Grace Through The Mud >> Unwilling to honor God’s grace

1Jn 2,5-10

(117k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Light illumines your spirit

1Jn 2,5-8

(8d) Responsibility >> Prepare to interact with God >> Entering the realm of the Spirit – This portion of Scripture refers to getting a revelation of the word of God and how to obtain one. It starts with talking about walking in the knowledge that we have (doing what we know); then it indicates that this knowledge will as it were begin to glow in our hearts as a revelation of the spirit. Verses 7 & 8 say that the same old words that we have known for years will be all of a sudden transformed into a force in your life that will chase away the darkness and bring in a new light. However, none of these things will happen until we first begin to walk in the knowledge that we have.

1Jn 2-5,6

(87i) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Those who obey believe in God >> Those who obey the word -- These verses go with verse 3. This is one of those passages that slaps our sinful nature. The only person who has kept God’s commandments without ever slipping is Jesus. The rest of us are just a lot of screw-ups who get everything wrong, and then we must restart time and time again, trying to make our lives resemble in some way the teachings of Scripture. We want to live what the Bible says, and we do get it right sometimes, and there are many righteous and holy people who actually fulfill this passage, and they have truly perfected the love of God; still they make mistakes. God has a system prepared so we can pursue of His attributes outlined in the fruits of the Spirit, and when we make a mistake, we simply repent, confess our sins to Him, and God is “faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1Jn 1-9). This way we can continue our quest for God and His path for our feet. We fall off the trail, we get up, brush off the dirt and get right back on the trail, and that is the Christian walk. This is what John means by the love of God truly being perfected in us. Giving up is not in our vocabulary. We all make mistakes; we all commit sin, but to surrender means bondage to various addictions that take away our freedom to serve God and do His will. It knocks us off the trail of good works and puts us on a strange path that God has not prepared for us that leads us from the will of God. The one who falls, and returns, God's love is being perfected in him. It gives us the confidence to know that we are in Him, and it increases our faith that we are the true children of God. There are many imposters, but we who keep His word have discernment to know who has a sincere faith. Many people claim to believe in God, but the one who believes ought to walk in the same manner as He walked. This is how we distinguish imposters from the true children of God. It is not something that happens on its own, any more than a building builds itself, but is something we must forcibly do. We must force the attributes of Christ into our lives, pushing out the old behaviors and the old habits and the old way of life to make room for the purpose of God.

(156b) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving God is evidence of salvation >> Keeping His commandments -- These verses go with verse 17

1Jn 2-5

(43j) Judgment >> Satan destroyed in the absence of sin >> Perfected in love

(44c) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Complete >> Fulfill the requirements

(103h) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Cleans yourself – When a drug addict develops faith in Jesus Christ and is delivered from his addictions, this is a powerful testimony. It promotes strong confidence in God’s ability to deliver people from various bondages. It especially builds strong confidence in the person who is being set free that they are truly born again.

(122e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in yourself as you die to sin >> Confident in your salvation -- This verse goes with verse 3

(137j) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Stages of maturity are levels of accountability >> Maturity is working with God

1Jn 2-6

(91m) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> The trail that Jesus walked

(230b) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> What we must do to partake of the kingdom >> Partaking which requires our participation


7 Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.

 

1Jn 2,7-10

(112i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Light exposes sin >> Light reveals hidden motives

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1Jn 2-7,8

(46c) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Knowledge is our weapon -- These verses go with verses 12-14

(80h) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word to minister to God >> In your inner man -- These verses go with verse 14. Some might be inclined to see these verses as the difference between the old and new covenants, where the old is passing away and the new is replacing it, and that would be an accurate interpretation; however, John is saying a little more than that. He could be saying that he gives a new covenant interpretation to the Old Testament, showing how it applies to the age of grace, yet a better way of interpreting this passage is to properly interpret the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, so God can apply His anointing to our minds for the purpose of spiritually understanding the Bible. In the days of the old covenant God commanded Israel to comprehend the Scriptures with their natural minds; if this was important to them, then it is also important to us to have a proper perspective on the Bible, for if we misinterpret His word, how can God anoint us? He cannot anoint deception! God has a plan and purpose for revealing His word to us by the Spirit, and that plan is through obedience, for if we will fill our hands with His word and let Him guide our feet, He will anoint our lives. Then, if we obey His revelation, He can use us to help establish the Kingdom of God, but to merely obey the written word by the natural mind does little to promote God’s kingdom. Whatever God is revealing to us is what we need to obey; in doing it, He will reveal Himself all the more, initiating a snowball effect where God ministers to us as we minister to Him.

(92b) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> Ray of light leading to the face of Christ – The Holy Spirit has a primary but general purpose in all His children, helping us keep His commandments to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Unlike the law, which reads the same to everyone, the Holy Spirit has a secondary and unique ministry in all His children, who's main purpose is to lead us on our custom designed trail of good works, which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk on it (Eph 2-10). We need to be careful to listen for His voice, as Mary (the mother of Jesus) said to the servants at the wedding feast at Cana, “Whatever He says to you, do it” (Jn 2-5). It would behoove us to take her advice. His special ministry will remain within the confines of His general ministry regarding the law. Once we find God’s purpose, He will fill our hands full of His work, and give us inspiration and motivation and desire to do His will.

(106j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Means of hearing from God >> Through the Bible

(107m) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> The Bible will lead you to truth >> True light – On the one hand, the Old Testament reads the same as it always has (including the many translations that express its meaning), so nothing has changed in regard to the message itself, and we could say the same about the New Testament. If we have been saved for thirty-seven years, we can turn to our favorite passage and read the same words we read when we first got saved; nothing has changed with them. “On the other hand,” he says, “I am writing a new commandment to you,” suggesting that God wants to give light to the word that we have heard. He doesn’t just want us to understand facts and information about the Bible; He wants to give us a revelation of it, so He can change our lives and those around us. Even if our interpretation of the Bible is accurate, He calls it darkness if the Spirit has not enlightened us, for “the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.”

(109e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of the word of God >> Revelation of the meaning of God’s word – The word which we have heard is the old covenant law, and the new commandment refers to the new covenant Holy Spirit, giving light to the law and power to the person living the Christian life. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that after writing about this, John speaks about the anointing, which is not mentioned very often in the New Testament, being actually an old covenant concept. How many times does the Bible need to mention something before it is true? The more often a topic is addressed, the more relevant it is, but if the Bible were to mention the anointing once, it would be relevant. The new commandment on paper is no different from the old one, but the Holy Spirit brings so much light to the word of God that it actually seems like a new commandment. The Holy Spirit makes such a difference to the word of God, that what we read on paper and what god has revealed in our hearts, have almost nothing in common. Study Israel's interpretation of their old covenant, and compare that with Jesus’ interpretation of the old covenant, how Israel did not comprehend it, how they were not even able to recognize their own messiah! This shows the level of effect the Holy Spirit has on the child of God in his ability to properly interpret and understand God’s word. When He inhabits our spiritual being, He will change us in ways that will make us unrecognizable to our family and friends, transforming us to new covenant saints. The darkness of our old life is passing away and the light is already rendering a brilliance and a splendor that the world cannot comprehend.

