1 John ~ Chapter 2

1 John ~ Chapter 2

1 John 2:3-11:

A soldier must be an expert and well-skilled in his field so the Christian soldier ought to be well-skilled in all things necessary for his calling. This requires much discipline and wisdom. He must understand the word of command and be ready to obey his officer. As the Psalmist in Psalm 119:60. “I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commands.” It is very sad in our day and age when the Christian soldier hears the commands from The Lord Jesus Christ and then delays obedience to Him.

We saw in 1 John 1:1-4 that Jesus Christ has always existed. He is Deity, a member of the Godhead, which is the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ being God became man and lived on earth during His first advent 2,000 years ago. He had fellowship with many including the apostles who became His first witnesses.

We also saw in verses 1:5-2:2 that we as believers have been called to have fellowship or a relationship with Jesus Christ and the Father. Another way to say this is that we have been enlisted in God’s army. How have we been enlisted? By having His Word in our souls, starting with the Gospel of our salvation and receiving the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit.

So, with the Word and Spirit, we are in God’s army which is a full-time service. Yet, when we sin, we are temporarily AWOL (Absent With Out Leave) or out of fellowship. To get back into service, we need to tell God about any sins we have committed. 1 John 1:7-9 and regain fellowship with God through the filling of God the Holy Spirit, Eph 5:18. When we do that we have fellowship with God once again.

When we have fellowship with God, (in service for God) we have a great opportunity to have fellowship with (serve) one another. Godly fellowship with one another is based on having God in our lives collectively.

Now, I love every one of you, but that doesn’t mean I like all of you. Nevertheless, I can easily put aside any differences that we might have and still have a wonderful and fantastic time with each of you when our relationship is based on our mutual love of God and His Word.

How do you get to the point where you can put aside your difference and have a great time with someone while at the same time have an awesome time with God.

Well that’s the focus of 1 John 2:3-11, lets read.

  • The first clue is found in verses 3-6, which is to get to know God.

God is perfect, God is fair, God is just, God has a sense of humor, God has great power, God is very smart, and God is always where you are.

In order for you to have fellowship with someone you have to get to know them. In order for you to serve well in the military, you have to know the code of conduct.

In other words, you have to know how they think and operate. The same goes with God.

So ask yourself, “Do you know how God operates?”

When the Bible says keep His commandments, it’s talking about knowing who He is and changing your way of thinking, which is riddled with sin and to start thinking like He does, which is perfect through righteousness and justice, without sin and full of love.

  • This leads us to our next clue about service and fellowship. It has to do with God’s new commandment, which is actually an old commandment, see verses 7-8.

The commandment of love is new and different from the old system of the law. The Greek word for “new,” καινη, [Kahee-nay], designates what is new in quality, not in time.

Although the inner spirit of the law was love, and Christ asserted that love fulfilled the law, still the emphasis in the law was on outward conformity to certain regulations.

The Christian rule of love is new because love to others is motivated by our love to Christ, who first loved us, 1 John 4:19.

We are able to love even our enemies because we realize that Christ loved us when we were his enemies. Jesus called this the new commandment in John 13:34, 35; 15:12; Mat 5:44; Luke 6:27, 35.

John 13:31, “Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him; 32if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately… 34“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 15:12, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14You are My friends if you do what I command you.”

This type of love is AGAPE love, which is in the subjunctive mood in the Greek. That means maybe you will operate in this type of love or maybe you won’t.

AGAPE is a mental attitude love that operates unconditionally and is not based on the other party.

AGAPE is solely based on the Word of God (commandments of God) inside of you. If you don’t have the Word (truth) inside of you, you can’t complete this command.

1 John 3:11, “For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”

So, the new commandment to love is actually the same old commandment. When we are in fellowship with God, walking in the light, we also walk in love.

It is a basic spiritual principle that when Christians are out of fellowship with God, they cannot get along with God’s people.

We are all members of God’s Royal Family, so we ought to love one another. This was even an “old commandment” back in the days of Moses, Lev. 19:18.

Rom 13:8, “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

  • The Third clue has to do with walking in the light, verses 9-11.

First off, the light is Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:7; John 1:1-9; 8:12.

John 8:12, “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

John 1:9, “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.”

If we say we love each other yet ignore each other, we are actually living in darkness, in sin. Do not forsake the gathering together of yourselves is a commandment of God. How many of you are actively applying that commandment in your souls. Heb 10:25

Heb 10:25, “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

This is one simple example that tells God and others whether you are walking in the light or darkness.

The one who loves his brother is a rock for his brother and does stumble or cause others to stumble.

John 11:9, “Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10“But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”

This is similar to what Christ said as record in the gospel of Luke.

Luke 11:23, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.”

So, walking in the light is more than just learning Bible doctrine, it is applying it to. Applying it with an emphasis on serving one other, loving your brother, i.e. other members of the Royal Family of God.

Eph 5:8, “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”

1 Thes 5:4, “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober (abstaining from sin).”

Rom 11:11, “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.”

The Failure To Pay Close Attention:

“The high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days” (2 Chronicles 15:17).

