a. He that saith . iii. It is men's own evil will that chooses the way to hell; it is God's free and sovereign grace that draws any to Himself and to heaven. These things I have written: John knew there was deception among these early Christians, and it concerned him. hath--namely, in his abiding possession as his "portion"; by living personal "fellowship." lust of the eyes--the avenue through which outward things of the world, riches, pomp, and beauty, inflame us. 26. Compare Luke 7:47 Luke 7:50 : Her much love evinced that her sins were already forgiven; not, were the condition of her sins being forgiven. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. To God the latter shall ascribe wholly their salvation from first to last: the former shall reproach themselves alone, and not God's decree, with their condemnation ( 1 John 3:9 , 5:18 ). Antichrists ( 1 John 2:18 ), namely, the chrism (so the Greek: a play upon similar sounds), or "anointing unguent," namely, the Holy Spirit (more plainly mentioned further on, as in John's style, 1 John 3:24 , 4:13 , 5:6 ), which they ("ye" is emphatical in contrast to those apostates, 1 John 2:19 ) have "from the Holy One, Christ" ( John 1:33 , 3:34 , 15:26 , 16:14 ): "the righteous" ( 1 John 2:1 ), "pure" ( 1 John 3:3 ), "the Holy One" ( Acts 3:14 ) "of God"; Mark 1:24 . So Jesus calls it "new," John 13:34 John 13:35 , "Love one another as I have loved you" (the new motive); John 15:12 . But among those who know Him, some will not be afraid, they will be ashamed before Him at His coming. are there--Greek, "there have begun to be"; there have arisen. It is important for us to carefully consider these matters because it is difficult to measure the distance between “barely saved” and “almost saved.” It is dangerous to contemplate questions such as, “How little can I do and still make it to heaven?” or “How far can I stray from the Shepherd and still be part of the flock?” Instead we should be diligent to not be ashamed before Him at His coming. By the lust of the eyes David ( 2 Samuel 11:2 ) and Achan fell ( Joshua 7:21 ). We often itch for something “new” and “exciting” even if it departs from that which you heard from the beginning. The force of the phrase kaiV nu'n (kai nun, “but n… f. They went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us: A healthy church can purge itself of poisons; the compromising and false Christian will not feel comfortable setting down roots in a healthy church – he will either get right with God or leave. There are three precious claims for each Christian in this chapter. Commentaries. hereby--in our progressing towards this ideal of perfected love and obedience. When the New Testament speaks of anointing, it speaks of it as the common property of all believers. The sense therefore is, "in that He is righteous"; in contrast to our sin ("if any man sin"). Little children--same Greek as 1 John 2:13 ; children in age. all things--essential to salvation; the point under discussion. Ch. 28. little children--Greek, "little sons," as in 1 John 2:12 ; believers of every stage and age. promised--( John 3:15 John 3:36 , John 6:40 John 6:47 John 6:57 , John 17:2 John 17:3 ). . ii. 11. is in darkness . These words ought not to be in italics, as though they were not in the original: for the oldest Greek manuscripts have them. Warns them of deceivers (v. 7), and to take heed to themselves (v. 8). Because John used “we” instead of “you,” we know that he needed this confidence also. "I have written to you, young men," 1 John 2:14-17. "Even as He walked" when on earth, especially in respect to love. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . he--that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 1 John 2, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a … The Spirit poured on Christ, the Head, is by Him diffused through all the members. passeth away--Greek, "is passing away" even now. We can have no share in Him as Jesus, except we become truly Christians, and so be in Him as Christ, anointed with that unction from the Holy One. 1. John has in mind Jesus' words, John 11:9 John 11:10 . John uses the singular of him. I prefer, as BENGEL, to explain, The new commandment finds its truth in its practical realization in the walk of Christians in union with Christ. If ye know . As we walk in the simplicity and power of that message, we will not be led astray. he--Greek, "Himself," Christ, "the Son" (compare 1 John 1:1 ). ii. 8. a new commandment--It was "old," in that Christians as such had heard it from the first; but "new" (Greek, "kaine," not "nea": new and different from the old legal precept) in that it was first clearly promulgated with Christianity; though the inner spirit of the law was love even to enemies, yet it was enveloped in some bitter precepts which caused it to be temporarily almost unrecognized, till the Gospel came. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. 2 John 1 Chapter 1 The apostle here salutes an honourable matron and her children (v. 1-3). darkness is past--rather, as in 1 John 2:17 , "is passing away." And he--Greek, "And Himself." keep--John's favorite word, instead of "do," literally, "watch," "guard," and "keep safe" as a precious thing; observing so as to keep. He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. ◄ 1 John 1:2 ► And this is the life that was revealed; we have seen it and testified to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us. In contrast to the three passing lusts of the world, the doer of God's will has three abiding goods, "riches, honor, and life" ( Proverbs 22:4 ). . I don’t need any of this. He is righteous, so those who are born of Him also practice righteousness. 16. all that is in the world--can be classed under one or other of the three; the world contains these and no more. c. Abide in Him: This is the way to be confident when Jesus comes. the same anointing--which ye once for all received, and which now still abides in you. i. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. Resources. THE ADVOCACY OF CHRIST IS OUR ANTIDOTE TO SIN WHILE WALKING IN THE LIGHT; FOR TO KNOW GOD, WE MUST KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND LOVE THE BRETHREN, AND NOT LOVE THE WORLD, NOR GIVE HEED TO ANTICHRISTS, AGAINST WHOM OUR SAFETY IS THROUGH THE INWARD ANOINTING OF GOD TO ABIDE IN GOD: SO AT CHRIST'S COMING WE SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED. “You must be in a living, loving, lasting union with the Son of God, or else you are not in a state of salvation.” (Spurgeon). appear--Greek, "be manifested." “As oil was used among the Asiatics for the inauguration of persons in important offices, and this oil was acknowledged to be an emblem of the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit, without which the duties of those offices could not be discharged; so it is put here for the Spirit himself, who presided in the Church, and from which all gifts and graces flowed.” (Clarke). If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. . Not merely repeating the proposition, 1 John 2:3 , or asserting the merely opposite alternative to 1 John 2:4 , but expanding the "know Him" of 1 John 2:3 , into "in Him, verily (not as a matter of vain boasting) is the love of (that is towards) God perfected," and "we are in Him." The Apostle John begins with the purpose of writing this letter by stating, “I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. (Read John 2:23-25) Our Lord knew all men, their nature, dispositions, affections, designs, so as we do not know any man, not even ourselves. This is because we have intimately known Him, and therefore we can have confidence at His coming. their baptism; and therefore the aorist should be retained. All these developments should make us understand that the Antichrist is ready to be revealed when the moment is right. Warnings Against Unfaithfulness "In the world, but not of it"--this is a phrase commonly used to characterize the Christian's relationship to the world. love of--that is, towards "the Father." c. You do not need that anyone teach you: Just as he stated in 1 John 2:20 (you know all things), John tells us again that the anointing we receive from God guides us into truth. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me (John 12:44-45). Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. In 1 John 2:12-17 John addresses his readers with words of reassurance.216 In 1 John 2:18-27 there are strong warnings concerning the secessionist opponents. iv. 6. abideth--implying a condition lasting, without intermission, and without end. . The youth, stung by conscience and the remembrance of former years, fled away from the venerable apostle. The new commandment (see John 13:34) isthat believerslove one another. 1 John 2:1-17 New International Version (NIV). Every human being, made in the image of God, is immortal, in the sense that our souls will live forever, either in heaven or in hell. It is His righteousness, or obedience to the law, and endurance of its full penalty for us, on which He grounds His claim for our acquittal. none occasion of stumbling--In contrast to, "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." Christianity first put love to brethren on the new and highest MOTIVE, instinctive love to Him who first loved us, constraining us to love all, even enemies, thereby walking in the steps of Him who loved us when enemies. 