“Standing on the Promise”
1 John 2:15-29 Sanity Check
“Do not love the world” – I think we need to have a conversation here about this directive in verse 15. There must be some significant context here because John said in the gospel, 3:16, “God so loved the world that He that He gave His only begotten Son”. Surely we are supposed to be in agreement with God about what we do and do not love. The term “world” is used in a variety of ways by John. John specifically has 3 distinct usages of this “world”:
1. That which God created – God proclaimed it to be “__________”.
2. The people who inhabit the world – the context of John 3:16.
3. Those who reject or ignore God – this is the context of verse 15 in our text today.
John expands the warning with “or the things in the world” and then he adds verse 16 so we will quickly see what “things” he is talking about: Worldly Attitudes – “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”. The NIV gets very expressive with this verse, “For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world.”
I relate this directly to Jesus warning, Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon”; and then James 1:6-8, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
We must make a choice and it has a consequence and verse 17 states it clearly:
“And the world is passing away, and the lust of it” – faith in the temporal things.
“but he who does the will of God abides forever” – faith in God’s promises.
Verses 18-27 are warnings against counterfeit teachers and this is the right way to understand the subject. Counterfeit – trying to pass off something false as real. ___________________
___________________________________________________________________________ “it is the last hour” – So is John telling the church at the end of the 1st Century to stand out in the street so they can hear the trumpet sound? ____________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________ John is not talking about a “time” he is talking about an “event” and the event is captured in this wording – “Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come.” ___________
A look ahead. Chapter 4, verse 1-3, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every pirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”
Here is God’s great and wonderful promise, delivered and fulfilled by Jesus our Lord: “And this is the promise He has promised us – eternal life.” (verse 25)
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