Asa was not completely obedient in the outward, visible areas of his life. He was obedient in what he considered the most important areas, but he was not entirely right. Beware of ever thinking, “Oh, that thing in my life doesn’t matter much.” The fact that it doesn’t matter much to you may mean that it matters a great deal to God. Nothing should be considered a trivial matter by a child of God. How much longer are we going to prevent God from teaching us even one thing? But He keeps trying to teach us and He never loses patience. You say, “I know I am right with God”—yet the “high places” still remain in your life. There is still an area of disobedience. Do you protest that your heart is right with God, and yet there is something in your life He causes you to doubt? Whenever God causes a doubt about something, stop it immediately, no matter what it may be. Nothing in our lives is a mere insignificant detail to God.

God wants you to be entirely His, and it requires paying close attention to keep yourself fit spiritually. It also takes a tremendous amount of time. Yet some of us expect to rise above all of our problems, going from one mountaintop experience to another, with only a few minutes effort.

1 John 2:12-17:

These passages have two primary focuses with one overall theme. The first focus is on the stages of Spiritual Growth. The second is avoiding the temptations of worldliness. The overall theme is continuing to walk in the Light of Jesus Christ to be an overcomer.

  • Spiritual Growth

In verses 12-14, John exhorts three categories of believers. Each category speaks of a stage of spiritual growth and gives the general rule for that stage of growth. All believers should be motivated through personal love for God the Father to achieve the greatest amount of spiritual growth in their lives. The Word of God is so rich that we can never stop learning or growing. Spiritual growth is a life-long process, not a 40-yard dash.

The analogies of walking and running are used by God to describe the process of spiritual growth.

2 Tim 2:5, “Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.”

Gal 5:7, “You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?”

1 Cor 9:24, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”

John begins by addressing all believers with an endearing term that in the New Testament speaks affectionately to the students of a teacher. He addresses them as Teknion (Neuter, Plural), which literally means little children, but metaphorically speaks to the close relationships of students to a teacher. “My technical ones” is another way to say this.

“Little Children” – teknion -τεκνιον] in the Vocative, Neuter, Plural.
This word along with the preceding you (SU in the Greek) in the second person, plural tells us John is addressing a group of people not just one individual.

This address is similar to that which Christ used including John 13:33.

John 13:33, “Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

This is similar to what John noted in his first epistle as we saw previously.

John reminds them that their sins are forgiven.

The Greek word for “forgiven” here is an interesting one. It is the Greek Verb aphiemi – αφιεμι, in the Perfect tense, Passive voice, Indicative mood, Third Person Plural, which means: To send away; to bid going away, or depart; to permit, allow, not to hinder, to give up a thing to a person; to leave, go way from one; to let go, give up a debt, forgive, to remit.

The Perfect Tense means action completed that does need to be repeated. In other words once your sins are forgiven by:

  • Your faith in Jesus Christ’s work upon the cross, and/or
  • Rebound, naming the sins you committed after your salvation to God the Father, 1 John 1:9. You have been cleansed of those sins for all time. That means they are forgotten by God never to be brought up again. Heb 8:12; 10:17-25; Jer 31:34

Jer 31:34, “…for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

So, in addressing all believers, who are loved ones in the Royal Family of God, (remember that John is the Love Apostle), he is reminding us all that no matter what our level of spiritual growth is, the forgiveness of sins is the key to spiritual growth and thus rebound is key at any stage of spiritual growth to walk in the light of Jesus Christ.

Then John addresses the; Three Stages of Spiritual Growth.

Pateres – Fathers. These are spiritually mature believers who have a great knowledge base of the Word of God and apply it.

Neaniskos – Young Men. These are spiritual adolescents who are in the process of growing in the knowledge of the Lord and are highly motivated through personal love for God the Father to continue to work and grow.

Paidion – Children, young children, infants. These are spiritual infants, new believers in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So, John is calling out three groups of believers who represent different aspects of Spiritual Growth.

This is noted by the words of encouragement he gives to each one. The words of encouragement tell us the general doctrinal base of the believer at each stage of growth.

John begins by giving them new encouragement with the statement, “I am writing to you”, (the Greek verb γραφο GRAPHO in the Present, Active, Indicative, First Person, Singular) and follows up with the second encouragement “I have written to you”, in the Past tense, (where γραφο GRAPHO is changed to εγραπσα EGRAPSA in the Aorist tense, Active voice, Indicative mood, First Person, Singular).

This is similar language and imagery, as we saw last week in verses 7-8 comparing the principle of impersonal unconditional love towards mankind as a new commandment that is actually an old one that has been around since the written Word was given.

In verses 12-14, John states a new encouragement and then reminds them that they have always had this information.

This is a good principle for us all no matter what stage of spiritual growth we are in. Even though we have heard the Word of God in the past, we don’t always comprehend it or remember it. That’s why a Pastor must repeat information to you over and over again. Giving it to you just once is not enough. You will not remember it or even comprehend it by hearing it just once. But maybe after 2, 3, 4 or 1,000 times, you will finally get it and remember it. And as is appropriate, John addresses the new believer just once as they have only heard this information presumably once before.

So John addresses three different classes among his readers, and his remarks are appropriate for each group. This is an appropriate address following the commission by Jesus when He spoke to Peter in John 21:15-17.

