Summary: “Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar … AND the truth is not in that person.” John's words cause a POWERFUL examination in our lives that if we are truly followers of Christ, we MUST obey what He commands.

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Those who know God, must obey God

1 John Bible Study, Part 3

1 John 2:1-6


- Last week, John gave us tremendous insight into living fully for Christ

-- In his words we saw three specific applications for us to live by

• If we live in the dark, God does not live within us – He is NOT Lord

• If we live in the truth, He is within us and we walk perfectly with Him

• Repentance is more than words; it’s choosing to LIVE fully for Christ

- The forgiveness that Jesus provides is because He has already paid the price

-- He is the righteous One who speaks as our advocate to the Father (Judge)

- Consider it this way: He is the defense attorney we require for immunity

- This evening we continue on this same train of thought

-- It is John’s desire (and all should have it) that we’d seek to be more like Christ

- Read 1 John 2:1-6 / Pray

∆ Point 1 – We have an Advocate (1-2)

- What we see here is a delicate balance of John’s wording

-- He is blanacing two things: feelin forgiven and feeling free to sin

-- 1 John 1:9 reminds us that “If we confess our sins ...”

-- We have no reason to be buried in guilt because freedom has been given

- However, just because Jesus is able to forgive us doesn’t mean we sin freely

-- We are given forgiveness through Christ, and John’s words are encouraging

- When John says in 2:1, “But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate”

-- It could be paraphrased to mean: But if you do sin, help is available

- There is a bond of brotherhood that John implies with “dear children”

-- It’s important that we know what we’ve been given and how it must affect us

- Jesus (the advocate) speaks with tremendous authority on our behalf

-- He speaks boldly before the Judge, with permission to forgive all sin

- IMP: v2 shows us the depth of the penalty that was paid for you and I:

-- “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins …”

-- The judge’s forgiveness is not based on the life of the one on trial

-- But, it’s based on the price that has already been paid for the guilty

- The sacrifice of Christ was on behalf of you and I … its merits extraordinary

-- This is why when we look at Christ as Lord, we must mean it in everything

- We cannot call Jesus “Lord” and then live like we are in control

-- IMP: The sacrifice of His death is not only for us, but for the whole world

- The power of the blood is without measure to us; but fully required by God

-- Hebrews 9:11-14, “But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”

- APP: It is the ultimate price paid for reconciliation with God; He demanded it!

- TRANS: John’s words barely have time to sink in when he moves onward

-- APP: This is why it’s important that we meditate and chew on scripture

∆ Point 2 – We must live for Him (3-4)

- What John drives home is critical here: If you know God you must obey Him!

- Remember, this letter is written to correct false doctrine and teachings

-- It was written to adjust the behavior(s) and action(s) of Christians in Ephesus

-- However, it’s not a voyeuristic view we are to take, but an active one

-- John’s implication is clear: This is for us to ensure we are living for God

- APP: Many of this time (and today) claim to know God as their own …

- ABC News poll taken July 2013: 83% of Americans claim to be Christian

-- Most of the rest, 13 percent, have no religion

-- That leaves just 4 percent as adherents of all non-Christian religions combined

-- Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and a smattering of individual mentions

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