WEEK 45— RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
“To have Faith in Christ means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him.”
1 John 2 continues with the motif introduced in the first chapter of the book: God is light. We are told that if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sins (1 John 1:7). Chapter 2 picks up talking about how Jesus is the propitiation or “atoning sacrifice” (NIV) for our sins and how He is our Advocate or legal defender. In other words, He made a way so that we could have a relationship with Him. The rest of this scripture describes what we should do to keep this relationship. We must keep His commandments, reject the things of the world and beware of antichrists or false teachers. When we receive the Holy Spirit, God empowers us to be able to keep his commandments and live for Him. After all Jesus has done for us, it’s the least we can do!
1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.
1 John 2
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But 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. 12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the
world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
Thank you Jesus that you chose to become the perfect sacrifice for my sins! Because of this display of love for me I am able to have a relationship with You. Help me to be the best that I can be and continuously build my relationship with You. Guide me in Your Word and give me the strength to reject the things of this world. Let me also be wise so as to not be fooled by the false prophets or teachings of this day.
THOUGHTS…INSIGHT…What is the Lord saying to me?
1. How do we know that we are “in Him” according to verses 3-5?
2. Verses 9-11 contrast someone who is in darkness and someone who abides in the light.
What is the major difference between the two? What advantage does the man who abides in the light have? What is the disadvantage of walking in darkness?
3. In verses 12-14, John addresses three groups of people: the little children, young men and fathers. The way he addresses the different groups shows a distinction in each group’s spiritual maturity. What did he say to each group and why do you think he said this?
4. Read Matthew 6:24. How does 1 John 2:15 relate to this?
5. Complete the following statement: If any man love the world, _____________. According to verses 16 and 17, why is this statement true?
6. Verse 16 says that all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life… Give a modern example of each of these things that are of the world.
7. Is it possible to deny Jesus Christ but still have a relationship with the Father? Why not?
8. How can we as Christians deny Jesus Christ today? Give several examples.
9. Based on 1 John 2, what does it take to have a good relationship with God?
10. What can you do personally to apply this Scripture to your everyday life?