John 21:15; “So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” (Feed new / infant believers)

16”He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” (Care for / rule over [PROBATON – one who walks forward] – adolescent believers)

17”He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.” (Feed [PROBATON] – mature believers)

Now, let’s see what John is reminding them of at each stage of spiritual Growth? In the following we will address each group in the order they occur in the believer’s life.

The first stage of spiritual growth, infant children (baby believers).

John speaks to new believers in terms of their salvation and the results of Christ’s work on the cross. The young children (here the word denotes age) are seen in relation to God as their Father, whom of course they could know only through the Son, Matt. 11:27.

Mat 11:27; “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”

John 6:44; “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.”

So, the new encouragement is the forgiveness of your sins followed by the old encouragement of the same as planned, designed and authored by God the Father. The whole plan of God the Father is summed up by this, “the forgiveness of sins for mankind through His son the Lord Jesus Christ.”

John 3:16; “For God (the Father) so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

For the new believer, the basis of their spiritual walk is understanding the Plan of God the Father for the forgiveness of their sins and continually rely upon / trust in that until they have more doctrine in their soul to apply.

For the new believer they need to understand their position in Christ called Positional Sanctification. At Salvation you have been Set Apart by God, being made a new spiritual species / creature, entered into the Royal Family of God, having a place reserved for you in heaven. That position is eternally secure. 1 John 2:21-25; John 10:28; Rom 6:8; 2 Tim 2:11

The Second Stage is Spiritual Adolescence – Young Men.

Next we have the young men who are described with a more active term, as having overcome (or, conquered) the enemy.

“Overcome” is the Greek verb NIKAO in the Perfect tense, Active Voice, Indicative mood, Second Person, Plural.

The new encouragement states what they have accomplished. They have not given in to the temptations of Satan’s Cosmic System (the evil one). They have remained in the Light of Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:4-5; Rev 2-3

The old encouragement is that their strength is not of themselves but is from the Word of God which has led them to victory over the Cosmic System. (“Abides in you” = MENO – stays or remains.)

This strength is not the natural physical vigor of young men but the power of God’s Word in them through the “G.A.P.”, (Holy Spirit), Isa. 40:30, 31.

Isa 40:30’ “Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, 31Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

This group can enjoy the power of God and the victory over Satan. John goes on to affirm that only by freeing themselves from the grasp of the evil things of the world can this victory be achieved.

Since Satan is in control of the world (1 John 5:19), believers must constantly guard against his assaults by becoming saturated with God’s word, John 17:15-21.

1 John 5:19; “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”

So, the Adolescent is reminded of their victory through the power of the filling of God the Holy Spirit and the Word of God resident within their soul. Through the application of the Word in their sou,l they have victory over Satan’s Cosmic System. This is also called Experiential Sanctification.

Spiritual Maturity – Father.

Finally, we have the spiritually mature believers. Here John speaks to the mature men as knowing Christ and having knowledge appropriate for their level of maturity.

This verse states that they “have known” or in other words have come to know Him experientially. This group has passed through the stages and knowledge of the Father and His Word. They have gone through trials and tribulations. They have seen His Spirit and Word work in many situations. They are tried and true soldiers.

The phrase “Him that was from the beginning” is a reference to Christ, the eternal Word of life as similarly referenced in 1 John 1:1, 2.

Notice that John now speaks of “Him [who was] from the beginning,” and not “that which was from the beginning”. John is emphasizing the personal relationship achieved by the mature believer with Jesus Christ at this stage.

In 1 John 1:1-2, John was simply identifying the Christ as the One we need to know in order to have fellowship with God. Here in 1 John 2:13-14, he is emphasizing the intimate relationship the mature believer has with Christ.

The new encouragement is that the mature believer knows Him (Jesus Christ).

The old encouragement is absolutely the same phrase word by word.

In other words they already have the doctrine, they already are experiencing walking in the light, so now what do you do?

The answer is, keep walking. It is the same as always. Just continue to apply your faith and fellowship and keep moving forward.

Heb 13:8; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace.”

Knowing Christ emphasizes the intimate relationship the mature believer has with Christ. 2 Cor 12:7-10; Phil 3; 4:10-13

Phil 4:13; “I can do all things through Him (Christ) who strengthens me.”

1 John 2:15-17, Avoiding Worldliness:

In Verse 15 John, who has just told us what type of love we are to have in order to know we are walking in the Light of Christ, vs 3-11, now tells us what type of love not to have.

We should not love the world (Satan’s Cosmic System) and the things that are part of that system.

Why does God say that? Because when we love the things of Satan’s Cosmic System, we have been deceived and have been led away from the love of God and His Plan for our lives.

Col 2:18, “Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement (Cosmic Arrogance) and the worship of the angels (Cosmic Religion), taking his stand on visions he has seen (Empiricism), inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, 19and not holding fast to the head (Jesus Christ), from whom the entire body (Royal Family of God), being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments (Pastor teach the Word), grows with a growth which is from God (3 Stages of Spiritual Growth).”

This is similar to what Paul said to the church at Corinth in 1 Cor 9:24-27, (pg. 135).

In 1 Cor 9, he is encouraging them to compete in the battle against the Cosmic System and to do so in such a way that you will be victorious (vs 24), that is “lay hold of the prize”.

