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Not only in America do we practice a sick worship of celebrities, but around the world, nations of hundreds of millions of people have been induced to worship a person – like Lenin, Stalin, or Mao. But--Greek, "And you (contrasting the believing readers with the seducers; the words 'and you' stand prominent, the construction of the sentence following being altered, and no verb agreeing with 'and you' until 'need not') . “Perhaps most visible-church members are also members of the invisible church, the mystical body of Christ, but some are not. 1 John » Chapter 2 » exegesis. Having once for all, through faith, overcome the world ( 1 John 4:4 , 5:4 ), carry forward the conquest by not loving it. Or do you just visit Jesus every once in a while? . He probably answers to "the little horn having the eyes of a man, and speaking great things" ( Daniel 7:8 Daniel 7:20 ); "the man of sin, son of perdition" ( 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ); "the beast ascending out of the bottomless pit" ( Revelation 11:7 , 17:8 ), or rather, "the false prophet," the same as "the second beast coming up out of the earth" ( Revelation 13:11-18 , 16:13 ). This is not to say that teachers are unnecessary, because one of the resources for knowing the truth is the reminder given by teachers like John. The grammar of 1 John 3:6 indicates that John is speaking of a settled, continued lifestyle of sin. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. Resources. are there--Greek, "there have begun to be"; there have arisen. ALFORD explains, "Which thing (the fact that the commandment is a new one) is true in Him and in you because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is now shining; that is, the commandment is a new one, and this is true both in the case of Christ and in the case of you; because in you the darkness is passing away, and in Him the true light is shining; therefore, on both accounts, the command is a new one: new as regards you, because you are newly come from darkness into light; new as regards Him, because He uttered it when He came into the world to lighten every man, and began that shining which even now continues." He pleads for us on the ground of justice, or righteousness, as well as mercy. It is men's own evil will that chooses the way to hell; it is God's free and sovereign grace that draws any to Himself and to heaven. keep--John's favorite word, instead of "do," literally, "watch," "guard," and "keep safe" as a precious thing; observing so as to keep. i. John wasn’t talking about someone who leaves one church to begin attending another good church. In the Apocalypse (written, therefore, BENGEL thinks, subsequently), Christ's coming is represented as put off to a greater distance. 1 John 2:3, NASB: "By this we know that we have come to know Him, if … These words ought not to be in italics, as though they were not in the original: for the oldest Greek manuscripts have them. If we don’t have eternal life now, we won’t get it when we die. d. Everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him: Abiding in Jesus means that we will practice righteousness in our lives because we are born of Him. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He knows his crafty enemies, and all their secret projects; his false friends, and their true characters. ◄ 1 John 1:2 ► And this is the life that was revealed; we have seen it and testified to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us. All rights reserved. ye discern or apprehend also that," &c. Ye are already aware that God ("He" includes both "the Father," of whom the believer is born (end of this verse, and 1 John 3:1 ), and "the Son," 1 John 2:1 1 John 2:23 ) is righteous, ye must necessarily, thereby, perceive also the consequence of that truth, namely, "that everyone that doeth righteousness (and he alone; literally, the righteousness such as the righteous God approves) is born of Him." It is important for us to carefully consider these matters because it is difficult to measure the distance between “barely saved” and “almost saved.” It is dangerous to contemplate questions such as, “How little can I do and still make it to heaven?” or “How far can I stray from the Shepherd and still be part of the flock?” Instead we should be diligent to not be ashamed before Him at His coming. Ch. iv. love of--that is, towards "the Father." In verse 20, John used a different word for know than he mostly used before. b. He meant those who leave the community of God’s people all together. d. You also will abide in the Son and in the Father: This is absolutely necessary for the Christian life. 19. out from us--from our Christian communion. Among some Christians today, there is a rather magical or superstitious approach to this idea of anointing. The youth, stung by conscience and the remembrance of former years, fled away from the venerable apostle. "It appears that we all are the body of Christ, because we all are anointed: and we all in Him are both Christ's and Christ, because in some measure the whole Christ is Head and body." commandments--injunctions of faith, love, and obedience. John uses the singular of him. ii. ye shall abide in Him." namely, guilty of the lie just mentioned ( 1 John 2:21 ). Our Advocate does not plead that we are innocent or adduce extenuating circumstances. i. This shows us just how strong a personality cult can be when the government gets behind it wholeheartedly. He who hates his brother, is both a stumbling-block to himself, and stumbles against himself and everything within and without; he who loves has an unimpeded path" [BENGEL]. Compare David's prayer, Psalms 119:37 ; Job's resolve, Psalms 31:1 , Matthew 5:28 . We need 2 cookies to store this setting. i. none occasion of stumbling--In contrast to, "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." 4. This is an anointing that makes discernment possible for those who seek it in the Lord (and you know all things). John will use the word abide six times in these few verses, and the idea is repeated throughout the New Testament. Our world is filled with people searching for God, some sincerely and some insincerely. 20. This youth had been commended to the overseers of the Church by John, in one of his tours of superintendency, as a promising disciple; he had been, therefore, carefully watched up to baptism. John has already told us in 1 John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. ALFORD well says, "The light and the darkness are within ourselves; admitted into us by the eye, whose singleness fills the whole body with light.". Previously John used the word meaning knowledge by experience; here he used the word meaning knowledge by intuition. hath--namely, in his abiding possession as his "portion"; by living personal "fellowship." Jesus is our substitute, taking the punishment for our sins. he--Greek, "Himself," Christ, "the Son" (compare 1 John 1:1 ). For God's great truth, "God is man," he would substitute his own lie, "man is God" [TRENCH]. There is no mean between light and darkness, love and hatred, life and death, God and the world: wherever spiritual life is, however weak, there darkness and death no longer reign, and love supplants hatred; and Luke 9:50 holds good: wherever life is not, there death, darkness, the flesh, the world, and hatred, however glossed over and hidden from man's observation, prevail; and Luke 11:23 holds good. . In proportion as we love God, in that same proportion we know Him, and vice versa, until our love and knowledge shall attain their full maturity of perfection. In 1 John 2:12-17 John addresses his readers with words of reassurance.216 In 1 John 2:18-27 there are strong warnings concerning the secessionist opponents. "I have written to you, little children," 1 John 2:18-27. They are those who not only oppose Jesus, but also offer a substitute “Christ.” ii. Not that the believer is made infallible, for no believer here receives the Spirit in all its fulness, but only the measure needful for keeping him from soul-destroying error. "The world" here means "man, and man's world" [ALFORD], in his and its state as fallen from God. 2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. 1 John 2:7 states virtually the same thing as the present verse, referring to a new commandment which the readers have had from the beginning. To deny the latter is virtually to deny the former. when--literally, "if"; the uncertainty is not as to the fact, but the time. John delights in referring to Christ as the model man, with the words, "Even as He," &c. "It is not Christ's walking on the sea, but His ordinary walk, that we are called on to imitate" [LUTHER]. and, &c.--the secret of the young men's strength: the Gospel word, clothed with living power by the Spirit who abideth permanently in them; this is "the sword of the Spirit" wielded in prayerful waiting on God. My purpose in writing what I have just written is not that you should abuse them as giving a license to sin but, on the contrary, "in order that ye may not sin at all" (the Greek aorist, implying the absence not only of the habit, but of single acts of sin [ALFORD]). It is the last time - The closing period or dispensation; that dispensation in which the affairs of the world are ultimately to be wound up. To God the latter shall ascribe wholly their salvation from first to last: the former shall reproach themselves alone, and not God's decree, with their condemnation ( 1 John 3:9 , 5:18 ). These things I have written: John knew there was deception among these early Christians, and it concerned him. Paul the Apostle speaks of those who are “barely saved”: he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire (1 Corinthians 3:15). have continued--implying the indefectibility of grace in the elect. He acknowledges our guilt and presents His vicarious work as the ground of our acquittal. "The righteousness of Christ stands on our side; for God's righteousness is, in Jesus Christ, ours" [LUTHER]. Christianity first put love to brethren on the new and highest MOTIVE, instinctive love to Him who first loved us, constraining us to love all, even enemies, thereby walking in the steps of Him who loved us when enemies. But when it comes to truth, new is not better. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Abiding in Jesus gives us confidence because we know we wouldn’t change our lives substantially if we somehow knew Jesus would come back next week. abideth in you--He tacitly thus admonishes them to say, when tempted by seducers, "The anointing abideth in us; we do not need a teacher [for we have the Holy Spirit as our teacher, Jeremiah 31:34 , John 6:45 , 16:13 ]; it teaches us the truth; in that teaching we will abide" [BENGEL]. In some worship services, the congregation repeats the words of one of the creeds or confes sions of the church on a regular basis. He had a passion to keep them consistent with God’s message of truth. It is beautiful to see how the fathers are characterized as reverting back to the first great truths of spiritual childhood, and the sum and ripest fruit of advanced experience, the knowledge of Him that was from the beginning (twice repeated, 1 John 2:13 1 John 2:14 ). i. The fathers, too, have conquered; but now their active service is past, and they and the children alike are characterized by knowing (the fathers know Christ, "Him that was from the beginning"; the children know the Father). … In the same measure as one hath the Spirit, in that measure (no more and no less) he knows all these things. Salem Media Group. Compare Luke 14:18 , "I must go and SEE it." When someone is born of someone else, there is almost always a family resemblance. no new commandment--namely, love, the main principle of walking as Christ walked ( 1 John 2:6 ), and that commandment, of which one exemplification is presently given, 1 John 2:9 1 John 2:10 , the love of brethren. If ye know . i. We are just talking about different roads to the same God because we all have the same God.” Here is the question to ask in response: “Was your God perfectly revealed in Jesus Christ?” If your God was, then you have the same God. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. This section contains two subsections, 2:12-14 and 2:15-17. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. . John 2, William Barclay's Daily Study Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, as set of 17 volumes on the New Testament, … And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. c. Abide in Him: This is the way to be confident when Jesus comes. In Romans 3:25 , Greek, it is "propitiatory," that is, the mercy seat, or lid of the ark whereon God, represented by the Shekinah glory above it, met His people, represented by the high priest who sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice on it. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. My little children--The diminutive expresses the tender affection of an aged pastor and spiritual father. and--and therefore. promised--( John 3:15 John 3:36 , John 6:40 John 6:47 John 6:57 , John 17:2 John 17:3 ). "Where love is not, there hatred is; for the heart cannot remain a void" [BENGEL]. “What is the way to prepare for Christ’s coming? . We can deny Jesus while praising Him with our words; we can deny Him by offering a substitute Jesus or by ministering in a manner that denies the character of Jesus. This is the promise: When His truth (what we heard from the beginning) lives in us, then God lives in us. At the same time, John warns that those who claim to know Christ, yet disobey Him, are lying to themselves and others. I therefore wrote (in this Epistle) to point out what the lie is, and who the liars are. 16. all that is in the world--can be classed under one or other of the three; the world contains these and no more. acknowledgeth--by open confession of Christ. 21. but because ye know it, and that, &c.--Ye not only know what is the truth (concerning the Son and the Father, 1 John 2:13 ), but also are able to detect a lie as a thing opposed to the truth. The youth was recovered to the paths of Christianity, and was the means of inducing many of his bad associates to repent and believe [CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA, Who Is the Rich Man Who Shall Be Saved? We almost always think of new as better. 1. 10. 2. The very title "brother" is a reason why love should be exercised. But the one Scriptural prescription for preparing for his coming is this, ‘Abide in him.’ If you abide in the faith of him, holding his truth, following his example, and making him your dwelling-place, your Lord may come at any hour, and you will welcome him.” (Spurgeon). As in 1 John 2:24, we have the pronoun put first with great emphasis, and as a nominativus pendens. This idea of anointing – literally, to be blessed with oil – was said to be the reason behind one of the punishments given to John in persecution. When John, some years after, revisited that Church and heard of the youth's sad fall, he hastened to the retreat of the robbers, suffered himself to be seized and taken into the captain's presence. By the study of the prophecies? The apostle does not, however, say that the end of the world would soon occur, nor does he intimate how long this dispensation would be. 28. little children--Greek, "little sons," as in 1 John 2:12 ; believers of every stage and age. ashamed before him--literally, "from Him"; shrink back from Him ashamed. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. "They are like bad humors in the body of Christ, the Church: when they are vomited out, then the body is relieved; the body of Christ is now still under treatment, and has not yet attained the perfect soundness which it shall have only at the resurrection" [AUGUSTINE, Ten Homilies on the First Epistle of John, Homily 3.4]. darkness is past--rather, as in 1 John 2:17 , "is passing away." Abiding in Jesus (living in Jesus) is not a passive thing; it is an active thing. . 5. And he is the propitiation for our sins For the sins of us who now believe, and are Jews: and not for ours only; but for the sins of Old Testament saints, and of those who shall hereafter believe in Christ, and of the Gentiles also, signified in the next clause: This anointing is not the private property of a few special or spectacular Christians. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. (Boice) 1 John 2:1-17 New International Version (NIV). 1 John » Chapter 2 » exegesis. pride of life--literally, "arrogant assumption": vainglorious display. ( 1 John 5:18 .) iv. Commentaries for 1 John Chapter 2 Obedience to God's Commands. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. By the lust of the eyes David ( 2 Samuel 11:2 ) and Achan fell ( Joshua 7:21 ). Compare 1 John 2:27 , "the anointing abideth in you . They will realize that they have been living worldly, unfruitful lives. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. d. You will abide in Him: This anointing which guides us into truth will also guide us closer to Jesus. But--Greek, "And." And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. not of us--by spiritual fellowship ( 1 John 1:3 ). The force of the phrase kaiV nu'n (kai nun, “but n… Contrast "boldness in the day of judgment," 1 John 4:17 ; compare 1 John 3:21 , 5:14 . While their religion or spirituality may do them much good in this life – giving them a basis for morality and good behavior – it does them nothing before God, because in rejecting Jesus they reject God. iii. Do you abide in Him? The first thing that the little children realize is that God is their Father; answering in the parallel clause to "little sons . It is His righteousness, or obedience to the law, and endurance of its full penalty for us, on which He grounds His claim for our acquittal. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. John reassures his readers that when a saved believer sins, Christ will plead our case with God. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. The Greek is susceptible of ALFORD'S translation, "Because ye know it, and because no lie is of the truth" (literally, "every lie is excluded from being of the truth"). But he did say, “If God’s Word lives in you, God lives in you.” We can come to a living, growing, relationship with God through His Word. There are many people who seem rather spiritual or religious, yet reject Jesus Christ. c. You do not need that anyone teach you: Just as he stated in 1 John 2:20 (you know all things), John tells us again that the anointing we receive from God guides us into truth. We have the promise of eternal life as we abide. Commentary on 1 John 2:24-29 (Read 1 John 2:24-29) The truth of Christ, abiding in us, is a means to sever from sin, and unites us to the Son of God, John 15:3,4. The only other place in the New Testament where Greek "propitiation" occurs, is 1 John 4:10 ; it answers in the Septuagint to Hebrew, "caphar," to effect an atonement or reconciliation with God; and in Ezekiel 44:29 , to the sin offering. View 1 John 2:12-14. But afterwards relying too much on baptismal grace, he joined evil associates, and fell from step to step down, till he became a captain of robbers. shall come--Greek, "cometh," namely, out of his own place. One must beware of those who seem to be so “spiritual” that they can’t get along in any church. When He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed: We never grow beyond our need to abide and find our confidence in abiding in Jesus. You can also change some of your preferences. . 17. the world--with all who are of the world worldly. iii. 2 John 1 Chapter 1 The apostle here salutes an honourable matron and her children (v. 1-3). i. John warned us against these antichrists in his first letter (1 John 2:18-23, 4:3). This is why it is so important to have the promise of eternal life right now. 15. Greek, "Every one who denieth the Son, hath not the Father either" ( 1 John 4:2 1 John 4:3 ): "inasmuch as God hath given Himself to us wholly to be enjoyed in Christ" [CALVIN]. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. John has in mind Jesus' words, John 11:9 John 11:10 . The world's awful antitrinity, the "lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life," similarly is presented in Satan's temptation of Eve: "When she saw that the tree was good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise," Genesis 3:6 (one manifestation of "the pride of life," the desire to know above what God has revealed, Colossians 2:8 , the pride of unsanctified knowledge). Jesus promised in John 14:23: If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. Finally, they are just left to themselves, and they seem happy enough with that. The same three foes appear in the three classes of soil on which the divine seed falls: the wayside hearers, the devil; the thorns, the world; the rocky undersoil, the flesh ( Matthew 13:18-23 , 4:3-8 ). that they were not all of us--This translation would imply that some of the Antichrists are of us! It is an undesigned coincidence with the Epistle here, that in John's Gospel somewhat similarly the classification, "lambs, sheep, sheep," occurs. I don’t need any of this. Anointing has the idea of being filled with and blessed by the Holy Spirit. Proud member God is sufficient for them who are taught of Him; they are independent of all others, though, of course, not declining the Christian counsel of faithful ministers. they would . Usually these folks think that when one “catches” the anointing, you can tell because they begin acting strangely. All these developments should make us understand that the Antichrist is ready to be revealed when the moment is right. 