Summary: The Apostle John was electrified by coming to know Jesus’ love and see His great light of Truth. He was never the same and his passion never reduced.
Series: Turn the Light On!
Sunday Sermon, November 11, 2007
Intro: Toward the end of the first century, some Christians began drifting away from the truth about Christ. They were losing touch with those who had known Jesus in the flesh as the founders of the church began to die off. They were also being seduced by competing doctrines, especially early forms of Gnosticism. As a result, second- and third-generation believers began to grow cold in their love for each other and lukewarm in their commitment to the truth.
The Apostle John responded to this trend by writing 1, 2, and 3 John. These letters call Christians back to the basics-the truth about Christ and the love of Christ. For that reason, they are crucial for Christians today.
John stresses the themes of:
• And life.
He warnings against:
• False teachers and false prophets
• The deceptive and destructive nature of sin.
John drives home the importance of Christian love.
To be without love is to be without Jesus. To be without Jesus is to be without Life.
The apostle wrote this letter to his dear “little children” (the phrase is used nine times) to help them find assurance of personal salvation and to make their and his joy complete.
John was a Veteran of the Faith. He was likely about 90years old.
I was recently at the funeral of my friend’s father. His Dad was a veteran. At the close service we moved outside so that his fellow veterans could honor his life. They gave Taps, a 21 gun solute and presented my friend with the American flag that had just draped the man’s casket. The words the commander gave that day moved us to reverence and admiration for those who have served and fought for our freedom.
We should all be thankful and honor those who have served and fought OR are now serving and fighting for our freedom.
We should approach John’s letters with such respect. He was the last Apostle standing. In as much as the Kingdom of God is superior to the United States of America we should read with respect.
John MacArthur writes, “When John’s brother James became the church’s first martyr, John bore the loss in a more personal way than the others. As each of the other disciples was martyred one by one, John suffered the grief and pain of additional loss. These were his friends and companions. Soon he alone was left. In some ways, that my have been the most painful suffering of all.”
He was perhaps the last man in the early church-who had actually walked and talked with Jesus. His writing reflects the urgency of that situation. He had to set the church straight.
Mark Driscol calls him: Papa Pastor John / His age and experience a tuned his heart / His words are full of wisdom. These Letters are the Word of God, but they are spoken through the life of the man, John.
John had to root-out the false teaching and lies the enemy had weaseled into the beliefs of those early Christians. The Believer had become unsettled in their security and indeed they were on shaky ground. Truth had been compromised and the Gospel tainted.