Back to the Beginning

Sermon Notes

1 John 2:24-29

v.24- Remember: John gave these instructions to refute what the antichrist (little “a”), the antichrist teachers, were teaching.

Ephesians 4:14          2 Timothy 4:3,4

What have we “heard from the beginning”?

1 John 1:1  At the beginning of this epistle, John started with Jesus Christ.

John 1:1-3  At the beginning of his gospel, John started with Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:1  At the beginning of the Bible, Moses started with God creating everything.

And John identified that God as Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 12:2          Romans 6:23a          Romans 3:23          Ezekiel 18:4;20

Genesis 2:17          Romans 6:23b          John 3:16          Matthew 20:28

1 Timothy 3:16

Romans 10:9

Romans 5:1

“If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.”- We must take the simple knowledge of our salvation and use that excitement to literally “live” in Jesus Christ.

v.25- “And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.”- So many of us are afraid of death.

But the God we know and love has experienced death.

Psalm 23:4

“And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.”

Living forever, with Him, in heaven. Literally, IN HEAVEN!

v.26- “These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.”- So, the reason John wrote this was because there are deceivers out there.

And they don’t deceive by accident.

v.27- “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you,”- In v.20 we learned that the “anointing” John is talking about is simply the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in every believer.

“and you do not need that anyone teach you;”- Some might interpret this as saying we don’t need anyone to be teachers of Scripture.

Ephesians 4:11

He’s saying, in context, that in order to discern truth from deception, there is no better teacher than God Himself.

“but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”- The anointing of the Holy Spirit in you has taught you and will continue to teach you all the things you need to know about the truths of God.

And when John wrote, “just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” he meant that just as sure as the Holy Spirit will teach you, you can have the same assurance that “you will abide in Him.”

v.28- Here is a great reason to continue to “abide in Jesus.”

And that reason is this: Jesus Christ is coming back.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15          Revelation 22:12

v.29- “If you know that He is righteous,”- Do we not know this?

It’s a given that God is righteous.

Psalm 111:3

“you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”- Those who are born-again “practice” righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21

                                                                                                                  Notes by Pastor Chris Bent