Laying hold of the prize in the words of John in 1 John and the book of Revelation is to be an overcomer, (NIKAO), the word for victory.

As we have noted in this study, the overcomer is the first one who has received Jesus Christ as their personal savior, and secondly, one who grows in the Word of God on a consistent basis and marches through the 3 stages of spiritual growth.

In 1 Cor 9 and 1 John, it is speaking to the one who is growing by walking in the light of Jesus Christ. As a result, you will be an overcomer and lay hold of the prize which is the eternal rewards and blessings stored up for you for the day of the BEMA seat judgment of Jesus Christ, 1 Cor 3:10-15; 2 Cor 5:10.

The word in 1 Cor 9:27 “disqualified” is the Greek word Adokimos – αδοκιμοσ]. The NASB is an ok translation with the word disqualified but the KJV is terrible using the word castaway for ADOKIMOS.

ADOKIMOS means, failing to meet the test, disqualified, worthless, corrupted in mind, and that which does not prove itself such as it ought. Various Greek writers used ADOKIMOS as not standing the test, spurious (counterfeit), properly of coin, Plato. Metaphorically of persons, rejected as false, disreputable, reprobate (morally unprincipled), Euripides, Xenophon, etc.

The opposite of this is found in James 1:12.

James 1:12, “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, (DOKIMOS) he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

Now in relation to 1 John 2:16, we see how the lover of the world is deceived by Satan.

Satan is a master at choosing the proper time and the most advantageous season for tempting and attacking the believer. Satan knows when to make his attacks and the time when he is most likely to prevail.

For example, he will attack when the believer first gets into doctrine. When individuals discover doctrinal truth, temptations and earthly things they searched for for years are brought in to distract them and get them back into the cosmic system.

Here’s an individual searching for years for someone or something, and then all of a sudden they become involved with doctrine and the kingdom of darkness brings just what they have been searching for right on their doorsteps.

He’ll attack believers when they first get into doctrine, as I’m sure some of you can affirm.

Secondly, he also attacks when the believer is plagued by some great affliction. This is to make the attack at a time of physical weakness.

Thirdly, he will attack the Christian soldier when he is about to enter some significant venture for God’s glory.

As Genesis 49:17 says, he’ll be “Like a serpent in the way, A horned snake in the path, That bites the horse’s heels, So that his rider falls backward.”

For example, he stood at Joshua’s right hand, to resist him, Zech 3:1-3.

Zech 3:1, “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.”

Notice that Satan is standing on Joshua’s right hand to accuse him. The right hand represents the area where the believer is to follow the Lord.

Verse 2, “The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”

Verse 3-4, “Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel. 4And he spoke and said to those who were standing before him saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.”

So, in Satan’s attempt to drag us away from the Word, Will, and Plan of God, he uses three masterful techniques that have been tried and tested and shown to be successful.
Just as there are three main stages of Spiritual growth, Infancy, Adolescence, and Adulthood, there are three main temptations Satan uses to draw the believer away from God.

Satan used these on the Woman in the Garden of Eden, Gen 3:1-7. He used them on Jesus Christ, Luke 4:1-13. He continues to use them on us today, 1 John 2:15. We can also assume that he used them on the rebellious fallen angels in eternity past. Dan 8:10

Dan 8:10, “It (Satan’s personal arrogance and rebellion) grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down.” w/ Rev 12:3.

These three deceitful tools of the cosmic system according to 1 John 2:15 include:

  • Lust of the flesh;
  • Lust of the eyes;
  • Boastful pride of life. I call them appetite, beauty and ambitious pride.

Appetite:

  • 1 John 2:15a, “Lust of the flesh”

  • Gen 3:6a, “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food,”

  • Luke 4:3, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

Beauty:

  • 1 John 2:15b, “Lust of the eyes”

  • Gen 3:6b, “that it was a delight to the eyes,

  • Luke 4:5-6, “And he (Satan) led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6And the devil said to Him, ‘I will give You all this domain and its glory;'”.

Ambitious Pride:

  • 1 John 2:15c, “Boastful pride of life”

  • Gen 3:6c, “that the tree was desirable to make one wise”

  • Luke 4:9-10, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; 10for it is written, ‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU TO GUARD YOU’,”.

Even though these three are very successful tools, Christ demonstrated that the Word of God is more powerful and is needed to overcome them, Luke 4:4, 8, 12. Also in Mat 4:1-11, which are quotes from Deut 8:3, 6:13, 16.

Though the particular tests were out of the ordinary experience of human beings, the areas of testing which they represented were common to all people. All sinful desires can be classified as either lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes, or the boasting about possessions (or a combina­tion thereof, 1 John 2:16). The tests which Satan put the Lord through fall into those three categories (Matt. 4:1-11).

Then in 1 John 2:17, in summing up the exhortation to grow spiritually by refusing the temptations of Satan’s Cosmic System, John reminds us that the Cosmic System is passing away but the one who walks in the light of Christ will have fellowship with Him forever.

This is telling us that divine wisdom is needed or else we will become like the foolish unbelievers, Rom 2:18-32.

When you focus on the Word of God and continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18) and avoid being side tracked by the temptation of Satan’s Cosmic System, you will be walking in the Light of Jesus Christ, having fellowship with Him and will be classified as a victor (overcomer) by God (Rev 2-3).