(110j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit of revelation >> Revelation of the truth

(151h) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> Men of faith

(191d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Extract the leaven of false doctrine

(229a) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Growing In Numbers Corresponds With Spiritual Growth >> Kingdom slowly spreads and overtakes darkness

(250hh) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Believe the first message; all subsequent messages are meant to dissuade you – John is talking about many things at once. The New Testament wasn't written yet, so he was talking about the Old Testament in relation to the New, including John’s own writings, which act as a revelation of the old covenant. He was talking about a continuing revelation of the New Testament, not writing new words, but receiving a revelation of what has been written. He was also reminding us to be diligent and embrace the revelation of God’s word that we initially heard, suggesting that all other revelations are a satanic effort to dissuade us from our initial stance. The first word we heard is the one that is from God, and all other versions thereafter are Satan’s attempt to dissuade us from the truth. Therefore, in Mat 24-4,5 when it says, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many,” it implies that this is an effort to dissuade us from the truth after the initial word from God was spoken. Case in point, a divine revival will sweep the world in the last days managed by the Jewish people once they have been enlightened to Jesus as their Messiah. A great deception will come following this revival after everybody has had an opportunity to believe the truth from God. This is according to the principle that God speaks first, then Satan comes behind Him to dissuade us from the word of God. So, these false christs will come after the Great Endtime Revival has been well entrenched to dissuade people from joining this revival, and many will follow these spirits, even though the Jews are being led by the Two Witnesses who perform signs, wonders and miracles and will never claim to be the Christ. They will orchestrate the 144,000, who will lead the gentile nations into the grace of God.

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8&9 On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. 9 The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.

 

1Jn 2,8-11

(169e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> Darkness has a blinding effect – The children’s game Pin the Tail on the Donkey has some relevance to this subject. We all laugh when we put a blindfold on somebody and give him a donkey tail, spin him a few times and then let him go to see if he can find the donkey to pin its tail. We laugh at him because he has no clue where he is going. Everyone all around him can see, and it seems so funny because what he is trying to do is so easy to those who can see. What is blindness? It takes away knowledge. They take off his blindfold and immediately he can see where to pin the tail. The person who has been blinded by hate and bitterness and unforgiveness, listening to the wrong spirits, to demons, is walking in a stagger trying to find his way in the darkness of his sin, and he doesn’t have a clue. The people standing around him can say it is straight ahead or to the left or to the right. In this way a person can pin the tail on the donkey by following directions, but the person in spiritual darkness rejects instruction from everyone but his mentors who are also in the darkness with him, and they are all wearing blindfolds telling each other which way to go, and none of them have a clue. He can hear the sighted people all around him telling him which way to turn, and all it does is fill him with more hate and bitterness. All he needs to do is take off the blindfold and the problem is solved.

1Jn 2-8

(208f) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being the friend of God >> Relationship with God through obedience >> We are His friends if we keep His commandments

1Jn 2,9-11

(92h) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> What kind of trail is this? >> The wrong gate is wide and many enter by it – A person’s heart can be very complicated, unfortunately. Jeremiah 17-9 says, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” The heart remembers the paths we have walked, and it knows when the paths have been crooked and when we have walked in circles. We remember them all, and they make our hearts crooked so that we only understand that which is crooked. The solution is to start walking in a straight line in the direction of the voice of the Holy Spirit, and we will forget all the circles we have walked in the past and begin remembering the straightness of God’s ways and learn to desire them over darkness.

(176c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Ignorance lurks in darkness – The reason we have trouble with bondage, whether it be from bitterness or rage, lust or covetousness, stems from ignorance, which resides in place of our experience with God. Many people misunderstand the definition of ignorance, thinking it as a derogatory word, but ignorance actually refers to a lack of knowledge, such as a person without an education. Learning must come from experience, and this concept of experience suggests that when we study our books to pass courses to earn our degree, we can’t just read them; we must be there in the books and listen to the words as we read them and comprehend the material, and in that comprehension is the experience of learning. The same applies with our relationship with God; we must experience Him; our knowledge of Him must rise above words on a page, and the more we experience Him, the more bondage in our lives will fade into the darkness. We don’t have to make it go away; it will leave on its own, because it can’t abide in the light of God’s truth, for “What fellowship has light with darkness” (2Cor 6-14)?

(179k) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Wolves lead people into a cult >> Leading people through ignorance 

(184e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Darkness >> God controls darkness >> Darkness is the absence of light – Jesus and the Apostle Paul and the Apostle John all equated the biblical concept of “darkness” to disobedience, which ultimately leads to demonic activity. We need to know what John meant by the word “brother”. We could take it in a literal sense and assume he was referring to our spiritual brother in the faith; however, it also includes on a secondary level our worldly neighbor, though he has less weight. If we hate our worldly neighbor, we are just as much in darkness as if we hated our Christian brother. This shuts the door to racism among other things. Anybody who has a genuine faith in God cannot hate his neighbor, regardless of race, color or creed, though we may detest some of the things they do. The difference between bitterness and racism is that one pertains to bondage, while the other pertains to a blatant unwillingness to forgive and accept our fellow man. The later refers to flagrant rebellion against the known will of God, and Christians are not to live this way. Racist people who call themselves by the name of God are Christians in name only. Unforgiveness that turns to bitterness is a type of spiritual bondage that we need to overcome, whereas racism is a sign that we need to get saved.

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1Jn 2-9

(20k) Sin >> Disobedience >> Rejecting the word -- This verse goes with verse 4&11

(24k) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Anger >> Unforgiveness -- This verse goes with verse 11. Unforgiveness has a blinding effect. The words darkness and light are perfect analogies for describing the spiritual realm, yet the Bible never defines them. They are often mentioned, so when we look at all the verses that speak of darkness and light, we are able to understand that Jesus used the word light to represent spiritual truth, which is more than just facts about God. It is knowledge that we comprehend as a result of the Holy Spirit revealing Himself to us. However, being able to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit is not the opposite of spiritual darkness. Rather, darkness implies that we are receiving truth from a different spirit. So bitterness will lead us to listen to the wrong spirits, and these wrong spirits are demons, and these demons teach their victims that it is okay to hate our brother. So, anybody who feels justified in hating his brother has been listening to demons. It says that he does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

(84j) Thy kingdom come >> Your words can lead to your own demise >> Lying -- This verse goes with verse 4

(157c) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Rejecting God >> Rejecting God’s people -- This verse goes with verse 11. John is not talking about believers who are struggling in the faith; he is talking about unbelievers who think they are Christians and would attempt to buffalo the true believers into accepting them as their fellow brothers. If they hate their brother or if they are racists, don’t believe they are Christians. God is not leading them in that way, which opens the possibility that God is not leading them at all. Any Christian who walks in darkness for an extended period eventually succumbs to the darkness. It can erode his faith until he loses it altogether, potentially developing a reprobate mind so that he cannot be restored to repentance. Hatred and bitterness can overtake our faith and eat it alive.

