1 John 2:3-11
Also mark Matthew 18.
v.3- Keeping the commandments of God is the evidence in our lives that we truly know Him as our God.
1 Samuel 15
v.4- #1 false claim made by people- “He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”- What does it mean to “keep His commandments”?- This means to keep, or obey, what the Bible says, especially the teachings of Jesus.
v.5- Keeping His word is living that lifestyle of obedience I was talking about earlier.
To have the love of God “perfected” in us means: The love of God will operate through those Christians who keep His commandments.
When we live a lifestyle of obedience to the Lord, we’re pleasing to Him because His love is being shown to the world.
v.6- #2 false claim made by people- “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”- No lying by any of us, no darkness in any of us, just instructions.
Genuine Christians abide in Christ, and when they do, they also ought to “walk just as He walked.”
But as a Christian, you “ought” to obey Christ, because His great love produces in you a sincere desire to do so.
Your appreciation for what He did for you and how much He loves you, produces a response of love from you.
v.7- “Brethren, I write no new commandment to you,”- Remember, John is addressing the false teachings of the Gnostics here.
What is the “no new commandment” John is talking about?
“Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.”- The old commandment John is talking about here was given by Jesus in John 13:34,35.
v.8- “Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you,”- Now John writes about the commandment from Jesus’ of view.
The “true light” of the love of Christ shining through His followers is why “the darkness is passing away,”
#3 false claim made by people- v.9- “He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.”-
“He who says he is in the light”- A professing Christian.
“and hates his brother”- Hates another Christian.
v.10- “He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.”- If you love you brother, that means you and your brother are genuine Christians.
v.11- “But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”- They hate their brother (which indicates they are Christians), they are in darkness, they can’t see where they are going because they are blinded by the darkness.
Turn to Matthew 18:21-35.
Notes by Pastor Chris Bent