1 John 2:1-2 Christ our Advocate. b. The idea of living in Jesus is so important in the Bible. Not faultless conformity, but hearty acceptance of, and willing subjection to, God's whole revealed will, is meant. e. They went out from us: This shows that many of these antichrists at one time or another identified themselves with Christian communities. The young men, appropriately to theirs, by activity in conflict. Love is the grand feature and principle of "righteousness" selected for discussion, 1 John 2:29-3:3'. Resources. It is of his own will that each is either an Antichrist, or in Christ" [AUGUSTINE]. There is a gradation: 1 John 2:3 , "know Him"; 1 John 2:5 , "we are in Him"; 1 John 2:6 , "abideth in Him"; respectively, knowledge, fellowship, abiding constancy. The context makes it clear that to affirm that Jesus is the Christ has to do with more than just saying, “He is the Messiah.” It has to do with understanding the relationship between Jesus and God the Father: He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. You have one name for Him and I have another. have I written--resumed from 1 John 2:21 and 1 John 2:14 . When he uses "I write," he speaks from his own point of view. Wherefore, as R. V., And as for you, the anointing which ye received. Therefore: In light of the danger of the spirit of antichrist, we protect ourselves against the spirit of antichrist by abiding in the original, core Christian message (that which you heard from the beginning). The Greek is susceptible of ALFORD'S translation, "Because ye know it, and because no lie is of the truth" (literally, "every lie is excluded from being of the truth"). But--Greek, "And." Greek, "Every one who denieth the Son, hath not the Father either" ( 1 John 4:2 1 John 4:3 ): "inasmuch as God hath given Himself to us wholly to be enjoyed in Christ" [CALVIN]. The use of \"we\" immediately afterwards implies that we all are liable to this, though not ne… I can follow God my own way!” They leave; not just a church, but they leave any kind of church. We would already be abiding in Him. . There are many people who seem rather spiritual or religious, yet reject Jesus Christ. Humans, by nature, are almost always attracted to something just because it is new. Though He can say nothing good of us, He can say much for us. Our Advocate does not plead that we are innocent or adduce extenuating circumstances. whither--Greek, "where"; including not only the destination to which, but the way whereby. In 1 John 1:8, the grammar indicates John is speaking about occasional acts of sin. i. John wasn’t talking about someone who leaves one church to begin attending another good church. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? “Perhaps most visible-church members are also members of the invisible church, the mystical body of Christ, but some are not. Structure. righteous--As our "advocate," Christ is not a mere suppliant petitioner. He pleads for us on the ground of justice, or righteousness, as well as mercy. i. 4.2; EUSEBIUS, Ecclesiastical History, 3.20; CHRYSOSTOM, First Exhortation to Theodore, 11]. The Father, by raising Him from the dead, and setting Him at His own right, has once for all accepted Christ's claim for us. No other New Testament writer uses the term. which thing is true in him and in you--"In Christ all things are always true, and were so from the beginning; but in Christ and in us conjointly the commandment [the love of brethren] is then true when we acknowledge the truth which is in Him, and have the same flourishing in us" [BENGEL]. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. "Antichrist cannot endanger you ( 1 John 2:18 ), nor Satan tear from you the word of God." Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. are forgiven--"have been, and are forgiven you": ALL God's sons and daughters alike enjoy this privilege. 1 John 2, Adam Clarke Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. Such occasions test who are, and who are not, the Lord's people. After the fathers and young men were gone, "the last time" with its "many Antichrists" was about to come suddenly on the children. 1 John 2 – Hindrances to Fellowship with God A. Fellowship and the problem of sin. Ephesians 2:19-22 and 1 Peter 2:5 both connect the idea of the church – metaphorically called the body of Christ – with a temple built upon and built by Jesus Christ. 