(158h) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Division (Cliques) >> Hating your brother -- This verse goes with verse 11

(174k) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Lip service -- This verse goes with verse 4

(182a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Believing the darkness within you is light -- This verse goes with verse 11. We all know the difference between darkness and light; when we flip off the light switch and we can’t see anymore; that’s darkness. Why then do we have a problem interpreting the difference between darkness and light in the spiritual realm? How could someone perceive darkness as light? He is following the wrong spirit, in which case he is manipulating his own mind in order to believe it. Knowing the difference between darkness and light is easy in both the natural and spiritual realms. Does the light correspond with the commandments of God? Then it is light, but if we hear our hearts telling us to hate certain groups of people, for example, we know the law commandments us to love one another, so we should intuitively know this is not God speaking to us. We can manipulate our minds all night long, but when we walk in darkness, we will stumble over everything under our feet. By the same token, “The one who loves his brother abides in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.” The one who spiritually stumbles generally stumbles over the truth, as Jesus said, “blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over me” (Mat 11-6). The truth is in the way of a person who walks in darkness. The truth is there to lead us to God, but if we see the truth as an obstacle, it just proves we are walking on the wrong trail. The trail of truth is clear of debris; we don’t stumble over darkness. So long as we remain on the trail of good works that God has prepared for us, we will not stumble, because there is no cause for stumbling; there’s nothing in our way.

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10&11 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

 

1Jn 2-10,11

(129h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> love perfects unity >> Genuine love

1Jn 2-10

(42c) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Overcoming sin -- This verse goes with verse 1

(95g) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Having a cooperative attitude >> An attitude that fosters unity

(137l) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing with our brothers >> Maturity is tested by our relationship with others – Sometimes God calls us to ignore foolish and ignorant sinners and their ways (2Tim 2-23), and when they come to rob us of our dignity, we are to forgive them and go on living for Jesus, knowing that this life will one day end. We will be accepted into paradise, while they disappear into the black darkness, which they have always known. Part of forgiving people is simply ignoring the fact of what they did to us.

(139k) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Abiding in Jesus -- This verse goes with verse 24

(156d) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving your fellow man is evidence of salvation >> Love the brethren – According to Rom 12-3, God has given us a measure of faith, and that measure is the flame in our lamp that God has commanded us to protect. If it dies, we have no way of relighting it. If it dies, we will walk in darkness. When we read the epistle of First John, we come to realize that the entire epistle is a list of criteria that we can use to identify our true Christian brothers and expose the false brethren. From verse to verse he speaks this way, and so did James, giving us a way to separate the sheep from the goats. It doesn’t seem this knowledge is significant in the Church today; in fact, there is an assumption that anybody who confesses Jesus must be saved. The Bible is simple enough a little child can understand it, because they want to do the will of God, but when certain adults infiltrate the gospel, bringing all their baggage with them, consisting of sin and bad habits, the gospel just has no place for them.

1Jn 2-11

(20k) Sin >> Disobedience >> Rejecting the word -- This verse goes with verse 4&9

(24k) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Anger >> Unforgiveness -- This verse goes with verse 9. The problem with unforgiveness is that it expresses unbelief in God’s righteous judgment. There are Christian brothers and sisters who struggle with unforgiveness. People caught in bitterness try to suppress it, yet it keeps bobbing to the surface. They can’t seem to get over it; they are in bondage to it. We who have faith can let things go that people do to us, because we understand this life is our offering to God that we sacrifice to do His will. If someone has robbed us or hurt us (or even killed a family member), we can forgive him, because we know there is a judge over all creation and He judges righteously. No one is getting away with anything. If we hold bitterness against someone, at the judgment God will take our bitterness into account, and He will go easier on the person who offended us as a way of judging our bitterness. Therefore, if we want God to judge our enemies, we must forgive them. Rom 12-19,20 says, “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”

(97b) Thy kingdom come >> Having a negative attitude about yourself >> An uncooperative attitude

(157c) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Rejecting God >> Rejecting God’s people -- This verse goes with verse 9

(158h) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Division (Cliques) >> Hating your brother -- This verse goes with verse 4

(161d) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Wandering from the character of God >> Wandering from the love of God -- This verse goes with verse 28. Those who are faithful in Jesus walk in broad daylight, but the one who hates his brother is walking in darkness, like walking off the trail and into the woods in the middle of the night. Perhaps he leaves the trail of good works following the sound of someone else’s voice, and as soon as he ventures off the trail he is automatically and immediately lost. He can’t see the deadfall in front of him; he trips over a few stumps and then veers into a swamp and become hip deep in mud. His venture off the trail ends in an absolute disaster. He stops and prays and asks for help, and he has to wait for the morning light to come, and then he has to find his way back to the blessed path that was so easy and logical to follow. When he finds it he stays on it.

(182a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Believing the darkness within you is light -- This verse goes with verse 9. It is interesting that in life, blind people are in darkness because their eyes don’t work, but those who suffer from spiritual blindness, their eyes don’t work because of the darkness. That is also the case of animals that live in caves where there is never any light. Many of them actually have eyes, though they don’t work because of disuse. Nature says that if we don’t use them, we lose them. Same goes for the spiritual realm; the darkness has blinded their eyes.

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12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake. 

 

1Jn 2,12-14

(8a) Responsibility >> Use time efficiently >> Use wisely what time you have – John used the words: children, young men and fathers to imply their spiritual development, being largely based on a person’s chronological age, indicating there is a correlation between them, though many people get saved and never grow but remain children in their thinking for decades. The first six months they were excited about their newfound faith, and then they became complacent and quit growing. In their case they may be sixty or seventy years old, but John is still calling them children. There are others who grow beyond their childhood years to become young men, and then there are the few that have spiritually grown for as long as they have been Christians. Obviously they had lulls in their development like anybody, but they quickly returned to their faith. These are the fathers. They are usually older people, because it takes time to spiritually grow; God takes His time in everything He does.

(46c) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Knowledge is our weapon -- These verses go with verses 7&8. Children have not developed the skills and abilities and relationship with God to overcome the evil one; they get knocked-down and beat-up a lot, but then they mature to become young men, and they overcome the evil one. All their weaknesses and sins they are finally getting a rein on them, and they are learning self-control and the tricks of the devil and how to avoid pitfalls. Now when the devil batters them, they don’t always fall; when he wars with them, they don’t always lose. They are learning to stand in the Lord and wield the sword of God’s word, and they are learning who is their enemy and how to overcome him. This all takes time and experience.

(75b) Thy kingdom come >> Motives of the heart >> Motives for doing the will of God -- These verses go with verse 21

(148f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Natural advantage as an evangelist >> Being youthful -- These verses go with verse 1

(238j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachers "remind" their students >> Teaching by rote – John reiterated himself, teaching by rote. Anytime the Bible teaches by rote, it indicates that what is being said is important. It is important that young men overcome the evil one, and it is important for fathers to know that Jesus existed before the beginning of all things. Whatever God did first, Jesus was before that, and John is teaching this by rote, underscoring its importance. As we develop in the faith, one of the things we should incorporate in our understanding of God is that Jesus Christ is an aspect of God. We must believe the trinity. This has been given to the fathers, because it requires the most knowledge and experience to comprehend such things.