John 16: 33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

1 John 2:18-21, Spiritual Self-Esteem:

In verse 18, John begins with the address “children” once again. He is again using the Greek noun in the Vocative, Neuter of PAIDION, which he used in verse 13. In the neuter it is a generic address and is referencing young or new believers both male and female.

Even though John addresses the group with the word children throughout this book, this is last time he addresses them as PAIDION. Hereafter he uses TEKNION, translated little children. As we have seen before TEKNION is an address of affection between a teacher and student. Yet PAIDION is speaking to a stage of spiritual growth.

Why does he use this address here? Simply because someone or some group, most likely the Gnostics who denied the deity of Christ, are spreading all kinds of false doctrines among this group, (verse 26), and they have become frighten by what they are hearing.

This is like the little child who is easily frightened when their imagination runs wild with various thoughts and fears. At the sound of thunder, they are terrified. At the thought of the boogey man in their closet, they are fearful. When their parent leaves the room, they are afraid they won’t return. All of these things happen in the natural realm to infants and the young.

In the spiritual realm the same thing happens to the immature believer as they are easily swayed by false doctrines and easily frightened about losing their salvation, the potential of difficulties in life or even the fact that angels both elect and fallen are all around them.

1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not mature in love.”

At the time of John’s writing, there were those from the Gnostic cult who had infiltrated the early Christian church and were spreading false doctrines about Christ. They said that deity and humanity could not be one; therefore, Christ could not be the God / Man who died for our sins. They also held that knowledge was the path for ascension to God. These are the antichrists referred to by John.

2 John 1:7, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.”

1 John 4:1, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

So, in writing this letter, John is ensuring the church that the man Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that eternal life is through Him and Him only (vs 25 and 1:2) and that He will come again (3:2).

1 John 5:13, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

The other main point John brings out in this letter is that operating in impersonal / unconditional love demonstrates that you are a believer in Christ. You will know them by their fruit. Mat 7:16, 20

Immature believers are easily frightened by life’s situations of trials, tribulations, and difficulties because they don’t have enough doctrine in their soul yet for spiritual stability. Those who have grown spiritually and are young adults or mature adults have the doctrine in their soul for spiritual stability. They have reached one of the three stages of Spiritual Adulthood, Spiritual Self-Esteem, Spiritual Autonomy, and Spiritual Maturity.

So, let’s look at the first stage of Spiritual Adulthood, Spiritual Self-Esteem, and see how through the intake and application of Bible Doctrine you have stability within your soul.

The Characteristics of Spiritual Self-Esteem:
Adapted from R.B. Thieme Jr.

Spiritual Self Esteem (SSE):

What is SSE? It is the continual application of Bible doctrine resident in the soul. It is living by your own thinking from that doctrine and is making application of metabolized doctrine under all circumstances including suffering for blessing.

The Christian who gains SSE has crossed the dividing line between spiritual childhood and spiritual adulthood, between spiritual dependence and spiritual independence, between punitive suffering and suffering for blessing.

SSE is the giant step in the believer’s life as the first stage of spiritual adulthood having these characteristics in the believer:

1.] THE BEGINNING OF CONTENTMENT = Contentment, or capacity for happiness in one’s present circumstances, begins in spiritual self-esteem, grows stronger in spiritual autonomy, and reaches a peak in spiritual maturity [2 Cor 12:10; 1 Tim 6:6-8; Heb 13:5]. In spiritual adulthood, sharing the happiness of God is the Christian’s greatest and most effective problem-solving device [Phil 4:11].

Phil 4:11, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”

2.] MENTAL STABILITY = A stabilized mentality comes from the consistent and accurate application of Bible Doctrine in adversity and in prosperity [Phi 4:12,13].

Phil 4:12-13, “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

3.] COMPOSURE MARKED BY SELF-ASSURANCE = Self-assurance is characteristic of the believer who can consistently and accurately apply doctrine to life and who has experienced the efficacy of doctrine in his own life [Jam 1:22-25].

4.] GRACE ORIENTATION TO LIFE = The believer with SSE appreciates the extension of God’s grace toward him without distorting that grace policy into antinomian license [Rom 6:1]. Furthermore, he demonstrates a gracious attitude toward other people without distorting toleration into compromise of integrity [Rom 12:10].

Rom 12:10, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.”

5.] DOCTRINAL ORIENTATION TO REALITY = SSE orients the believer to reality by maintaining his humility, by avoiding inordinate ambition and competition, by developing spiritual common sense, spiritual independence and a sense of humor [Rom 12:3; Eph 4:23].

Rom 12:3, “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”

6.] GOOD DECISIONS FROM A POSITION OF STRENGTH = God’s Power System is the position of strength in which good decisions are possible, based on divine viewpoint thinking motivated from personal love for God. [Eph 6:10; Phil 2:2; Col 1:11].

Col 1:11, strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12giving thanks to the Father.”

7.] THE BEGINNING OF PERSONAL CONTROL OF ONE’S LIFE = Spiritual independence is based on maximum use of one’s royal priesthood, by which the believer represents himself before God. His perspective in life is focused on God rather than on people [1 Peter 2:9; Col 2:7; Heb 12:2, 3].

