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Summary: Because your sin is forgiven, do not love the world. Abide in God.

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Proposition: Because your sin is forgiven, do not love the world. Abide in God.

1 John 2:12-17. This is God’s holy Word.

1 John 2:12 I am writing to you, little children,

because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

13 I am writing to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men,

because you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, children,

because you know the Father.

14 I write to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,

because you are strong,

and the word of God abides in you,

and you have overcome the evil one.

1John 2:15   Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Amen. Thus ends the reading of God’s holy Word.

Opening Illustration: As we open the Scriptures today I want us to think about one the greatest and most referred to stories in all the Scriptures - the exodus of God’s people from Egypt. What is the purpose of the exodus? What is it communicating to the people of God? As Israel lived in Egypt they lived as foreigners, as pilgrims in a land not their own.

As Israel became more and more numerous the Egyptians decided to make them their slaves so that they would not overpower the Egyptians. As God saw the oppression of Israel he remembered his covenant with Abraham and brought his people out of the land of slavery to be set apart for himself. No longer did the Israelites belong to the Egyptians. They were purchased by God and were to desire the things of God.

However, it wouldn’t be long before the people of God would crave the evil desires of their flesh and of their eyes that they tasted in Egypt. Though their sins had been forgiven and though God had conquered their enemy who enslaved them, Israel still desired going back to the luxuries of their bondage.

If you are in Christ tonight you are freed from your bondage to sin that once enslaved you. No longer are you powerless over sin but you have the Spirit of the Living God dwelling in you. You can stand strong on the Word of God. We can look at Israel’s desires for Egypt and the world, and see what devastating effects it led to.

It is because our sins have been forgiven, because we know the Triune God and his Word, that we should not love the world. For why after being freed from sin would any of us go back into bondage? After being paid for by the blood of Christ, why would we still desire the fleeting passions of the world?

Transition: Verses 12-14 are meant to act as a great encouragement for those who are walking in the light. John gives us three assurances which he applies to three different groups of individuals: fathers, young men, and children. So, how are we to understand this? Is he just referring to three groups or is it referring to the church? Look with me at 1 John 5 verse 1. What was attributed to fathers, that they had known him who was from the beginning, is applied to all believers. Verse 1 says, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.”

Then we look at what was applied to young men, that they have overcome the evil one, the world. When we look at verse 4 of chapter 5 we see that the same thing is applied to everyone born of God. It says, “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” Therefore, when we see these assurances we should see them applied to every believer.

Transition: The purpose of John in writing verses 12-14 after all that he has just said is so that we can rest assured that we are walking in the light. But why? Why can we rest assured that we are in the light? Well, John gives us three reasons. The first reason is forgiveness. Your sins are forgiven.

I. Rest Assured.

A. Forgiveness.

Verse 12 says, “I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.”

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