[CF Devotionals] 2012-04-15 - John's Warning

The Epistles of John ~ Part 28 ~ 1 John 2

  1. Cont'd

    Verse 14: Here John reinforces the truths that should be the foundation on which the believers could stand firm under the attack of the false teachers. Again, they have experienced the reality of God in their lives, and stood for him against Satan. In dependency on God, they can once again stand firm, in this case against doctrinal attacks.

  2. From John: I Warn You

    Verses 15-17: What does it mean to love the things of the world? Why does John switch his comments from the believer's walk, to comments regarding love of the world? Loving the world isn't the pattern of the believer. Loving the world typifies the life of the unbeliever. John may also be saying the views put forth by the false teachers are actually calls to love the world, in disguise.

    We need to be clear on what John means by world. In the book of John he states, "God so loved the world…" Here John is expressing God's love for all people, and His willingness to die for them. But the world John is warning against in these verses is the worldly system, the system that Satan rules. Jesus identifies Satan as this world's ruler, when He said:

    "I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me" (John 14:30).

    We are to reach out to the people who are part of the system, but we are not to become entangled with it. It is this world that hates the believer.

    "Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you" (1 John 3:13).

    When John warns against loving the world, he is cautioning us against being motivated by worldly things. There is nothing wrong with appreciating things in the world that have worth, but the motivator of our walk is to be our love of God and the desire to please Him.

    To be continued.

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