1Jn 2-12,13

(224d) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Describing the kingdom after he makes all things new >> Children of God resemble their Father – When children are very young, their parents are their whole world. Later when they mature to become young men and women, they don’t remember their toddler years like their parents; for them it was a wonderful time. Good parents love their little children. They are cute and cry and fall a lot and skin their knees and elbows and need protection, a lot of maintenance, oodles of TLC and many band-aids. Their parents do just about everything for them, and the children scarcely appreciate it, but the parents don’t mind, because they know that this is the way it is with young children. Parents savor their children’s adoration of them in total dependence, but the parents want their kids to eventually mature, and become men and women, who don’t fall as often or need as much help. They can start doing things on their own, though Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (Jn 15-5). Young men learn how to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ in a world of evil.

 

1Jn 2-12

(120f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness >> Forgiveness is an act of mercy >> God passes over our sins -- This verse goes with verses 1&2. This is what happens to Christians when they first get saved; they realize they have been forgiven. It is usually their first revelation. Isn't it beautiful that when we first get saved, we come to know our spiritual Father immediately. The very first day that we are born of the Spirit we are introduced to the Father! We don't have to work up to it like we would in the corporate world. The Kingdom of God is based on different principles, so we don't have to grovel our way to the top; instead God places us there at the start and trains us along our Christian travels to realize our exalted position with Him. 

(234b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seeking the glory of His favor – God has forgiven us for His own sake, not just for ours. Talk to Christians these days and all we will hear is what God has done for us, but the fact is, all things are for His sake. Long before He created anything He planned everything; He knew from the beginning everything that would happen. He has every intension of blessing us beyond imagination, but we also must remember that He is doing it for His own sake and not just for ours. That is, we are beneficiaries of His election of us. He wanted to create a people for His own sake who are zealous for good works (Tit 2-14), and we who believe in Him are those people. All we know is the plan of salvation, but God has plans that go far beyond that. We will eventually get to heaven and the True Church will finally be together at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and God will reveal more of His plan to us then. There will be a Millennium, a thousand-year reign of Christ, and then He will destroy this present universe, including the earth and He will recreate a new heavens and a new earth and establish His heavenly city, New Jerusalem, on the new earth, and His plan will continue from there. All we know is that little piece of God's plan where has sent His Son to die for our sins that we can be forgiven, so we can live with Him in heaven, but that is just the beginning; there is so much more that God has planned for His creation. He plans on creating many more things and so many more people.

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13&14 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 

 

1Jn 2-13,14

(46m) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Demons are subject to the word of God

(137g) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing in Jesus is hard work >> Maturity is the process of growing – Those who have been walking in the Lord for a long time, their benefit is a deep and an abiding knowledge of God that they have accumulated over the years. They have been through some battles, and they have learned how to fight them through the strength of God instead of the arm of the flesh. They develop the tools of spiritual warfare based on a learning curve.  

(208j) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Knowing God >> Sharing intimacy with Him

(244b) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> The Father is eternally glorified – If Children know their father, how much more do young men and fathers know Him? We have a relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, but the whole point is to know the Father; Jesus was always saying this. He sought to wean His disciples off Himself and onto the Holy Spirit and ultimately to the Father, because He is the purpose of everything; all things are for the sake of the Father. Really, what do we know about Him? We know that Jesus came to reveal the Father, for to know Christ is to know the Father, being in perfect agreement and unity with each other. Still, the Father is a conundrum to us, in that beyond what Jesus has revealed to us, we know nothing else about Him, such as His form. We don’t know if He has the body of a human or if He has a body at all. We know He must be more than a Spirit, though Jesus said, “God is Spirit.” The Father must be an entity that distinguishes Himself from the other members of the trinity. The Father must be a composition of the other two, plus one more aspect of God that defines His essence, something we cannot presently imagine. It will be interesting to discover the Father’s essence one day. In fact, it will take an eternity to understand some aspects of God, meaning that we never will understand Him in some ways. We were not created to understand Him in some ways, and for these things we worship Him.

(253b) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the external qualities of the Father >> Son is infinite and eternal like the Father – People who have walked with God many years and developed a vibrant relationship with Him have come to a revelation that Jesus Christ existed before the beginning. When He speaks about the “beginning”, we don’t know what beginning He meant, so we must include all beginnings, and of course it doesn’t say how long before the beginning He existed, so the implication is that He existed from eternity past. Certain cults like the Jehovah Witnesses say that God created Christ and then created everything else through Him, but the Bible says that Jesus existed before the beginning, and if Jesus were a created being as they claim, the fact that he was created would be a beginning, and we know that Christ could not have lived before He existed. This proves Jesus was not created; therefore He is a divine aspect of God. Jesus lived before all beginnings (Col 1-17). Consequently, people who are mature in their faith understand that Jesus Christ is God; He always was and He always will be, the Alpha and the Omega. He is the cause of every beginning.

1Jn 2-14

(9i) Responsibility >> Strengthen one another >> Be strong

(80h) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word to minister to God >> In your inner man -- This verse goes with verse 24

 

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 

 

1Jn 2,15-19

(156l) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Living an ungodly lifestyle >> Associating with the world – John is so forthright in these verses that he says with all confidence; anybody who loves the world is not a Christian. That is, anybody who loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, meaning he does not love God, and how can he be a Christian and not love God? There is no doubt many people think this is possible, but it isn’t possible to love God and the world at the same time according to Scripture. Anybody who loves the world needs to be saved from it. Both James and John wrote epistles that we can use as evidence to determine whether someone is a Christian or not, and then Paul says just before we proclaim a person either saved or unsaved, stop just short of it and say instead, ‘God knows those who are His, and let everyone who names the name of the Lord abstain from wickedness’ (2Tim 2-19). In other words, what James and John offer is evidence, not proof, of a person’s salvation. Show me someone who loves the world and I will show you a person who is not a Christian, but there is a gray area; no one knows the inner workings of another person’s mind or how he has been advantaged or disadvantaged in life; only God knows who belong to Him.

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1Jn 2,15-17

(22d) Sin >> Greed takes without consideration for others >> The worldliness of greed – This passage is a real eye-opener as to how God views the world; He sees it as something that is evil and needs to be reconciled to Himself; and for this reason Jesus went to the cross. Those who are of the world fall into one of two groups, either they have not yet been reconciled to God, or they never will. Those of us who are born of God are no longer of the world, but are of God. The only point of going into the world is to preach Jesus to people that some might be saved. The world is like a ship with a hole in the bottom of its hull and it has as its cargo all the people of earth, and God wants to draw them to Himself as though He were a lifeboat.

(22f) Sin >> Lust (craving pleasure) >> Fleshly desire

(57d) Paradox >> Opposites >> Friend of the world is an enemy of God

(84g) Thy kingdom come >> Words of your mouth >> Boasting in men is not needed

(154e) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Witness that the world is godless >> Witness that the world hates God

(164b) The World (Key verse)

(165f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not partake of the world >> Do not love the world – This thing that John calls the “world” is not the earth, but human civilization. Every world empire that has existed on the earth has been different from the others, yet each civilization incorporates three elements into its worldview that ultimately manifests through its culture, becoming the trust of society. They are, “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life,” that is: greed, lust and pride. The love of God and love for fellow man are not mentioned. In their place are the pursuit of self-interest, the pursuit of pleasure, and the egotistical reveling in these things. For this reason John warns not to love the world that man has created. Nowhere in the Bible does it say we should not love people, which are the constituents of society, but John is saying not to love the world, that is, the belief system that people collectively develop for their civilization that represents the entire group. 

