God’s Word of Love
1 John 2:1-17: Knowledge of God comes from obeying God’s commands. The “world” in this passage pertains to the realm of evil, which is temporary, whereas eternal life is promised to those who do the will of God.
Christ Our Helper
1I am writing this to you, my children, so that you will not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have someone who pleads with the Father on our behalf—Jesus Christ, the righteous one. 2And Christ himself is the means by which our sins are forgiven, and not our sins only, but also the sins of everyone.
3If we obey God’s commands, then we are sure that we know him. 4If we say that we know him, but do not obey his commands, we are liars and there is no truth in us. 5But if we obey his word, we are the ones whose love for God has really been made perfect. This is how we can be sure that we are in union with God: 6if we say that we remain in union with God, we should live just as Jesus Christ did.
The New Command
7 My dear friends, this command I am writing you is not new; it is the old command, the one you have had from the very beginning. The old command is the message you have already heard. 8However, the command I now write you is new, because its truth is seen in Christ and also in you. For the darkness is passing away, and the real light is already shining.
9If we say that we are in the light, yet hate others, we are in the darkness to this very hour. 10If we love others, we live in the light, and so there is nothing in us that will cause someone else to sin. 11But if we hate others, we are in the darkness; we walk in it and do not know where we are going, because the darkness has made us blind.
12I write to you, my children, because your sins are forgiven for the sake of Christ. 13I write to you, fathers, because you know him who has existed from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you have defeated the Evil One.
14I write to you, my children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who has existed from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you are strong; the word of God lives in you, and you have defeated the Evil One.
15Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you do not love the Father. 16Everything that belongs to the world—what the sinful self desires, what people see and want, and everything in this world that people are so proud of—none of this comes from the Father; it all comes from the world. 17The world and everything in it that people desire is passing away; but those who do the will of God live forever.
Today’s Key Verse: 1 John 2:10
If we love others, we live in the light, and so there is nothing in us that will cause someone else to sin.
What does it mean to you that Jesus pleads with the Father on your behalf? Reread verses 9-11. What does it mean to be in the darkness? What does it mean to live in the light? In verses 12-14, Christians of various levels of maturity are being addressed. What are they being told? Are there people who need to hear this message today?
Lord Jesus, you are the Righteous One who pleads on my behalf. You are the means by which my sins are forgiven. Help me to stay in union with God and to follow God’s commands. Amen.
1 John 2:18-29: Children of God do what is right.