Col 2:7, “having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”

8.] THE USE OF SPIRITUAL SELF-ESTEEM AS A PROBLEM-SOLVING DEVICE = SSE solves the problem of inadequacy, fear, emotional disturbance, lack of personality identity, and uncertainty concerning one’s niche in life [2 Tim 1:7]. The believer views difficulties as opportunities to utilize the doctrine in his soul [2 Tim 2:3, 4].

2 Tim 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”

9.] THE BEGINNING OF A PERSONAL SENSE OF DESTINY = The meaning, purpose, and definition of your life becomes clear as you resolve your relationships with God, self and people. [Acts 4:28; Rom 8:29-30; Eph 1:5, 11]

Acts 4:28, “To do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.”

10.] COMMAND OF SELF = Fulfilling the responsibilities that accompany independence, the believer exercises self-control, self-restraint, poise, and self-regulation [Pro 19:11; 1 Cor 14:33; 2 Tim 2:10]. Command of self, facilitates good communication with other people, which is mandatory in all successful relationships.

2 Tim 2:10, “For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.”

11.] A NEW ATTITUDE TOWARD LIFE = Personal love for God gives the believer a dynamic attitude, viewpoint, and perspective on life. His thoughts and priorities change, as his focus on Christ motivates him in everything he does [John 15:10-17 – unconditional love].

12.] QUALIFICATION FOR PROVIDENTIAL PREVENTATIVE SUFFERING = SSE gives the believer the ability to handle suffering for blessing and qualifies him to pass the test of providential preventative suffering and advance him into the next stage of spiritual adulthood, spiritual autonomy [1 Peter 4:12-16].

13.] RENEWING OF YOUR MIND – (a.k.a., post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation {P.E.R} = Epistemology is the study of knowledge itself, addressing the question of how man knows what he knows. After salvation the believer must concentrate on a new source of truth, Bible Doctrine, under the teaching ministry of an academically prepared pastor, theologically orthodox pastor/teacher filled with the Spirit. The believer must acquire a new doctrinal frame of reference through learning and metabolizing the Word of God by faith, for “the righteous believer shall live by faith” [Rom 1:17]. P.E.R. is a term that encompasses all the Bible Doctrine the believer has learned between salvation and spiritual adulthood. This renovation of thought includes everything from understanding spirituality and how to execute the Predesigned Plan of God {PPOG}, to appreciating one’s portfolio of invisible assets. [Rom 12:2]

Rom 12:22, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

14.] ATTAINMENT OF THE FIRST PHASE OF THE UNIQUE LIFE = God has designed a unique life for the Church Age believer, part of which is experienced and part of which is not [Rom 8:10]. The non-experiential aspect of the unique life includes the indwelling of all three members of the Trinity. This is the Church Age believer’s permanent status, not his progressive experience. The experiential aspect of the unique life is the glorification of Christ in the body of the believer [Eph 5:1; 1 Cor 6:20].

Eph 5:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”

1 John 2:22-27, Antichrists – Truth versus Lies:

In our passages, John speaks about:

  • The great coming Antichrist ( 6:1-2; 13:1-10). This is the one world leader that comes on to the scene at the beginning of the Tribulation. He will be a magnificent human being who has the powers of Satan backing him. He will deceive the world into thinking He is the Messiah come to save them, 2 Thes 2:1-17.
  • Many antichrists were present and active in his time and throughout church history.

The ones John is speaking about belonged to the visible church but were not believers, 1 John 2:19. Some of them were known as Gnostics, others Docetic.

These individuals denied the reality of the incarnation of Christ and His relationship to the Father, vv. 21-23; 2 John 7.

2 John 7, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.”

  • The spirit of antichrist (1 John 4:1-6), which refers to Satan and demonic forces behind anti-Christian teaching and activity. As we call it, the Satan’s Cosmic System.

The Christian must remember that he is in the world but not of the world. Our true home is in heaven. John 17:14-16; 1 Peter 5:9; Phil 3:20

So, all of these things “in the world” / antichrists are trying to deceive you, lead you astray, and get you away from the Plan of God.

Yet in verse 20, the phrase “You have an anointing from the Holy One”, means you have been anointed by the Holy Spirit at the moment of your salvation which is the sealing of the Spirit (Eph 1:13) signified by His permanent indwelling (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19). As a result, you have power option 1, (the filling of the Spirit), and power option number 2, (the intake of Bible Doctrine), that leads you to discern between truth and error.

This is again amplified in verse 27 that says, “You have no need for anyone to teach you”. In other words, God the Holy Spirit, whom you have received, teaches you how to distinguish truth from error, John 16:13.

John 16:13-14, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears (Bible Doctrine taught by your Pastor-Teacher), He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine (the Word) and will disclose it to you.”

The Spirit uses human teachers to accomplish the hearing part, Eph. 4:11-16. Upon your positive volition toward the Word, you hear, the Spirit then metabolizes it in your soul. This is called the Grace Apparatus for Perception, GAP.

Then when false information is presented to you, the Spirit reaches into our soul to pull out the metabolized doctrine for you to apply towards the false information. At this point, it is again a matter of your volition. Do you go with the doctrine in your soul and reject the false teaching, or do you go with the false information presented to you.