(167a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Lust of the fleshly mind

(170h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Temporary >> Rewards of this life are temporary

(183g) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Spirit of the broad road >> Spirit of the world – Every culture has one thing in common, invariably they all deny God His sovereign rule over mankind. People exclude God by developing a religion to explain Him and then integrate their religious views into their culture, allowing their religion to reign over them instead of God, so that man retains control of his own destiny. John is warning us not to be seduced by our culture’s belief systems that do not incorporate God’s vision of mankind, reminding us that the world is passing away; that is, it is dying.

(187j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Spirit versus the flesh >> Trying to work the Spirit by the flesh

(191j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> Set apart from the world – Within the first couple hundred years, the Church remained separate from the world. Back then the Church was more like the Amish, who are almost exclusively agrarian and support each other’s businesses and often have jobs in the world, but whenever possible employ their fellow Amish citizens and keep to themselves, the only big difference from the early church being that they evangelized their worldly neighbors, often resulting in persecution, but many were saved and the Church grew very rapidly. Then, in the third century the Catholic Church came into being and nationalized Christianity, radically curbing persecution, but in the process of avoiding persecution it had to give up its identity as distinct from the world and Roman culture. The Church is still part of the world today, but this was absolutely not God's will. Now a person can be a Christian and also be part of the world without any conflicts, except that Christianity for the most part doesn’t work anymore. 2Cor 6-17 says, “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate, says the lord. And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you.”

(194h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Hate evil >> Victory over sin >> Hate evil by doing good – When John said, “Do not love the world,” he did not mean that we should like it or did dislike; he meant that we should hate it! Looking throughout the Scriptures, there is virtually no case when God ever liked or disliked anything. For example, it says in Rom 9-13, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” God didn’t actually hate Esau but compared to His love for Jacob it seemed that He hated him. He hates and loves with nothing in-between. So when God tells us not to love the world, He is telling us to hate it, not the people but what they represent. Jesus called Satan the ruler of the world in Jn 14-30. By association then, people of the world who do not belong to God are his children. We are not to hate the world with a fleshly hatred, but with a divine hatred, the way God hates it. Remember in Jn 3-16 Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” So according to these two verses, we see that God both hates the world and loves it at the same time. He loves people so much that He gave His only Son to redeem them from a world that He hates. It is the fact that Satan controls the world that He hates, but He hates sin too. When we commit sin and associate with the world, the closer we come into agreement with it, the more we can relate to Satan and the more God’s hatred of the world applies to our behavior. God loves us through His vision of us, which pertains to rejecting the world and becoming separate as His own possession, zealous for good works (Tit 2-14).

1Jn 2-15,16

(249l) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> World’s perception of wealth >> The world’s wealth has no value >> The world’s idea of wealth opposes the truth

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16-18 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 

 

1Jn 2-16

(22i) Sin >> Lust (craving pleasure) >> Lust of the eyes

1Jn 2-17

(23i) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> God’s perspective on the poor

(87e) Thy kingdom come >> Ministry to God through obedience >> Seeking the glory of God – There is no lust in heaven, lust being a microcosm for the rest of the world’s attributes. The world is passing away, along with its evil characteristics and wicked personality traits. The darkness will either become light or it will be confined to a certain location, quarantined from the rest of creation. It says that the one who does the will of God lives forever, and so death itself will be thrown into hell, after He passes judgment on His creation and puts everything in its place, and there it will remain forever. Everybody who took part of this death will be thrown into hell, meaning they will be dead, though still conscious and aware. God will have given them a different body, one that befits their state of death and one that befits their judgment. Having new bodies that can survive the flames of hell, they will be thrown into it and tormented forever, because they refused to submit to God’s authority, but the one who does the will of God lives forever. He will be invited to enter through the gates of heaven, the New Jerusalem, which will be their new home, called paradise. God defines the word life differently from us. We define life as not dead, but God defines life as the absence of death, and where death is absent life continues forever. Throughout the Scriptures, life is associated with light and darkness is associated with death, so we will be invited into the eternal life of God’s light, which is the New Jerusalem that does not require a light, for the Lamb of God is the light of life, and there is no night there, meaning we will never have to sleep, and we will never get tired. Those who are invited to this heavenly paradise are those who have obeyed the will of God, not just believed in Him but obeyed Him.

(127h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Rewards for doing good >> Doing good is the will of God

(156b) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving God is evidence of salvation >> Keeping His commandments -- This verse goes with verses 3-6

(243h) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The indestructible kingdom >> The body of Christ is indestructible >> The new creation is indestructible

(247k) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God >> We play our part in the will of God >> Doing the will of God

1Jn 2,18-20

(50c) Judgment >> God judges the world >> These are the last days – John is saying that antichrists are a sign of the last days, indicating that the apostle John lived in the beginning of the last age. Antichrists could not come until Christ came, and by extension the age of Messiah, which is the age of grace, marks the last age of man’s reign on earth, calling it the last hour. Not only was the coming of Jesus a sign that the end of man’s reign has come, but also antichrists represent that same sign. Therefore, Christ and antichrist have one thing in common; they both signify the last age of man, and what this actually means is that much of endtime prophecy had already been written in the Old Testament, and in it we see that complete desolation is coming, and it could only come after Christ introduced His age of grace. In introducing that age He also inadvertently introduced antichrists, which began to populate even during the days of John. The original apostles knew there was no way the Church would keep these antichrists from infiltrating the Church, posing as honorable Christians, some even claiming to be the Christ. Once they thoroughly infiltrated the church and introduced their destructive heresies such as we have in the Church today, they could then begin to spread their doctrines into the world and make “Christians” from many who would have believed the truth, who instead believed what was false, who will continue the cycle of corrupting the gospel and then perpetuating their satanic belief systems.

1Jn 2-18,19

(160f) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Led by the devil into the wilderness – The attitude of false brethren and antichrists have influenced the world to such a degree that our neighborhoods are crumbling from a lack of substance. Jesus said that the Church is the salt of the earth (Mat 5-13). If the church were living for Jesus as it should, even unbelievers would have been influenced to dedicate their lives to the moral precepts of the Church, thus preserving the world, but since the Church barely adheres to their own teachings, the world has become utterly corrupt. People who follow Satan have embraced his teachings and doctrines and live by his elementary principles, so when they are offended by true believers, when they leave the Church, they are led by the devil into waterless places, where they must struggle for survival. This is the life of criminals and sinners, who can’t see fit to be born-again and follow Jesus and inherit eternal life. To those who belong to Jesus it is unfathomable why they just can’t believe and be saved and lead a quiet and simple life in the love of God. Yet, it is impossible to the vast majority of them, to the false brethren, because they think they are already saved, and to antichrists, because they have reprobate minds, living in absolute hopelessness.

