1 John 2:1-11 the Test of Knowing Christ

by | May 6, 2024 | Epistles of John, Bible Studies | 0 comments

Speaker: Daniel Deininger
Date: May 1, 2024

Summary

Advocacy and Righteousness
In 1 John 2:1-2, the Apostle John addresses believers, calling them “little children.” He emphasizes that his purpose in writing is to encourage them not to sin. However, he reassures them that if they do sin, they have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the righteous one. Jesus is not only their advocate but also the propitiation for their sins, and not just for theirs, but for the sins of the whole world.

Keeping God’s Commandments
John then shifts focus in verses 3-6, stating that the way to know if someone truly knows Jesus is if they keep His commandments. If someone claims to know Jesus but doesn’t keep His commandments, they are a liar, and the truth is not in them. On the other hand, those who do keep His word show that God’s love is perfected in them. This leads to the assertion that anyone who claims to abide in Jesus must walk as He walked.

The New Commandment and Love for One Another
In verses 7-11, John brings up the concept of a “new commandment.” This commandment is both new and old—it’s new because it reflects the love and light brought by Jesus, and it’s old because it has been part of the faith from the beginning. The central point here is that those who claim to be in the light but hate their brothers or sisters are still in darkness. But those who love their brothers and sisters abide in the light, and there’s nothing in them to cause stumbling. Conversely, those who hate others are in darkness and do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Overall, this passage underscores the connection between knowing Christ and obeying His commandments, particularly the commandment to love one another. It emphasizes that genuine faith is demonstrated through obedience and love.

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