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1 John 2:12-14  I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake. 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 write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

In the way of a refresher, to this point in this short, simple, and overwhelmingly loving letter, written by the apostle John to the true believers in the several churches under his leadership, John had reminded the believers of the gospel—the good news that there is full joy in fellowship with God and all the saints through faith in the exemplary life, sacrificial death, and vindicating resurrection of Jesus Christ—which he had been taught by Jesus Christ, who, being fully God, came to earth fully man, and dwelt with John and many others teaching and preaching and living this gospel.  Further, he had reminded the true believers that they could know that this joy and fellowship were theirs and that they were in Jesus as they found themselves walking in the light and acknowledging their sin and keeping God's commandments and walking like Jesus and loving the brothers.

In Sunday's passage, John essentially repeats himself using a significantly different style and tone.  Let's pray that God would grant us the joy of seeing the gospel and its encouragement freshly through these few, unique verses in 1 John precisely (as I believe John meant) because of their uniqueness.

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This third test that John is giving to his churches, in order to strengthen them in their faith and in the assurance of their salvation, is a negative test.  Not negative in the sense that it’s a “bad” test, but negative in the sense that he’s showing them the opposite of what is good so that they can be even more assured that what they have is truly good.  

We'll be taking a look at the contrast between love and hate within the context of how we treat each other within the Church.

To prepare for the sermon read all of 1 John again. This book is like a musical symphony with movements and themes that John keeps repeating and doing different things with along the way. Like any good symphony, you'll be cheating yourself out of a richness of understanding and experience if you are only listening to one small part.

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I John 2:7-8  talks about an old commandment and a new commandment. As we come off of three weeks of seeing what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, we will transition into finding out what this commandment is. How can it be old and new at the same time. Why is Joh talking about passing darkness and true light shining in connection with this commandment? We will be looking at these questions on Sunday morning. Come hungry.

Following for Certainty, part 3 | 1 John 2:6

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1 John 2:6  Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

We are on our third and final week of looking at the certainty clause in 1 John 2:5-6.  In this passage John told the true believers in his churches that they could be sure that they were in Christ (that they were saved; that they were Christians; that they had been forgiven of their sins) if, upon examining their lives, they found that they were walking like Jesus walked. That is, walking like Jesus requires a new heart and a renewed mind.  The new heart and renewed mind required to walk like Jesus comes only to those whom God has placed in Christ by grace through faith.  Therefore, if the believers were walking like Christ, it was because God had drawn them to Jesus.  And so it is for us.

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1 John 2:6  Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

Our focus last week, this week, and next week is on answering the specific question, "what does it mean to walk in the same way in which Jesus walked?".  We want the certainty of our salvation and the joy that goes with it and therefore we want to know how Jesus walked so that we can know if we are walking in like fashion.  At Grace Church we've tried to summarize the manner in which Jesus walked in seven qualities: 1) seeing God and his word rightly; 2) worshiping and loving God; 3) recognizing our dependence on God; 4) functioning as the body of Christ; 5) suffering and serving; 6) developing godly character; and 7) loving the people around us.  Last week we looked at the first two of these seven qualities.  This week we're going to look at the next three.