which thing is true in him and in you--"In Christ all things are always true, and were so from the beginning; but in Christ and in us conjointly the commandment [the love of brethren] is then true when we acknowledge the truth which is in Him, and have the same flourishing in us" [BENGEL]. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also” (1 John 2:22-23). passeth away--Greek, "is passing away" even now. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. To deny the latter is virtually to deny the former. 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. "Antichrist cannot endanger you ( 1 John 2:18 ), nor Satan tear from you the word of God." All three classes are first addressed in the present. ought--so that his deeds may be consistent with his words. Jesus is our substitute, taking the punishment for our sins. . In contrast to the three passing lusts of the world, the doer of God's will has three abiding goods, "riches, honor, and life" ( Proverbs 22:4 ). 23. 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. 1 John 2:2. 15. Chapter 2 continues John's focus on fellowship with God, through five major points. But ye have an unction from the Holy One Meaning the Spirit, and his graces, with which Christ, the head, is anointed without measure, and his members in measure; from whence he is called Christ, and they Christians. What Do Christians Believe About Dinosaurs? 14. young men . 11. is in darkness . ... 1 John 2:1(NASB) Verse Thoughts. "The righteousness of Christ stands on our side; for God's righteousness is, in Jesus Christ, ours" [LUTHER]. keep--John's favorite word, instead of "do," literally, "watch," "guard," and "keep safe" as a precious thing; observing so as to keep. that they were not all of us--This translation would imply that some of the Antichrists are of us! Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Previous post: 20 Christian Quotes About Voting and Politics. . The Antichristian principle appeared then, as now, in evil men and evil teachings and writings; but still "THE Antichrist" means a hostile person, even as "THE Christ" is a personal Saviour. John uses the singular of him. "The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all … Bible Study, Jack Wellman is a father and grandfather and a Christian author and pastor of Heritage Evangelical Free Church in Udall, KS & also a Prison Minister. have continued--implying the indefectibility of grace in the elect. and--Greek, "yet." But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2 – Hindrances to Fellowship with God A. Fellowship and the problem of sin. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1-2) even though it’s not “if” anyone sins but when. There is no room for debate on this critical issue. Comp. For those who leave the fellowship of the believers, which is the Body of Christ, the church, they reveal that “they were not of us” since “they would have continued with us. Let that--truth respecting the Father and the Son, regarded as a seed not merely dropped in, but having taken root ( 1 John 3:9 ). Those anointed of God in Christ alone can resist those anointed with the spirit of Satan, Antichrists, who would sever them from the Father and from the Son. 3. whither--Greek, "where"; including not only the destination to which, but the way whereby. 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. ... 3 John 1:2(NASB) Picture courtesy of Good News Productions International and College Press Publishing. Jesus is our substitute, taking the punishment for our sins. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. namely, guilty of the lie just mentioned ( 1 John 2:21 ). 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. ye know--distinct Greek verbs: "if ye are aware (are in possession of the knowledge) . Love here answers to knowledge in 1 John 2:3 . Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. So Christ Himself. 2 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. he--Greek, "Himself," Christ, "the Son" (compare 1 John 1:1 ). The scene has now shifted from Judea, where John the Baptist was baptizing in the river Jordan, to seventy miles north, the area of Galilee. 5. all things--essential to salvation; the point under discussion. 1 John 2:12-14 The apostle addresseth Christians of all ages severally, 1 John 2 New Living Translation (NLT). Each successive age has had in it some of the signs of "the last time" which precedes Christ's coming, in order to keep the Church in continual waiting for the Lord. 17. the world--with all who are of the world worldly. . In the same measure as one hath the Spirit, in that measure (no more and no less) he knows all these things. . We argue from his doing righteousness, to his being born of God. John is not saying we might not sin but “if” or “when” we do sin, Jesus is our advocate, being the “propitiation for our sins” or meeting the satisfaction of the Father’s wrath against our sins. Someone who loves the world, which is passing away, is obviously not doing the will of God and thus, will not abide forever. On Not Loving the World. May 11, 2020 Sep 16, 2020 by Editor in Chief. Bible Verses, Quotes, Christian Answers, Songs and More. The two, God and the (sinful) world, are so opposed, that both cannot be congenially loved at once. John 2 is the second chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. Christ came to destroy this "prince of the world." In order to "walk in the light" ( 1 John 1:5 1 John 1:7 ), the first step is confession of sin ( 1 John 1:9 ), the next ( 1 John 2:1 ) is that we should forsake all sin. . Of course, these can only know the Father as theirs through the Son ( Matthew 11:27 ). 