(172a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Devils among the saints >> False brethren among the people of God >> Antichrists among Christians

(174j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Form of godliness but denying the truth

(180c) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Be shrewd as wolves and more innocent than they appear >> Fighting off wolves with a clever innocence >> Being more innocent than their self-righteousness – There were antichrists infiltrating churches even in the days of John and the apostle Paul was extremely livid with them. He intended to prove not only to the antichrists but also to the Church how a true apostle should behave. He went the extra mile and ratcheted-up his devotion to Christ to such an extreme that no antichrist would ever go there (2Cor 11,12-15,23-30). It wouldn’t be worth it to be unmercifully whipped, beaten and imprisoned for years. There is no antichrist willing to go through that just to win over a lot of Christians for a little fame and fortune. Although there were many proofs given to us to identify the true believers in Jesus and to identify the false brother and the antichrist, yet people in the Church over the millennia were far too lazy in spirit to detect them.

(191e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Extract the leaven from the Church

(200m) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> He is against Christ who does not receive Him >> Whoever receives the world is against Christ

1Jn 2-18

(46f) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Fall of Satan >> Resisting Satan’s deception – “The last hour” refers to the last 2000-year “age” that has elapsed since Christ shed His blood for mankind. Note that antichrists didn’t come until the real Christ came, since the devil had nothing to counterfeit until Jesus appeared. It is an interesting paradox that Satan is a counterfeiter, which is an attempt to copy as close as possible to the real thing, yet anti- means opposite. So, outwardly he tries to replicate the attributes of Christ, while inwardly he possesses the opposite characteristics of Christ. How close of an approximation does Satan need to attain before he can successfully deceive the world that he is the Christ? He doesn’t have to get very close to fool the whole world, since people are gullible and more than willing to believe a lie over the truth about God. These are the forces that Christians must battle, and all the more the closer we get to the unveiling of Satan’s last world empire. Evil is escalating in our world today faster than most people can keep up with it. Life is becoming more of a challenge to everyone by the darkness that is attempting to engulf us all.

(203h) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from God

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19-22 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

 

1Jn 2-19,20

(70c) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Being sensitive to the Spirit >> Test the spirits – These antichrists have defected from the Church, meaning they originated from the Church. “They went out from us,” John said, because they were unable to mask the fact that they did not love God by demonstrating a love for their fellow man. We see no reason to believe these are Christians, and in this verse he adds that without love we see more evidence that they belong to the antichrist. Those who attempt to be part of the Church proves a spirit motivates them, but the fact that they do not love the brethren proves the spirit is not from God. Therefore, those in the Church who do not love the brethren are the antichrist, and eventually they will leave on their own volition after finding no place in the body of Christ. The more people exhibit these attributes in the Church, the closer these churches resemble the counterfeit church of antichrist, which John later in the book of revelation collectively calls “The Great Whore.”

1Jn 2-19

(159c) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit godliness >> Counterfeit Christian – The word “they” means those who would follow antichrists. In other words, whoever leaves the fellowship of the brethren have proven themselves not to be of the true saints, the group to which John was an active member and leader. He is saying that those who left the brotherhood have also left the faith. The Church was strong and vibrant and the antichrists could not overcome it, and so they had to leave. The only way these false brothers and the antichrists could remain in assembly is if they were able to infiltrate its doctrines and take over the Church; then the righteous would have to leave, and in many cases this has happened.

1Jn 2-20

(111c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit of truth -- This verse goes with verse 24. This is the first time John uses the word anointing in his epistle. He contrasts the spirit of antichrist with the anointing, suggesting these are perfect opposites. God gives His children an anointing as a vehicle of revelation knowledge and discernment. God gives us an anointing to discern the true children of God from the devil, and to develop a spiritual understanding of His word, otherwise known as the truth. This implies that God's truth is more than just facts and information of the Bible. God’s people understand the Bible differently from those who have read the Bible but don’t believe it. We understand the Bible differently from scientists who understand their field of study, whose knowledge is lifeless facts and information. God’s word as we comprehend it by the anointing allows us to know God on a spiritual level. God is Spirit, and we must know Him by His Spirit or we will not know Him at all?

(113a) The Anointing (Key verse)

(113l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Anointing establishes us in His will -- This verse goes with verse 27

(133a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> God is holy >> The Father is holy

1Jn 2-21

(43g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfect (mature) >> Flawless -- This verse goes with verse 27

(75b) Thy kingdom come >> Motives of the heart >> Motives for doing the will of God -- This verse goes with verse 26

(80d) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word to learn the ways of God >> Leading to the truth

(107h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Church is of the truth >> God’s people are the true witnesses of God

(155j) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> The word of God bears witness of the believer – John is walking by the principles of Christ when he writes to the Church because they know the truth, according to the principle that Jesus delivered in this verse, “Whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him” (Mat 13-12). John wrote to the Church, because he knew there are many who will receive what he says, who will be encouraged and grow by his words. Now we know why this principle exists: more is given to the one who already has because he is the one who will receive it. God is more interested in giving to those who will readily receive Him, than to those who will not. Jesus said, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces” (Mat 7-6). God doesn’t give His treasures to dogs, and in this way we see the Church on a spiritual level is based on capitalistic principles. This is how Capitalism works: the one who has the most finds it easier to gain more, but the one who has the least finds it difficult to make ends meet at all. However, we look in the book of Acts and see that the Church is based on Communistic principles in the physical realm; i.e. the one who is lacking, the Church should help supply his needs. Physically Socialism is the principle in place in the Church, but spiritually capitalism is the principle in place. We understand the physical realm much better than we do the spiritual realm in that we know if someone is struggling we should help him, but it is impossible to help those who are spiritually unwilling to receive. Those who spiritually have least not even God can help, because they are unreceptive toward Him.

(222k) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> Give to him who has >> Whoever has shall more be given – John is not writing to inform us of the truth; he is writing because we already know the truth. Why does he need to write the epistle of First John if we already know the truth? John is writing to supplement our knowledge of the truth, so the more we commit to the truth, the easier truth will come to us, like a snowball effect.

1Jn 2-22,23

(157g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Deceiving and being deceived >> Deceiving -- These verses go with verse 4

(183k) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Truth is the enemy of the spirit of error >> Spirit of error rejects the truth

(199g) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Throwing God away >> Denying Christ – There are all kinds of religions out there; hence all kinds of liars. Almost every one of them admits that Jesus was a prophet. Even Christianity says that, but Christianity goes further and says that He was the Christ, the Son of God, Israel's Messiah. Every religion that believes Jesus was God in human flesh is Christian and has the Father also, and every religion that denies this is anti-Christian. The Holy Spirit is the one who teaches us these things, so he is automatically part of the package. Therefore, we who believe that Jesus Christ is God in human flesh have the trinity abiding in us. Keep in mind that a liar may know the truth but tells a different story, suggesting that God sees no legitimate excuse for rejecting Christ as the Son of God. They are at fault for believing and telling lies about His Son. Israel believed their Messiah would come to them as God in human flesh just as He did, but because He came in human weakness as the lamb of God they did not recognize Him. They didn’t believe in Him because they were looking for someone who would deliver them from their enemies, the Romans at the time, yet God has held them accountable for their misunderstanding throughout the millennia. All other religions that deny the Father or the Son will go the way of Israel, though Israel has one advantage; it has a permanent connection with the Father as physical descendants of Abraham, for God has not rejected His people.

