Study into 1 John Chapter 2

1 John 2:1-29 is the focus of this week’s study. Below is a copy from the KJV from which I use. Study guide and notes begins after.

1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

King James Version (KJV)




Study into the Word

  • What commandment does John give to the community?
    1. To Love one another (I John 2: 6-11)
      1. John refers to the commandments given by Jesus in Matthew 22:37-40. John says he writes “no new commandment… but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.” As John makes the drawing of Jesus as the Word of God (John 1:1), his statement is true. That we should love one another as Jesus professed that we should love one another as ourselves.
      2. And those who would hate their brothers in Christ, violate the commandment (1 John 2:9,11). Because God is light and when we hate, we are in darkness and where there is darkness God is not (1 John 1:5).
  • What 3 worldly things should we avoid, and why?
    1. Lust of the Flesh
      1. The lust of flesh is carnal and sensual. This sin can be committed by pure thought alone (Matt. 5:28). And is often one of the hardest sins to avoid. As fornication and adultery are rampant parts of today’s society.
      2. As for why we should avoid it, the answer is written in James 1: 14-15, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Now, this sin is also very strong and easily destroys testimonies of the easily tempted Christian. And has proven to do such in countless cases and times including the Wise King Solomon.
    2. Lust of the Eyes
      1. This is envy. Here we need to edify the meanings of some words. Jealousy and envy are often confused and mixed up. Jealousy is defined as concern of losing something you have, where envy is the opposite, the desire for that which is not yours. For more see these two sites ( , ).
      2. Now that we are aware of the appropriate definition, envy is warned against because it rots at you and destroys who you are at your core (Proverbs 14:30). Again, this is another sin that often destroys ministries. A lot of missions fail due to greedy ministers that take too large a cut of the funds apportioned for that mission, I use the term mission in referring to any standing organization that is designed to assist those in need or lost in spirit. That is to include churches (local and abroad), and charities run by Christians.
    3. Pride of Life
      1. This concern is not quite as forward as the other 2. Pride of life is a fine line to walk between confidence in one’s standing and overconfidence, boasting, and showboating. The main concerns here are foremost it is a distraction from the ministry and God himself (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
      2. Second, it can cause others to fall victim to the first two sins listed. And this is sin also is one that is listed a plethora of times to lead straight to a fall in grace (Isaiah 2:12, Isaiah 23:9, James 4:6, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 13:10…)
  • What makes an antichrist?
    1. There are 3 things John lists that makes an antichrist(false prophet, not The Antichrist).
      1. The first is one who denies God himself. John says “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and Son” (1 John 2:22).
      2. The second is one who denies that Jesus is the Son of God. For to deny him as the Son is to deny the complete Trinity, you cannot accept one and not the other because they are one (1 John 2:23,28-29). This is what draws the lines between Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and has been the focus of the Christian ministry and the entire saving grace of our faith. For if Jesus was not God, then we are still doomed to die for our sins and go to eternal damnation.
  • The third is anyone who speaks/teaches false doctrine as truth and misleads believers in the faith (1 John 2:27).

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