1 John 2:1-29 . First, fellowship includes following Christ as our advocate (1 John 2:1–6). The divine purpose has for its aim, either to prevent the commission of, or to destroy sin [BENGEL]. "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]. appear--Greek, "be manifested." My little children--The diminutive expresses the tender affection of an aged pastor and spiritual father. Verse Thoughts. even as he--Believers readily supply the name, their hearts being full of Him (compare John 20:15 ). He pleads for us on the ground of justice, or righteousness, as well as mercy. 1 John 2:4 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 1 John 2:7 Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. 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. The first thing that the little children realize is that God is their Father; answering in the parallel clause to "little sons . as ye have heard--from the apostles, preachers of the Gospel (for example, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10 ; and in the region of Ephesus, Acts 20:29 Acts 20:30 ). The use of "we" immediately afterwards implies that we all are liable to this, though not necessarily constrained to sin. 22. a liar--Greek, "Who is the liar?" Having once for all, through faith, overcome the world ( 1 John 4:4 , 5:4 ), carry forward the conquest by not loving it. 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? However, if and when they do, he wants them to know there is an advocate: Jesus Christ (1 John 2:1). Here is a summary and commentary on First John chapter two. It is of his own will that each is either an Antichrist, or in Christ" [AUGUSTINE]. 1 John 2:8(NASB) Verse Thoughts It was the Father's love that Christ came to display, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever … "In this last hour we all even still live" [BENGEL]. At the same time, John warns that those who claim to know Christ, yet disobey Him, are lying to themselves and others. "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." 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.". 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. Clearly, “whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (1 John 2:11) because how can someone claim to love God but hate God’s children? 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. John reassures his readers that when a saved believer sins, Christ will plead our case with God. ( 1 John 5:18 .) My own dear children, that is, these things--( 1 John 1:6-10 ). 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. Jesus gave the new commandment and John is simply repeating it here. Still God's actings in eternal election harmonize in a way inexplicable to us, with man's free agency and responsibility. 2:1,2 When have an Advocate with the Father; one who has undertaken, and is fully able, to plead in behalf of every one who applies for pardon and salvation in his name, depending on his pleading for them. The Father, by raising Him from the dead, and setting Him at His own right, has once for all accepted Christ's claim for us. . ch. have known--and do know: so the Greek perfect means. 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). acknowledgeth--by open confession of Christ. even until now--notwithstanding that "the true light already has begun to shine" ( 1 John 2:8 ). are forgiven--"have been, and are forgiven you": ALL God's sons and daughters alike enjoy this privilege. 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." Contrast "boldness in the day of judgment," 1 John 4:17 ; compare 1 John 3:21 , 5:14 . Little children--same Greek as 1 John 2:13 ; children in age. He here states the means which they as believers have wherewith to withstand. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: have I written--resumed from 1 John 2:21 and 1 John 2:14 . his word--His word is one His "commandments," which are many ( 1 John 2:3 ). In order to overcome the world on the ground, and in the strength, of the blood of the Saviour, we must be willing, like Christ, to part with whatever of the world belongs to us: whence immediately after "ye have overcome the wicked one (the prince of the world)," it is added, "Love not the world, neither the things . He did his graduate work at Moody Theological Seminary. He that saith . "Know Him," namely, as "the righteous" ( 1 John 2:1 1 John 2:29 ); our "Advocate and Intercessor." We can have no share in Him as Jesus, except we become truly Christians, and so be in Him as Christ, anointed with that unction from the Holy One. I gave a sermon once that used this reference in John where I said that every one of us will have to give an account of what we did in the body while here on earth and there are some, I am sure, who will shrink back in fear at His appearance, knowing that they’ve been a nominal or lukewarm Christian. from the beginning--from the time of your first hearing the Gospel. He is exhorting brothers and sisters in Christ, to stand fast in the spiritual journey, and abide in Christ. overcome--The fathers, appropriately to their age, are characterized by knowledge. Brethren--The oldest manuscripts and versions read instead, "Beloved," appropriate to the subject here, love. shall come--Greek, "cometh," namely, out of his own place. Contrast the mere physical strength of young men, Isaiah 40:30 Isaiah 40:31 . All rights reserved. Are the Ten Commandments Still Relevant Today? John warns us that “when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming” (1 John 2:28) and there will be no confidence then since “everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him” (1 John 12:29) but everyone who doesn’t, cannot have this confidence. 27. we--both writer and readers. 1. The very title "brother" is a reason why love should be exercised. 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. Anyone that loves the world, meaning the things that are in the world has a severe problem because we are told to “not love the world or the things in the world. any man--therefore the warning, though primarily addressed to the young, applies to all. . 8. a new commandment--It was "old," in that Christians as such had heard it from the first; but "new" (Greek, "kaine," not "nea": new and different from the old legal precept) in that it was first clearly promulgated with Christianity; though the inner spirit of the law was love even to enemies, yet it was enveloped in some bitter precepts which caused it to be temporarily almost unrecognized, till the Gospel came. ye know all things--needful for acting aright against Antichrist's seductions, and for Christian life and godliness. This section contains two subsections, 2:12-14 and 2:15-17. 10. 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 ). 4. 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. no lie--as Antichristian teaching. 1 John chapter 2 should be a wake up call for all of us who are either undecided about Jesus or who are living in sin and yet claim to know Him. his brother--his neighbor, and especially those of the Christian brotherhood. This term "overcome" is peculiarly John's, adopted from his loved Lord. 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. Christ's advocacy is inseparable from the Holy Spirit's comfort and working in us, as the spirit of intercessory prayer. 13, 14. “not love the world or the things in the world. Each of these subsections in turn has a structure built on patterns of three. . "God loved [with the love of compassion] the world," and we should feel the same kind of love for the fallen world; but we are not to love the world with congeniality and sympathy in its alienation from God; we cannot have this latter kind of love for the God-estranged world, and yet have also "the love of the Father in" us. also for the sins of the whole world--Christ's "advocacy" is limited to believers ( 1 John 2:1 , 1 John 1:7 ): His propitiation extends as widely as sin extends: that bought them." Read them in the archive below. If ye know . Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. John has in mind Jesus' words, John 11:9 John 11:10 . . 1 John 2:1,2 Christ is our advocate with the Father, and a. propitiation for the sins of the whole world. In the Apocalypse (written, therefore, BENGEL thinks, subsequently), Christ's coming is represented as put off to a greater distance. Next post: What Is The 4th (Fourth) Commandment In The Bible? YE, therefore, acknowledge the Son, and so shall ye have the Father also ( 1 John 2:23 ). Christ is the Intercessor for us above; and, in His absence, here below the Holy Ghost is the other Intercessor in us. 7. These words ought not to be in italics, as though they were not in the original: for the oldest Greek manuscripts have them. For "were" some of the oldest manuscripts read "are." God loves us enough to forgive our sins (1 John 2:1–2), and to help us overcome them (1 John 2:14; 1 John 4:4). After the fathers and young men were gone, "the last time" with its "many Antichrists" was about to come suddenly on the children. 1 John chapter 2, He is Jesus, the Saviour, and Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed. "God is righteous, and therefore the source of righteousness; when then a man doeth righteousness, we know that the source of his righteousness is God, that consequently he has acquired by new birth from God that righteousness which he had not by nature. And, &c.