(201a) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> He is against Christ who does not receive Him >> Whoever does not receive God’s word is against Christ – People don’t know what they are doing when they deny Jesus as Israel’s Messiah. Many Christians these days are reluctant to acknowledge the Jewish race as the basis of their faith, yet Christianity is rooted in Israel’s past. Therefore, to be unwilling to confess Jesus is Israel’s Messiah is to deny that Jesus is the Christ. That is, anybody who denies that the Christian faith has derivations with the nation of Israel is akin to the antichrist. There are entire denominations of Christianity that refuse to acknowledge their faith as having anything to do with the Jewish people. When we confess Jesus to be the Christ, Israel’s Messiah, then we are confessing Him to be God in human flesh, for what we need to understand about Israel’s Messiah is that they were expecting God to come and set up His kingdom on the earth, so that Israel would reign over the nations through Him, which the Church also anticipates, that period called the Millennium. Only Christians believe that Jesus is the Christ; all false religions deny it; this is what makes them false. The book of First John is a litany of indicators by which we gauge people and their beliefs to see if they hold to Scripture. We dip the litmus paper of John’s validations into solution to see if a person is an actual brother in the Lord, and if he passes the test, fine, but if he fails, then we have cause to be deeply skeptical. If they confess that Jesus is the Christ, then John says he is a brother in the faith. In biblical times a person could get killed for confessing Jesus, being a time when the world was trying to snuff out Christianity. Nowadays, a person can confess Jesus without too many consequences; we might be mocked and ridiculed, but it probably won’t cost our life. A day is coming, though, when martyrdom will return, and that is when John’s acid test is most acute.

1Jn 2-22

(180b) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Wolves lead people into a cult >> Wolves bypass the cross

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23-25 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.

 

1Jn 2-23,24

(255g) Trinity >> Father, Son and Holy Spirit >> The process of imparting the substance of God >> Father discloses the Spirit by the word

1Jn 2-23

(83f) Thy kingdom come >> Intercession >> Jesus stands in the gap >> He is our mediator

(114k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Working God’s grace through Christ >> Jesus is the way to the Father

(150d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Confessing the salvation of Christ >> Confessing Jesus because you are saved

1Jn 2-24

(80h) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word to minister to God >> In your inner man -- This verse goes with verse 4

(92j) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way connects you to God >> It demonstrates your relation to Him -- This verse goes with verses 27-29

(106f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> When He speaks and what He says – This is the most important verse in the Bible regarding how to receive a word from God. The Holy Spirit has two ministries, His general ministry of helping us keep the commandments of God, and His specific ministry of leading us along our custom designed trail of good works. God spoke to Abraham through the Holy Spirit and commanded him to journey to a distant land that his fathers never knew and to make it his new homeland with his wife, Sarah. So, Abraham went; He obeyed the Holy Spirit, and thus the Christian walk was born. Our specific calling from God resembles the life that Abraham walked with God. He wasn’t following the law, but the Holy Spirit, who led Abraham to fulfill a specific ministry by receiving a specific word from God regarding how he should dedicate his life to God. The Holy Spirit also has a specific word for each of us regarding how we should dedicate our lives to God. It is something we must be careful to listen and diligent to do. His specific ministry is something we must know beyond a shadow of a doubt, and this verse advises us how to receive this word from God. John said, “Let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning.” He was intimating that the first thing we hear from God is the truth; anything after that is an opportunity for a counterfeit spirit to breathe a counterfeit word into us to derail us from God’s specific will in our lives. What we heard from the beginning, the very first word from God, that is the truth; everything else contrary to the first word is deception and lies. We must open our mind and heart to the Holy Spirit, but we must also know when to close our ears to the wrong spirits that would speak lies to us. The devil would love to get us committed to something other than the will of God, to waste our faith on meaningless efforts that bears little to no fruit, to discourage us from pursuing God’s purpose that He has designed for us from all eternity.

(111c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit of truth -- This verse goes with verses 27&28

(132i) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Filled with the Spirit >> Filled with the blessing of God

(139k) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Abiding in Jesus -- This verse goes with verses 27&28

(208a) Salvation >> Salvation verses >> The kindness of God >> The cross – The key to this verse is the word “heard”. We are to let the words that we heard from the beginning abide in us, that Jesus died to save sinners. We are to let this true word of God reside in the central core of our being, where all the decision-making is done, and where all our value system is assembled and where all our attitudes and values originate. The word of God should dwell in the center of that which defines us. If we place His word anywhere else, such as in a dark corner of our mind or a piece of our memory that comes and goes, God can do nothing for us. He deserves to reside at the forefront of our lives and at the doorway of our heart. If we put His word in our heart, then God will place His Spirit in us, superimposing Himself over His word. These two, the Spirit and the word, are essentially the same, and they work together to create the substance of God in us. The anointing is the spiritual equivalent of His word that can exhale from us to convey the gospel in power that we might know how to speak in every situation. If He abides in us, then we abide in Him, and if we behave similarly to the word that abides in us, then we have the right to manifest His Kingdom as members of His body.

(255d) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Jesus is the word of the Spirit >> Jesus is the authority of God’s word

1Jn 2-25

(205aa) Salvation >> Verses useful in evangelism

(205a) According To Promise (Key verse)

(205e) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> Promise of eternal life – Isn’t it wonderful that he didn’t say something else? Nothing is impossible with God, except that He could not have improved on his promise! There may be other promises and a host of benefits and blessings appended to this one promise, including the joy of having a relationship with God and the hope that it invokes in the human heart, but everything pales to the promise of eternal life. Everything we will enjoy and experience throughout eternity is possible through this promise.

(244e) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> Eternal life of the trinity >> Father is the source of eternal life

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26&27 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. 27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

 

1Jn 2,26-29

(107g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >>

(155g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Holy Spirit bears witness of the believer – There is the indwelling Holy Spirit that confirms with our spirit that we are the children of God, and then there is the anointing that teaches us the word of God. Jesus talked about the indwelling Holy Spirit and the anointing as the same when He told the parable of “The Kingdom of Heaven [being] like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened” (Mat 13-33). It sat overnight and in the morning the entire lump of dough was leavened from the inside-out. God places His Spirit in our spirit, and He begins to work in us, controlling our lives as we yield to Him, so the observer can see the Kingdom of God manifesting in our lives. In the process of this manifestation we also come to know the truth. The anointing teaches us about God.