We have the power of the Word and the Spirit as our defense to recognize false information. But when our defenses are down, either by sinning or by a lack of “hearing” the Word, we are vulnerable to the lies of the world.

What are the lies of the world? They are Satan’s false information and propaganda that leads people away from the truth of the Grace of God.

Rev 12:9, “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world.”

As verse 22 tells us, there are liars in the world who deny Jesus is the Christ. These liars have swallowed whole the lies and deceptions of Satan and are propagating supposed truths about God. These truths are anything but true and are the deceptions of Satan the supreme liar.

In John’s day, these individuals denied that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, i.e., that He was both man and God. They believed that deity and humanity could not be joined. The separation of the human and the divine was an early (Docetic and Gnostic) heresy. 1 John 4:1-6; 2 John 7-9

In verse 23, we see that to deny the Son makes it impossible to become part of God’s family and have God as Father.

Mat 10:33, “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”

Satan the Supreme Liar:

Satan is the greatest deceiver of history. To be such a deceiver the devil must be the greatest and most effective liar in history.

John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand for the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, from his own nature he speaks; because he is a liar, and the father of lies.”

When there is no doctrine or even divine establishment truth circulating in the stream of consciousness of either believers or unbelievers, they will automatically lie. When Satan is the mentor of anyone, they have no truth and follow in the function of the mentor.

Satan never tells the truth. The power of the truth in your soul as a believer is one of the greatest factors in insulating you against the power of Satan. Eph 6:11 w/ 2 Cor 2:11

Eph 6:11, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

2 Cor 2:11, “So that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”

Satan works through human beings who are liars.

2 Thes 2:9 10, “That is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with every deception of unrighteousness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love for the truth with the result that they might be delivered.”

Believers are deceived as easily as unbelievers by the Satanic strategy.

2 Cor 11:3, “But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the purity and virtue which belongs to Christ.”

Truth brings purity and virtue to the unbeliever and believer respectively.

We take our precedence for the Church Age from the dispensation of the Hypostatic union. Satan’s objective is to distract you from the spiritual skills and get you to follow a political (humanistic) solution.

Yet when you apply the truth, it causes Satan to flee.

Jam 4:7, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Conversely when you have arrogance in your soul, you are most vulnerable to the lies of Satan.

Paul’s warning against the arrogance skills is found in Rom 12:2 3.

Rom 12:2-3, “Stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thought, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 3For I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you stop thinking of self in terms of arrogance beyond what you ought to think; but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion, as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine.”

Thinking in terms of sanity is thinking truth.

Interestingly, the basis for all satanic religions has always been human sacrifice as a counterfeit to Christ sacrifice. The basis for human sacrifice is always a satanic lie. Human sacrifice does not always mean death. Many times it takes the form of works for salvation. In other words, you sacrifice yourself so that God will accept you. That is heresy and an insult to the perfect substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins.

In 1 John 2:18-27, the lie being exposed has to do with salvation. They were denying Christ and looking to another form for achieving spirituality. Typically, they were looking to works and the increase of knowledge.

Salvation by works is a false doctrine, which rejects God’s grace policy in the provision of eternal salvation for the human race. Eph 2:8-9

Eph 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Salvation by works rejects the total helplessness of mankind under real spiritual death. Real spiritual death not only means separation from God at birth and total depravity, but it also means helplessness to do anything about our status quo.

Salvation by works makes the distinction between Christianity and religion.

  • In Christianity, mankind is eternally saved through the work of God. God the Father planned it, God the Son executed it on the cross, and God the Holy Spirit reveals it.
  • However, in religion, man seeks to gain the approbation of God through some category of human works, self-sacrifice, personality, or energy of the flesh.

Christianity is not a religion. In Christianity, God does the work and man is the beneficiary apart from any merit or any works.

Religion is the devil’s ace trump. Satan counterfeits Christianity through religion. Religion is one of the greatest systems of both moral and immoral degeneration.

There are at least ten categories of salvation by works rejected by the Word of God, as in Eph 2:9 “It is not by works so that no one may boast.”

  • Verbal works, (repent and believe, confess sins, invite Christ, begging and public displays).
  • Ritual works, (circumcision, baptism, Eucharist, etc.).
  • Psychological works, (come forward, raise your hand, etc.).
  • Corporate works, (join the church, Tithe, etc.).
  • Religious works, (keep the law, do penance, etc.).
  • Behavioral works, (change your personality, live morally, don’t do any of the taboos).
  • Emotional works, (ecstatics, tongues etc.).
  • Salvation by invitation, (invite Christ into your heart).
  • Commitment salvation (commitment is a function that occurs after salvation.)
  • Lordship salvation (“if Christ is not lord of all, he is not lord at all.”)

Mat 11:28, “Come unto Me, all you who are laboring and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

John 6:35, “Jesus said to them, `I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’”

John 6:37, “Him that comes unto Me, I will in no wise cast out.”

John 6:47, (Explains what it means to come to Christ), “Truly, truly, I say unto you, he who believes in Me has eternal life.”

Eph 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

1 John 2:28-29, Standing in Confidence before the Lord at the BEMA:

“Little Children” – TEKNION, is an endearing address to students by a teacher.

