Lessons from 1 John (Part 3)Posted: 11.05.2011
Chaptet 2 (cont’d)
18-27: The common definition for a liar is someone who does not tell the truth. Here (specifically vs. 22), John says that a liar is someone who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Interestingly, in John 14:6, Jesus says that he is truth. This is not a semantic accident or mystery. John is saying that the true measure of what makes someone a liar is whether or not he testifies that Jesus is the Christ.
If you are a liar, in this sense, and deny Jesus as the Christ, you are an antichrist. But there is hope (see part 2)!
28-29: Perseverance comes through abiding in Christ. So crucial.
1-3: God loves believers as his children (see vs 10 below).
4-9: a) Sin is lawlessness, b) in Christ there is no sin, c) in Christ there is no lawlessness or, in the positive, d) in Christ is lawfulness.
Those who are in Christ are justified, because he perfectly fulfilled the law, and his righteous life is imputed through faith.
10: God’s children are those that believe Jesus is the Christ.
11-15: Christians are the Abel’s of the world, hated for righteous acts (which come through faith in Christ). The response ought to be continued love for others, particularly other believers, so that the world might see how God loves his children and that unbelievers might be compelled to respond in faith.