Description: John declares at the start of this epistle that he and the other Apostles were eye witnesses to the person and work of Christ. Although human testimony is important, John now calls forth the star witness…none other than God Himself. God has declared Jesus to be the Christ and the only way of salvation for sinners. To reject the testimony of God is to call God a liar.
Description: The Christian life is not a life of ease but a life of struggle. We struggle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. It is a life that demands entrance through a narrow gate and it is a daily walk along a narrow path. In our passage this morning, John doesn’t leave us discouraged but tells us that in the midst of this battle, the Christian will overcome the world.
We will be looking at three things in regards to the Christians overcoming the world:
Description: John’s epistle is like looking through a kaleidoscope. He repeats the same truths, but from different perspectives. In this final chapter, John turns the kaleidoscope yet again to present a new view of the themes of loving God, loving the brethren, and obedience to God’s law. But this time we see it from the perspective of faith.
Description: The world has been in anticipation of a Savior since man’s fall in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:15). Christ comes and the anticipated Savior is described to us in 1 John as God’s love for us manifested. The incarnation and the cross is love covered in flesh. We ought to live in light of this truth.
Description: The Apostle John provides an argument for the pursuit of righteousness in the life of the Christian. He provides essentially eight reasons for the Christian’s life to be marked by righteousness and not by sin. This passage is commonly misquoted by those who teach Christian Perfectionism. We will discuss why this is not what it is teaching.
Description: The Apostle John provides us with two anchor points to protect us from falling into the traps of false teachers. We must abide in the apostle’s teaching (biblical truth) and we must abide in the Holy Spirit.
Description: Christians are called to be discerning. We are called to be able to discern truth from error and to take every thought captive to the Word of God. In our passage this morning, John gives the Christian the foremost test concerning all matters of life and doctrine. It is a test that can be seen as a question; a question that becomes for the Christian a dividing line. Christians have died answering this question for it is indeed, the only question that matters!
Description: Sometimes familiar words lose their meaning. The word fellowship is like that. We use the word fellowship as an adjective to describe a church event. For instance, a potluck becomes a “fellowship meal” and just hanging out with other believers becomes “fellowshipping”. The term fellowship though is significant in meaning and must be understood within the context of Christ’s fellowship with His people. As Christ is in fellowship with His people, His people are in fellowship with each other. The teaching of and about Christ become the truth upon which our fellowship is based.
In our message today, we see that there are some who have broken fellowship, they have dis-fellowshipped themselves over the truth. John tells the church that those who have left — left because they never were truly in fellowship in the first place.
Description: John pauses in the giving of tests of salvation to draw the reader’s attention back to the objective foundation and ground of their justification. He addresses the church in all stages of maturity, from the new believer to the spiritually mature. This passage serves as a parenthetical comment, as it were, so that our self-reflection doesn’t leave us looking inside of us for answers but outside of ourselves to Christ.
Description: If there were one mark of a Christian that would be preeminent above all others, it would be a genuine love; a love for God and also a love for others. That’s because love for God and love for our neighbor is the summation of God’s law and as the Holy Spirit works in the life and heart of the believer obedience to God’s law will become manifest in love, not only towards God but as John points out here, towards our brethren.
Description: The seventeenth century puritan, Thomas Brooks, wrote that “assurance is a pearl that most want but a crown that few wear.” A Christian with assurance of faith knows that he belongs to Christ, that his sins are forgiven, that God loves him, and that he will enjoy everlasting life. While many assume that it is presumptuous to desire assurance of salvation, Scripture teaches otherwise. In our text this morning the Apostle John provides us the first of three tests so that the Christian may examine himself and rest, assured!
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