The New Commandment

Keep the Faith, Part 4, 1 John 2:7-14

John clearly communicates to us proofs that we know Christ; that we walk in the light by obeying His commands.  This messages focuses on what the command is and how we are to apply it as we continue to mature in our faith.

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Keep the Faith Part 4

The New Commandment – 1st John 2:7-14

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Jan. 24th, 2016

 

Intro:

  • Last week John described the position that only Christ has, that Christ is our counsel, Christ is our covering, Christ is our commander . . . we can know that we know Him by keeping “his commandments” So what is “His commandments” and how are we to apply them in our lives?
  • In the passage we are looking at today, John tells us what the command is and how it is to be lived out in our lives. And he also gives us a gauge to measure our spiritual maturity . . .

 

The new is old

 

1 John 2:7-8 ESV

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.

 

  • Beloved – again addressing us as people that he loves
  • The new commandment is a reinstatement and reaffirmation of an old command – “the word that you have heard”. – Deut. 6 / Exodus 20 / others . . .
  • And at the same time the old command is a new commandment – which Christ taught and lived and that we are also to teach and to live . . .
    • John 13:33-35 ESV

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

  • Because the darkness is passing away . . . passing away is a process phrase . . . those in darkness have seen a great light . . . Christ is the “true light” . . . and when this light shines the darkness flees . . . this is to be lived and shared . . .

 

The light is love

 

1 John 2:9-11 ESV

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

 

  • More proofs of connection and salvation . . .
    • Whoever says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is still in darkness . . .
    • “Hate” – to detest, persecute, intentionally make miserable . . . hate is the absence of the deeds of love.
    • Whoever loves his brother abides in light . . .
      • of living in love . . .

The darkness is dangerous

1 John 2:9-11 ESV

Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

 

  • Without love there is hate, and hate for other causes
    • Stumbling – whoever love his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling
      • Duel meaning – that we would stumble and cause others to stumble
        • of stumbling – out of control – destroy what we are carrying, make a mess, hurt ourselves, cause damage
        • Cause others to stumble – if that is how a “Christian” acts – Nonbelievers – I don’t want to become a Christian or give permission for believers to act the same way.
      • Wandering – but whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going
        • Loss of time and distance, loss of energy and effort, loss of direction and destination . . .
      • Blindness – the darkness (hate) has blinded his eyes
        • of blindness – you can’t see things for what they are and easy tasks become difficult

 

The relationship is maturing

 

  • Don’t think of this passage in terms of age but in terms of maturity in our relationship with the Lord.

 

1 John 2:12-14

I am writing to you, little children,

because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

13 I am writing to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men,

because you have overcome the evil one.

 

I have written to you, children,

because you know the Father.

14 I have written to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I have written to you, young men,

because you are strong,

and the word of God abides in you,

and you have overcome the evil one.

 

  • I am writing to you (now in this letter) and I have written to you (in the past) – with 4 different groups in mind with four different stages of maturity. Each stage has a distinct characteristic and each stage will benefit from the writing differently.
    • Side note – you can evaluate your spiritual maturity along these lines as well
  • First group – Little Children
    • I write because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake (12)
      • This is where we all start – with the forgiveness of sins -we are “born again”
      • And this is for “his name sake” not for ours . . .
      • and just because we have matured beyond one does not mean that we don’t possess that characteristic as well)
    • Second group – Children
      • I have written because you know the Father (13c)
        • You have gained an understanding of who the Father is . . .
      • Third group – Young Men
        • I write because you have overcome the evil one (13b)
        • I have written because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (14b)
          • Overcome the tempter by resisting temptation – become strong because the word of God abides in you . . .
        • Fourth group – Fathers
          • I write because you know him who is from the beginning (13a)
          • I have written because you know him who is from the beginning (14a)
            • This is knowing the Father through Jesus
              • of knowing about and walking in (experience – provision, companionship, perseverance, etc.)
              • James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

 

Conclusion

  • Evaluate your life and your relationships – are you walking in love – where are you walking in darkness? Repent (turn and change in thoughts and actions) and walk in the light with everyone
  • Continue in progressing in Maturity in becoming strong in the word and persevering