12. little children--Greek, "little sons," or "dear sons and daughters"; not the same Greek as in 1 John 2:13 , "little children," "infants" (in age and standing). c. Let that abide in you: This doesn’t mean just knowing it, but living in it. One sees these from time to time: people who seem to be so gifted, so prophetic, or so spiritual that they get kicked out or leave in a huff from every church they go to. The changing of water to wine is Jesus’ first public act in John, the inaugural “sign” … Continue reading "Commentary on John 2:1-11" "There is no incongruity that a father should be offended with that son whom he loveth, and at that time offended with him when he loveth him" [BISHOP PEARSON]. It shall not be wholly "past" until "the Sun of righteousness" shall arise visibly; "the light is now shining" already, though but partially until the day bursts forth. the wicked one--who, as "prince of this world," enthrals "the world" ( 1 John 2:15-17 , 5:19 , Greek, "the wicked one"), especially the young. seduce you--that is, are trying to seduce or lead you into error. It was an idiom to put the past tense, regarding the time from the reader's point of view; when he should receive the Epistle the writing would be past. ii. Satan tried this temptation on Christ in setting Him on the temple pinnacle that, in spiritual pride and presumption, on the ground of His Father's care, He should cast Himself down. lust of the eyes--the avenue through which outward things of the world, riches, pomp, and beauty, inflame us. are forgiven--"have been, and are forgiven you": ALL God's sons and daughters alike enjoy this privilege. Hence the Spirit is the token that we are in the Father and in the Son; without it a man is none of Christ. ought--so that his deeds may be consistent with his words. This isn’t to say that teachers are unnecessary, because one of the resources for knowing the truth is the reminding given by teachers like John. The Apostle John begins with the purpose of writing this letter by stating, “I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. As in 1 John, in the midst of the ongoing conflict with the secessionist opponents, the necessity for genuine Christians to show love for fellow believers in obedience to the commandment to love one another is a matter of urgency for the author. I prefer, as BENGEL, to explain, The new commandment finds its truth in its practical realization in the walk of Christians in union with Christ. This is something that is the common property of all Christians, but something we can and should become more submitted and responsive to. The apostle Paul communicated the same idea in Galatians 1:6-9, where he warns against going after a new gospel and emphasizes the importance of continuing on in the original gospel that Paul taught. Click on the different category headings to find out more. The "I wrote" refers not to a former Epistle, but to this Epistle. We may request cookies to be set on your device. Again, John’s message is simple. doeth--"For the graces (virtues) are practical, and have their being in being produced (in being exercised); for when they have ceased to act, or are only about to act, they have not even being" [ÆCUMENIUS]. We must give ourselves both mentally and spiritually to living in Jesus. Two classes, "fathers" and "young men," are addressed with the same words each time (except that the address to the young men has an addition expressing the source and means of their victory); but the "little sons" and "little children" are differently addressed. This is a test of our abiding in Him, the same kind of test John mentioned in 1 John 1:6, 2:4, and 2:9. i. The structure of John 2:1-11 is typical of a miracle story: the setting is established (verses 1-2), a need arises (verses 3-5), a miracle addresses that need (verses 6-8), and there is a response to that miracle (verses 9-11). Little children - See 1 John 2:1. Pride was Satan's sin whereby he fell and forms the link between the two foes of man, the world (answering to "the lust of the eyes") and the devil (as "the lust of the flesh" is the third foe). The only good of worldly riches to the possessor is the beholding them with the eyes. b. John never uses "the law" to express the rule of Christian obedience: he uses it as the Mosaic law. If that was your environment when you were a young Christian, wonderful. 18. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Every human being, made in the image of God, is immortal, in the sense that our souls will live forever, either in heaven or in hell. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. The New Testament does not speak of a “special” anointing given to particular individuals. (1-2) John begins with the center of relationship: Jesus Christ. 24. Love is the grand feature and principle of "righteousness" selected for discussion, 1 John 2:29-3:3'. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. Little children--same Greek as 1 John 2:13 ; children in age. It is a two-way relationship. all things--essential to salvation; the point under discussion. a. from the beginning--from the time of your first hearing the Gospel. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.. Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers. 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