Sunday, October 19, 2014

Deeper, Part 5 (1 John 2:15-17) Questions for Reflection

Dig Deeper

In 1 John 2:12-14 John uses three common life-stages, children, young men, and fathers, to demonstrate spiritual growth from new convert to maturity. Of the young John declares, “you have overcome the evil one” (1 John 2:13, 14b). Here John introduces one of his favorite themes, the Christian’s certainty of victory. Bible scholar F.F. Bruce explains, “Of the 28 occurrences of the verb nikan (“to overcome”) in the New Testament, 24 are in John’s writings… Thus the victory motif is peculiarly Johannine.”[1]

What insights about the Christian’s victory through Christ are gleaned from the following Scriptures?

John 16:33--

1 John 2:13-14; 4:4; and 4:4-5--

Revelation 3:5, 12, 21; 12:11; 15:2-3; and 21:7--

How is victory a motivation for pursuing a deeper walk with Christ? 1 John 2:14


What life-stage best represents your present relationship with God-- child (new-convert), youth, or father? What challenges to growth are revealed in the following Scriptures?

Children-- 1 Peter 2:2; 1 John 2:1, 12, 28--

Youth-- Romans 12:9-11; Titus 2:6-8; 1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 4:5; and Hebrews 5:12

Fathers-- 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 2:1-5;

Memorize This

1 John 2:1-2 My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the Righteous One. He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. HCSB

[1] F. F. Bruce The Epistles of John. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986

Monday, October 13, 2014

Unfailing Love

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1 John 2:7 & 10, "Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning... Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble." (NIV)

Evidence for our confidence in Christ, "And hereby we do know that we know Him..." (1 John 2:3a, KJV) is our love for one another.Yesterday we used this story of Clara Gantt’s sixty-three year wait for her husband, Sgt. First Class Joseph Gantt who went MIA in the Korean War in 1950. Last December his remains were finally brought home for a military funeral with full honors. The first word used to describe agape love in 1 Corinthians 13:4 is patient. This is the kind of unconditional unfailing love we receive from God through Christ and the love we’ll have for each other when we “live as Jesus did” (1 John 2:6). Read the full news report here.

This past Memorial Day Sgt. First Class Joseph Gantt was  posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor by President Obama. Clara was on hand and honored by the President and crowd. Read more here.