“Abide” – MENO – Verb; Present, Active, Imperative, Second Person, Plural.
It means to stay, remain, continue.

This is an exhortation to gain and maintain spiritual maturity as referenced in 1 John 2:14, 17 to the adolescent (first stage of spiritual maturity) believers.

It is in contrast to those of verse 19 who did not remain in Christ and followed the delusions of the Cosmic System stated in 1 John 2:15-17, the love of the world and things in it.

Abiding is equivalent to standing or standing firm in the Lord. 1 Cor 16:13; Eph 6:11-20

1 Cor 16:13-14, “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14Let all that you do be done in love.”

Phil 4:1, “Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.”

2 Thes 2:15, “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.”

It also means Fellowship with the Lord as John describes in chapter 1:5-10 and 2:3-11. It includes the naming of your sins to God the Father, coupled with the application of the Word of God to your life, which leads you to love one another unconditionally. This is the type of love that Christ had and has directed towards man.

John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 15:12, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”

Heb 12:2, “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising (disregarding) the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

In addition, we see these principles in verse 29, which says Christ is righteous and the one who has fellowship with Him also operates in righteousness.

Then we have the phrase “when He appears,” which is made up of the Greek words EAN and PHANEROO.

“When” is the conjunction EAN meaning,” if or when.” Because it is linked to the next word in the subjunctive mood, it is a third class conditional if that means uncertainty of time but likely to occur. So “when” is a good translation.

“Appears” – φανερρο – PHANEROO [φανερρο, is a verb in the Aorist, Passive, Subjunctive, Third Person, Singular. PHANEROO which means, “to make visible or clear, to appear.” Its root word means, “to bring to light.”

So, this phrase tells us that Christ will appear but the time frame is left open. This statement gives us confidence that Christ is coming back, we just don’t know exactly when.

John 14:3, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”

“We may have” is the Greek verb ECHO in the Aorist, Active, Subjunctive, First Person Plural, which means, “to have and hold.”

This again is a third class if which means, maybe we will and maybe we won’t have confidence before the Lord. It is conditional which means, the choice is yours.

“Confidence” – PARRESIA [παρρεσια], is made up of two Greek words, PAS = All, and RHESIS which means, “speech.”

So PARRESIA comes to mean, “freedom of speech, confidence, boldness (in…speech), openness, frankness, bluntness, assurance, known publicly, make a public example of.”

God the Father did this when Christ, at the cross, triumphed over Satan and the fallen Angels.

Col 2:15, “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.”

If we are confident in our walk with Christ on earth as Paul was…

2 Cor 3:12, “Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech.” (This is also seen in Eph 6:19 as we just read.)

… we will have confidence before the Lord in heaven.

This confidence is not just standing silently before the Lord waiting for your rewards, but it says you will be able to speak freely, openly, frankly, and boldly with the Lord at His appearing. We will be public displays of His glory based on our divine good produced while here on earth.

In other words, you will have nothing to be ashamed of or afraid of and will represent that in your speech and being in heaven.

1 Cor 15:41-42, “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 42So also is the resurrection of the dead.”

Then we have the flip side. Those that will shrink away.

“Shrink away in shame” – AISCHUNO – Verb, Aorist, Passive Deponent, Subjunctive, First Person, Plural. It means disfigurement, that is, disgrace; to feel shame (for oneself); be ashamed, dishonor.

These are believers who have not gone forward in the Plan of God. These are the ones Paul refers to in Phil 3:18-19

Phil 3:18-19, “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.”

This is the type of believer that John refers to in 1 John 1:6 and 2:9, 11, 15-16.

So, we have a choice based on the subjunctive mood, to stand confidently before the Lord in our conversation with Him and glorify Him brightly forever or to run away in shame and embarrassment because we did not honor Him in our lives.

“At His coming” – PAROUSIA – a presence, a coming. The second coming of Jesus Christ which has two stages.

  • The Rapture of the church. 1 Thes 4:13-17 (in the air)
  • The Second Advent of Christ. Zech 14:4 (on the ground)

So, our confidence at His Appearing speaks to the BEMA of Christ.

The BEMA is a Greek word for judgment seat. It was used in the ancient Isthmian games. The winners of various events would stand before the BEMA to receive their prize, usually a wreath of leaves.

At the Bema of our Lord Jesus Christ, He will evaluate each church age believer’s works to determine if they are divine in quality, and therefore merit rewards or are human in quality, which will not merit rewards (Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 John 2:28).

Rom 14:10b, “For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.”

Sins will never be judged again because they were judged at the cross.

Rom 6:10, “For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.”  w/ Heb 7:27

Heb 9:28, “So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”

Paul also recognized this Day and Seat of our Lord.

1 Tim 4:8, “In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

So, the exhortation is: to abide (walk) in the light of Jesus Christ, glorifying Him in your body, so that you will have the opportunity to glorify Him for all of eternity, confidence at His appearing…

Phil 1:20-21, “According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

You already have these crowns deposited in escrow for you in eternity past by God the Father. These crowns are not distributed unless you execute the Plan of God. There are people who can distract you from Bible doctrine, and so keep you from receiving these crowns.

And as John states in 2 John 8 and Rev 3:11:

2 John 8, “Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.”

Rev 3:11, “I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”

 

 

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