19. out from us--from our Christian communion. John 4:42 , "indeed"; John 6:55 . i. Therefore, while the idea of eternal life has reference to the life beyond this present world, it doesn’t begin when we die. There are those who, for at least a moment, the coming of Jesus will be a moment of disappointment rather than glory. It describes the kind of life that God, the Eternal One, has in Himself. He probably answers to "the little horn having the eyes of a man, and speaking great things" ( Daniel 7:8 Daniel 7:20 ); "the man of sin, son of perdition" ( 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ); "the beast ascending out of the bottomless pit" ( Revelation 11:7 , 17:8 ), or rather, "the false prophet," the same as "the second beast coming up out of the earth" ( Revelation 13:11-18 , 16:13 ). 1 John 2:3, ESV: "And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments." his word--His word is one His "commandments," which are many ( 1 John 2:3 ). He acknowledges our guilt and presents His vicarious work as the ground of our acquittal. Two classes, "fathers" and "young men," are addressed with the same words each time (except that the address to the young men has an addition expressing the source and means of their victory); but the "little sons" and "little children" are differently addressed. As John never uses pseudo-Christ, or "false Christ," for Antichrist, it is plain he means an adversary of Christ, claiming to himself what belongs to Christ, and wishing to substitute himself for Christ as the supreme object of worship. The Antichristian principle appeared then, as now, in evil men and evil teachings and writings; but still "THE Antichrist" means a hostile person, even as "THE Christ" is a personal Saviour. 1 John 2:2. If they were, then the common ground of trust in Jesus would be greater than any other difficulty they might be having with other Christians. What value should we put upon gospel truth! Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. As in 1 John, in the midst of the ongoing conflict with the secessionist opponents, the necessity for genuine Christians to show love for fellow believers in obedience to the commandment to love one another is a matter of urgency for the author. Encouragement to the Faithful. But the one Scriptural prescription for preparing for his coming is this, ‘Abide in him.’ If you abide in the faith of him, holding his truth, following his example, and making him your dwelling-place, your Lord may come at any hour, and you will welcome him.” (Spurgeon). "There is no incongruity that a father should be offended with that son whom he loveth, and at that time offended with him when he loveth him" [BISHOP PEARSON]. 1 John 2:1-29 . shall come--Greek, "cometh," namely, out of his own place. i. 1,2. He had a passion to keep them consistent with God’s message of truth. namely, guilty of the lie just mentioned ( 1 John 2:21 ). ii. The righteous produceth the righteous. 1 John » Chapter 2 » exegesis. i. The Apostle is still treating of the condition and conduct of the believer as determined by his walking in the light; there is … no lie--as Antichristian teaching. "Where love is not, there hatred is; for the heart cannot remain a void" [BENGEL]. Fellowship with themselves is at least fellowship with someone as spiritual as they are! seduce you--that is, are trying to seduce or lead you into error. of [BENGEL]. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. v. The sobering truth is that many of those who offer a false or opposing Jesus came from the true body of Christians. But when it comes to truth, new is not better. "The righteousness of Christ stands on our side; for God's righteousness is, in Jesus Christ, ours" [LUTHER]. . that Jesus is the Christ--the grand central truth. that they were not all of us--This translation would imply that some of the Antichrists are of us! The New Testament does not speak of a “special” anointing given to particular individuals. But he did say, “If God’s Word lives in you, God lives in you.” We can come to a living, growing, relationship with God through His Word. Satan tried this temptation on Christ when he showed Him the kingdoms of the world in a moment. d. Everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him: Abiding in Jesus means that we will practice righteousness in our lives because we are born of Him. He who receives Me receives Him who sent Me (John 13:20). YE, therefore, acknowledge the Son, and so shall ye have the Father also ( 1 John 2:23 ). Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. 18. In some worship services, the congregation repeats the words of one of the creeds or confes sions of the church on a regular basis. John has already told us in 1 John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. In Romans 3:25 , Greek, it is "propitiatory," that is, the mercy seat, or lid of the ark whereon God, represented by the Shekinah glory above it, met His people, represented by the high priest who sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice on it. in the light--as his proper element. even until now--notwithstanding that "the true light already has begun to shine" ( 1 John 2:8 ). Do you abide in Him? Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. The structure of John 2:1-11 is typical of a miracle story: the setting is established (verses 1-2), a need arises (verses 3-5), a miracle addresses that need (verses 6-8), and there is a response to that miracle (verses 9-11). And we have this promise if God’s truth abides in you, and we abide in the Son and in the Father. In order to "walk in the light" ( 1 John 1:5 1 John 1:7 ), the first step is confession of sin ( 1 John 1:9 ), the next ( 1 John 2:1 ) is that we should forsake all sin. 14. young men . This term "overcome" is peculiarly John's, adopted from his loved Lord. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. You can also change some of your preferences. John never uses "the law" to express the rule of Christian obedience: he uses it as the Mosaic law. Obedience to God by Imitation of Christ 1–6. This shows us just how strong a personality cult can be when the government gets behind it wholeheartedly. Contrast the mere physical strength of young men, Isaiah 40:30 Isaiah 40:31 . 1 John 2 - IVP New Testament Commentaries . Paul expressed this idea in his prayer for the Ephesians in Ephesians 3:17: that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Satan tried this temptation on Christ in setting Him on the temple pinnacle that, in spiritual pride and presumption, on the ground of His Father's care, He should cast Himself down. We are just talking about different roads to the same God because we all have the same God.” Here is the question to ask in response: “Was your God perfectly revealed in Jesus Christ?” If your God was, then you have the same God. It was an idiom to put the past tense, regarding the time from the reader's point of view; when he should receive the Epistle the writing would be past. Usually these folks think that when one “catches” the anointing, you can tell because they begin acting strangely. In this kind of life, the promise of eternal life is real. For "were" some of the oldest manuscripts read "are." i. In proportion as we love God, in that same proportion we know Him, and vice versa, until our love and knowledge shall attain their full maturity of perfection. Tokens whereby to discern grace are frequently given in this Epistle. He denies the Son, not merely, like the pope, acts in the name of the Son, 2 Thessalonians 2:4 , "Who opposeth himself (Greek, "ANTI-keimenos") [to] all that is called God," decides this. . … overcome--The fathers, appropriately to their age, are characterized by knowledge. 2. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. A man might deny in general that he loved the world, while keenly following some one of THE THINGS IN IT: its riches, honors, or pleasures; this clause prevents him escaping from conviction. We almost always think of new as better. Again, John’s message is simple. All Christians have the presence of God’s Spirit within them. We have the promise of eternal life as we abide. ii. Yet this leader is coming. The same three foes appear in the three classes of soil on which the divine seed falls: the wayside hearers, the devil; the thorns, the world; the rocky undersoil, the flesh ( Matthew 13:18-23 , 4:3-8 ). We can imagine the scene. For right (a straight line) is the index of itself and of what is crooked [ESTIUS]. . We are never said to be born again of Christ, but of God, with whom Christ is one. iii. Full of love the aged father ran after him, called on him to take courage, and announced to him forgiveness of his sins in the name of Christ. So Christ Himself. The error of Pelagians is to conclude that doing righteousness is a condition of becoming a child of God" [ALFORD most truly]. This spirit of antichrist will one day find its ultimate fulfillment in the Antichrist, who will lead humanity in … He who hates his brother, is both a stumbling-block to himself, and stumbles against himself and everything within and without; he who loves has an unimpeded path" [BENGEL]. The very title "brother" is a reason why love should be exercised. The grammar of 1 John 3:6 indicates that John is speaking of a settled, continued lifestyle of sin. 13, 14. "I have written to you, little children," 1 John 2:18-27. But if someone wants to really live in God, John tells us how: let the message of the apostles (which you heard from the beginning) live in you. ye--in the Greek standing emphatically at the beginning of the sentence. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. Still God's actings in eternal election harmonize in a way inexplicable to us, with man's free agency and responsibility. your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake," the universal first privilege of all those really-dear sons of God. when--literally, "if"; the uncertainty is not as to the fact, but the time. In the Apocalypse (written, therefore, BENGEL thinks, subsequently), Christ's coming is represented as put off to a greater distance. i. iii. This idea of anointing – literally, to be blessed with oil – was said to be the reason behind one of the punishments given to John in persecution. In order to overcome the world on the ground, and in the strength, of the blood of the Saviour, we must be willing, like Christ, to part with whatever of the world belongs to us: whence immediately after "ye have overcome the wicked one (the prince of the world)," it is added, "Love not the world, neither the things . 1 John 2:3, NASB: "By this we know that we have come to know Him, if … But--Greek, "And you (contrasting the believing readers with the seducers; the words 'and you' stand prominent, the construction of the sentence following being altered, and no verb agreeing with 'and you' until 'need not') . iii. ought--so that his deeds may be consistent with his words. "Thou, too, art part of the world, so that thine heart cannot deceive itself and think, The Lord died for Peter and Paul, but not for me" [LUTHER]. Test the *spirits to see if they are true (1 John 4:1-6) v1 My friends, do not believe every *spirit. 21. but because ye know it, and that, &c.--Ye not only know what is the truth (concerning the Son and the Father, 1 John 2:13 ), but also are able to detect a lie as a thing opposed to the truth. Because of the anointing of the Holy Spirit given to all believers, they possess the resources for knowing the truth. abideth in you--He tacitly thus admonishes them to say, when tempted by seducers, "The anointing abideth in us; we do not need a teacher [for we have the Holy Spirit as our teacher, Jeremiah 31:34 , John 6:45 , 16:13 ]; it teaches us the truth; in that teaching we will abide" [BENGEL]. hath blinded--rather, as Greek aorist, "blinded" of old. He knows his crafty enemies, and all their secret projects; his false friends, and their true characters. And you know all things: Because of the anointing of the Holy Spirit given to all believers, they possess the resources for knowing the truth. ashamed before him--literally, "from Him"; shrink back from Him ashamed. iii. "It is herein," and herein only, that we know (present tense) that we have knowledge of (perfect tense, once-for-all obtained and continuing knowledge of) Him" ( 1 John 2:4 1 John 2:13 1 John 2:14 ). John 2, William Barclay's Daily Study Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, as set of 17 volumes on the New Testament, … There is no mean between light and darkness, love and hatred, life and death, God and the world: wherever spiritual life is, however weak, there darkness and death no longer reign, and love supplants hatred; and Luke 9:50 holds good: wherever life is not, there death, darkness, the flesh, the world, and hatred, however glossed over and hidden from man's observation, prevail; and Luke 11:23 holds good. Let that--truth respecting the Father and the Son, regarded as a seed not merely dropped in, but having taken root ( 1 John 3:9 ). Christ's advocacy is inseparable from the Holy Spirit's comfort and working in us, as the spirit of intercessory prayer. One must beware of those who seem to be so “spiritual” that they can’t get along in any church. We must give ourselves both mentally and spiritually to living in Jesus. strong--made so out of natural weakness, hence enabled to overcome "the strong man armed" through Him that is "stronger." Youth is especially liable to fleshly lusts. him that is from the beginning--Christ: "that which was from the beginning." We can fairly say that this person does not appear to be a Christian, and their appearance demonstrates that they never really were a Christian. . National leaders speak of a new world order, but no one has been able to really define it, much less lead it. 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For each Christian in this Chapter that environment now in writing this letter: to you.