• Our Righteous Advocate

    1 John 2:1–2

    Even now, Jesus is pleading with the Father in our behalf, interceding for us that we might be forgiven, purified, and strengthened for holiness. To be sure, we work out our salvation in fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12–13 ...Read More

  • The Christian’s Anointing

    1 John 2:27

    Christ is the perfect Prophet, Priest, and King, but in His grace He allows His people to serve in prophetic, priestly, and kingly roles as well. We are not saved to remain sedentary but to proclaim God’s Word, devote ...Read More

  • Securing Our Faith, II

    1 John 2:1–2

    One of the lessons we can learn from those who use passages like 1 Timothy 2:4 and 1 John 2:1–2 to deny particular redemption is the need to study passages in their context. If these texts are ...Read More

  • Abide in Him

    1 John 2:28–29

    Verse 28 tells us that we will not be ashamed at the second coming if we abide in Christ. While our own efforts are not what get us into the kingdom, they do reflect that we have been born of ...Read More

  • His Annointing

    1 John 2:26–27

    The apostle Paul tells us that there are many varieties of gifts but one Spirit (1 Cor. 12:4). While the Holy Spirit dwells in all Christians, His various gifts show that He does not manifest Himself the same way ...Read More

  • From the Beginning

    1 John 2:24–25

    As Christians we must ever be aware of the old, fleshly nature that is always trying to draw us away from life in the Spirit. One of the ways this happens is through doubts about Jesus and the authority of ...Read More

  • The Liar and Antichrist

    1 John 2:22–23

    One cannot truly acknowledge Jesus as the “Christ” unless this title is defined biblically. In our day, many continue to sing praises to the Christ but deny essential truths about His person and work, including His deity and the necessity ...Read More

  • You Know the Truth

    1 John 2:20–21

    Today’s passage shows us the connection between knowing the truth and being anointed by the Holy Spirit. Anyone who knows, trusts, and practices basic Christian truths belongs to Christ and possesses the Holy Spirit. Like the original audience, the ...Read More

  • They Went Out From Us

    1 John 2:18–19

    Though verse 19 refers to the false teachers who left John’s audience, all those who permanently abandon the biblical Christ exhibit solidarity with false teaching and thus display that they also never had true faith. True believers will not ...Read More

  • Passing Away

    1 John 2:17

    The decay we see around us every day bears witness that this world will not last forever. Indeed, the new age that began with the coming of Christ will one day be consummated in a new heavens and a new ...Read More

  • The Love of the World

    1 John 2:15–16

    Evangelical Christians are often quick to protest rampant immorality, and rightly so. However, sometimes it is easy for us to become overly eager to possess certain things and make wealth an idol. While we must not consider buying and selling ...Read More

  • Christian Maturity

    1 John 2:12–14

    The qualities mentioned in today’s passage are qualities for which all Christians should strive, and each of them contributes to the believer’s assurance. As we engage in the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, worship, stewardship, service, and ...Read More

  • Love Your Brothers

    1 John 2:9–11

    When we are honest with ourselves, some Christians are easier to love than others. We all find certain people less offensive than others, and as a result, we will gravitate toward those we consider lovable. But Christ does not call ...Read More

  • No New Commandment

    1 John 2:7–8

    The emphasis on love in 1 John is the love that we must have for other believers. However, while the needs of John’s audience required him to focus on love for other Christians, we would be mistaken if we ...Read More

  • His Commandments

    1 John 2:3–6

    Some in church history have advocated perfectionism based partly on verse 5 of today’s passage. 1 John 1:8 makes it clear that this cannot be the case, thus, we must scrutinize our lives to see if we are ...Read More