--connected with the former; Furthermore, "if any man sin," let him, while loathing and condemning it, not fear to go at once to God, the Judge, confessing it, for "we have an Advocate with Him." he that doeth the will of God--not his own fleshly will, or the will of the world, but that of God ( 1 John 2:3 1 John 2:6 ), especially in respect to love. If not, they will have no confidence on the day of His appearing and it will “become plain that they all are not of us” (1 John 2:19). Wherefore, as R. V., And as for you, the anointing which ye received. Antichrists ( 1 John 2:18 ), namely, the chrism (so the Greek: a play upon similar sounds), or "anointing unguent," namely, the Holy Spirit (more plainly mentioned further on, as in John's style, 1 John 3:24 , 4:13 , 5:6 ), which they ("ye" is emphatical in contrast to those apostates, 1 John 2:19 ) have "from the Holy One, Christ" ( John 1:33 , 3:34 , 15:26 , 16:14 ): "the righteous" ( 1 John 2:1 ), "pure" ( 1 John 3:3 ), "the Holy One" ( Acts 3:14 ) "of God"; Mark 1:24 . 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world. We are never said to be born again of Christ, but of God, with whom Christ is one. For right (a straight line) is the index of itself and of what is crooked [ESTIUS]. "In him who loves there is neither blindness nor occasion of stumbling [to himself]: in him who does not love, there is both blindness and occasion of stumbling. 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]). 2. 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." 19. out from us--from our Christian communion. What does 1 John 2:15 mean when it says 'Do not love the world'? the anointing," &c. (resumed from 1 John 2:20 ). Whoever knows Him will strive to obey Him; no, not perfectly, but they will be living, reading, and obeying His Word. But--Greek, "And." No one who denies the Son has the Father. 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]. in the light--as his proper element. Is the Increase in Violence a Sign of the End Times? It contains the famous stories of the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine and Jesus expelling the money changers from the Temple. (1a) A purpose of John in writing this letter: that you may not sin. 1 John 2, The Incarnation of the Word of Life. that Jesus is the Christ--the grand central truth. Also to the young man whom John, after his return from Patmos, led with gentle, loving persuasion to repentance. 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: pride of life--literally, "arrogant assumption": vainglorious display. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling”, “whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes”. This is not my personal opinion but what the Word of God says. Used by permission. hereby--in our progressing towards this ideal of perfected love and obedience. ye shall abide in him--( 1 John 2:24 , end); even as "the anointing abideth in you." Sitemap | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Advertise, “I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. . are there--Greek, "there have begun to be"; there have arisen. Oral teaching prepared these youths for the profitable use of the word when written. he--that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 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. 1 John 2:2(NASB) Verse Thoughts We have been brought into sweet fellowship with the heavenly Father by grace through faith in our Saviour, Jesus Christ.. but this can only be maintained and strengthened as we walk in the light. 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]. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 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"). we have an advocate--Advocacy is God's family blessing; other blessings He grants to good and bad alike, but justification, sanctification, continued intercession, and peace, He grants to His children alone. John is not saying we might not sin but “if” or “when” we do sin, Jesus is our advocate, being the “propitiation for our sins” or meeting the satisfaction of the Father’s wrath against our sins. BENGEL thinks John refers specially to the remarkable constancy exhibited by youths in Domitian's persecution. 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 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. Of course, we’re not saved by keeping the commandments but a saved person will naturally be inclined to obey the God that saved them by doing what He tells them! . And he is the propitiation — The atoning sacrifice by which the wrath of God is appeased. 1 John 2:19 “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. The heading of the second division of the Epistle: "God is righteous; therefore, every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him." Youth is especially liable to fleshly lusts. 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