1Jn 2-26,27

(69a) Authority >> Discernment >> Judging truth and error >> Correcting false reasoning – A person may believe doctrines that the Bible doesn’t teach for years. They may be members of a Bible-believing church and attend regularly, yet they got deceived, because they opened their hearts to the wrong people and to the wrong spirits. When they cleanse themselves of these things, they discover they are alone. There is no longer anybody who believes the way they do. This becomes a deterrent for many people. On some level they willingly remain ignorant, since the doctrines they believe are the things that bind them together with other people, and they don’t want to lose the relationships. However, it is better to lose the relationships and hopefully find new people who believe a more accurate version of the truth, than to stay with what is familiar, because eventually this will lead to a dead end. If we put our lives in fast-motion, we would see the road narrowing and the trees encroaching the road, leading us further into the woods to nowhere. It appears that the road is about to suddenly end, and so the only thing to do is backtrack sometimes for miles, and those miles represent years.

(113m) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Guard the anointing – The anointing protects us from deceivers, from those who would lie to us, from false doctrine and from spiritual deception. The ultimate goal of the anointing is to teach us to abide in Him, and abiding in Him grants us access into further anointing. In this way it grows, just as it testifies that we are the children of God and know the truth. The Spirit of God burns the truth into each Christian as we come to know Him as with a hot branding iron. This is the way that all spirits work, whether the spirit of God or the spirit of demons. If we believe the doctrines of demons, we do so with conviction just as we believe the truth from God. How do we know we learned the truth from God or learned deception from demons, since in both cases the word is burned into us? We must be vigilant to protect our minds and hearts from strange spirits and their doctrines. If we are not vigilant, like a fish we might bite on one of these doctrines and get caught on a hook that we cannot shake, and now we belong to the spirit in the boat above us. Therefore, the way to protect our hearts from spiritual deception is on a moment-by-moment basis, remaining vigilant at all times, constantly checking our knowledge with the Scriptures and being honest with ourselves. If something doesn’t seem right, we must truly look into ourselves for possible errors in our thinking and judgment. Sometimes rooting out skewed teaching is painful, but the benefits are worth it.

(183f) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Nursery for the Spirit of error >> Ignorance – There were those who were trying to deceive the saints even back in the days of the early church. Deceiving and being deceived, they spread their false doctrines in a mindset of ignorance, using only their selfish ambitions for monetary profit to steer them into their lies.

1Jn 2-26

(75b) Thy kingdom come >> Motives of the heart >> Motives for doing the will of God -- This verse goes with verses 12-14

1Jn 2,27-29

(92j) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way connects you to God >> It demonstrates your relation to Him -- These verses go with verse 24

1Jn 2-27,28

(106n) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Purpose of hearing from God >> God gives us instruction

(111c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit of truth -- These verses go with verse 20

(139k) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Abiding in Jesus -- These verses go with verse 10

1Jn 2-27

(35h) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> The anointing – My definition of the anointing is: the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that is allowed to manifest in the natural realm through divinely inspired obedience. Note that John refers to the anointing just after he reminds us that there are those who are trying to deceive us. One of the purposes of the anointing is to deliver us from deception, so nobody can lie to us. Therefore, the first thing the anointing does is reveals God’s word to us by the Spirit. Our spiritual understanding of God acts as a barrier so that not even the devil himself can lie to us, for the anointing teaches us about God on a spiritual level that the demons of hell cannot traverse. So, if we don’t assist Satan to subvert the anointing in us, there is nothing he can do. The anointing is Satan's greatest enemy, for it represents a perfect blend of knowledge and obedience, which brings us to the second ministry of the anointing: After He teaches us about God's word, He can teach us how to apply our spiritual knowledge to abide in Him. We abide in Him by loving one another. As we combine our knowledge of God with our obedience, He will increase our anointing the more these two become one, creating a perpetual cycle that increases our anointing the more we abide in Him.

(43g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfect (mature) >> Flawless -- This verse goes with verse 21

(109h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit the teacher >> Spirit teaches us about the word of God >> Spirit teaches us about Jesus

(113l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Anointing establishes us in His will -- This verse goes with verse 20

(114f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Receiving a revelation from God through obedience

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28&29 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.

 

1Jn 2-28

(50b) Judgment >> God judges the world >> The second coming of Christ

(60c) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> The second coming / End time revival

(100c) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance >> Persevere in abiding in Christ – How many people over the last 2000 years have died and entered eternity in shame because they did not abide in Him throughout their lives in the flesh, and we are talking about Christians? If John must tell us to abide in Him, then it must not be automatic. We know that the Holy Spirit abides in us who believe in Jesus, but that doesn’t guarantee we abide in Him. This concept of abiding in Christ, Jesus spoke as a commandment in Jn 15,4-10, as something we must forcibly do, which involves subjecting our flesh to the will of God. The Holy Spirit doesn’t abide in us sometimes and sometimes not; when He came to abide in us on the day of our salvation, He remains in us forever. The day we meet God, He will see that His Spirit abides in our souls, which is His criterion for letting us into His heaven. Part of making sure that the Holy Spirit abides in us is to abide in Him, that is, abide in His will. Abiding in Him goes beyond obeying the Scriptures and being a good person. If we have a vibrant relationship with the Lord through the word of God and prayer, and if we are in constant communion with the Holy Spirit who abides in us, as our relationship with the Lord flourishes, God will reveal the specifics of His will that we might fulfill it too. So we have the general will of God in the Scriptures, and we also have the specific will of God revealed by the Spirit, and obeying these things is what it means to abide in Him. In this way, if we are alive in the flesh when Jesus returns, we will not shrink away from Him in shame at his coming; or in the event of our death we depart from this life, we will enter eternity in full confidence.

(108ha) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Spiritual revelation >> Revelation of His return

(122g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in yourself as you die to sin >> Confident in good conscience – Everything we do in this life is for the sake of that very first moment when we meet God face to face, that we may have a clear conscience, having lived to the best of our knowledge and ability according to His will. We have listened to the Holy Spirit and obeyed what He commanded us. Now we can stand before Him and receive the promise of eternal life and our reward of obedience, which is a place with Him among the faithful and true.

(153d) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Hiding under a cloud of guilt >> Your sin will find you out

(154j) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Conscience >> Having a good conscience >> God is my conscience

(161d) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Wander >> Wandering from the character of God >> Wandering from the love of God -- This verse goes with verse 11

(196e) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Immaturity >> Not mature enough to die to self >> Unable to obey God

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1Jn 2-29 

(155k) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their fruits >> You will know them by their good deeds >> Good works that prove we belong to Christ – It is those who practice righteousness, John says, who prove they are the children of God. There are good people who don’t believe in Jesus, yet John is saying there is a righteousness that only the children of God can produce. This righteousness is the love of the brethren. Good people who don’t believe in Jesus do not love the brethren. Those who practice the love of the brethren prove that they are born of God. Christian righteousness/love (Jn 15-13) seeks to give glory to God, whereas the self-righteous person seeks glory for himself. Therefore, we know that everyone who practices giving glory to God is born of Him. There are many imposters in the world who attempt to develop a righteousness/love of their own that is not meant to glorify God. Most people who do this intend to lay their good deeds before the Lord at their judgment as a means of appeasing Him, as through He were one of the many gods that are in the world. This is what they used to do in Baal worship and with false gods that people worship to this day, but when they meet God who created the heavens and the earth, He will be looking for faith in them that produces love, which is the righteousness of the new covenant. 

(238b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> Born again >> Born of the Spirit by the will of man

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