Archive for September 3rd, 2009

1 John 2:7-29


John has just made this statement in 2:6, “This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did”.  In the next few verses he gives us two examples of how He walked.  As I stated in ‘A New Set of Cravings’, these examples are not intended to be our focus – they’re not items we can add to a list of things we must do or not do – instead they are more like the revealing test of litmus which turns blue in alkaline and red in acid.


That being said, in 2:9 John says, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness”.  In 2:15 he says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him”. 


Hard stuff if our focus is on the examples – if we’ve added them to our list of things we have to do and not do.  But again, when we focus on doing the things Jesus did in private, then and only then will we do the things He did in public – consistently.  John doesn’t write to condemn us, but simply to reveal where we are – to warn us.


In 2:22 he acknowledges the influence of the antichrist – “the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ”.  I couldn’t help but to think of all the sources of media that may not come right out and say they deny that ‘Jesus is the Christ’, but the values they portray sat it, and yet many fill their minds with it.  When we allow our minds to be filled with so many things that are in opposition to His values, it is inevitable that we will then not ‘walk as He did’.


In 2:26 John says, “I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray”.  In case we are not passing the litmus test, he warns of the forces that are working against us that may be keeping us from it.  Better to be reminded now while there is still time to correct “so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming”.

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