Epistle of First John Chapter Two.
The apostle John begins chapter two with a noticeable concern for his readers and their spiritual well being in the midst of storms through life. As he realizes that fellowship with Jesus Christ is fragile and is often under threat from self deception. He stresses that fellowship with Christ is also freedom from erroneous perceptions that originate from worldly and satanic influences.
1. We Have A Present Help - vs.1 ...we have...
Note: The Preeminence of Christ - vs.2a ...And He IS...
Note: The Prominence of Christ ...the propitiation for our sins... also for the sins of the whole world.
a. Christ Prominence Is The Standard of Life - vs.3,5 ...hereby we do know that we know him, IF...
b. Christ Prominence Is The Standard For Living - vs.6,11 ...walk, even as He walked...
See The Walk of Reverence For The Word of God - vs.7,8
See The Walk Of Respect For The Workers of God - vs.9,11
B I B L E
COLLEGE OF THE OPEN BIBLE
WE ARE READY TO HELP
Epistle of First John Chapter Two continued..
1. The Basis of Fellowship - vs.12 ...your sins are forgiven...
2. The Blessing of Fellowship - vs.13,17
Note The Blessing of Showing God Is Different - vs.15
Note The Blessing of Showing God Is Definite - vs.16,17
1. Dangerous Times - vs.18a ...it is the last times
2. Dangerous Crimes - vs.18b ...anti-christ...there are many...
Note: They are false apostles - vs.19
Note: They are apostates - vs.22,23; 26
Note: They deny the true Christ - vs.22,23
Note: They try and deceive Christians - vs.26
1. The Holy Spirit Indwells The Believer - vs.27a ...abideth in you...
2. The Holy Spirit Instructs The Believer - vs.27b ...teacheth you...
3. The Holy Spirit Inspires The Believer - vs.28 ...the confidence.
4. The Holy Spirit Identifies The Believer - vs.29 ...is born of Him.
Ultimately, the Bible is the key to knowing and appreciating the freedom we have in Christ. The Holy Spirit will always exhibit the undiluted sternness of the Word of God. Why? There is no greater necessity for the believer than an unflinching faithfulness to the Word of God. This will inevitably result in the withering of our personal preferences which will result in clarity of God's will in all matters of life... making void the taunting influence of fear.
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger