1 JOHN 2

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1 John 2:1-2

JESUS TO THE RESCUE

 

1 John 2:1-2 - My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: [2] And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

GOD'S PLAN - Sin not

 

MAN'S PROBLEM - He does! - And if any man sin…

See 1 John 1:8-10   

 

CHRIST'S PROVISION - He is our advocate and the propitiation for our sins.

 

 

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1 John 2:1-6

THE CONSISTENT WALK

 

OUR ADVOCATE - Vss. 1-2 - HELP FOR GOD'S CHILDREN

OUR ADHERENCE (To God's Word and Christ's example.) - Vss. 3-4,6 -

HONESTY OF GOD'S CHILDREN

OUR ASSURANCE - Vs. 5 - HOPE FOR GOD'S CHILDREN

 

 

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1 JOHN 2:6, JOHN 15:1-8

THE ULTIMATE ROLE MODEL

 

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

It is valuable to have good role models.  It is also valuable to be a good role model.  The Bible is loaded with role models for us to follow.  Of course the ultimate role model is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

To be like Jesus is a great and admirable goal, and it is a Biblical Command. Not only does 1 John 2:6 tell us to be like Jesus, but Jesus told us to be like Jesus! Luke 6:40, 9:23

   

To be like Jesus is a tremendous goal, a wonderful goal, and a Biblical goal.  But we have a problem! 

We can't do it!  Jesus was God in the flesh we are not.  Jesus is sinless, we are not.  Jesus is perfect, we are not. Many a person has tried to be like Jesus and has failed miserably!

Perhaps even you have made a sincere effort to be like in Jesus in one way or in many ways and have found it to be near impossible.

 

I would like to share with you how it is possible for you to obey this verse.

 

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

Please turn to John 15:1-8.

Our goal is to be like the ultimate role model, The Lord Jesus Christ. We want to walk as He walked, as 1 John 2:6 tells us to. This passage gives us an idea of how to do it successfully.

 

THE POWER FOR WALKING AS HE WALKED - Vss. 5, 1

 

Please look at the last phrase in John 15:5

It says, for without me ye can do nothing.

 

The topic in this passage is fruit bearing.  And Jesus is telling his disciples that apart from Him we are totally unable to do anything truly productive. …for without me ye can do nothing.

 

This is of course is true for getting to Heaven. 

Jesus did for you what you couldn't do for yourself: atone for your sins. Faith in his finished work is the only thing that gets us admission to Heaven.

 

Now, not only do you need Jesus to save you, you need Jesus to empower you to walk as he walked.  You couldn't live right before coming to Jesus for forgiveness and you can't live right now unless the Lord Jesus gives you the power to do so.

 

John 15:1 - I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

 

A vine is a living organism.  A vine is rooted in the ground. The vine is the source of life and power for the branches. It is the sap in the vine that gives life and fruit to the branches.

 

Christ is the vine, the source of power for the Christian.

We are not the source of power. We are not vine, we are branches.  Branches only prosper as they abide in the vine.

 

The Apostle Paul knew that Christians need to be aware of just how much power was available for Christians. Ephesians 1:19-23

 

My friend, if Jesus Christ is this powerful, and He is, we have all the power that we need to walk as He walked.  That power is found in the vine!

 

THE PRUNING FOR WALKING AS HE WALKED - Vss. 2-3

 

God the Father is the husbandman or vinedresser. His goal is for the branches that are in the vine to bear fruit.  He does the pruning of dead branches, but he also prunes branches that already bear fruit.  Why does he do that?  So they will even be more productive.

 

How does God go about pruning us?

First of all there is the pruning of discipline. Hebrews 12:5-6

 

God also prunes us through trials. James 1:2-4

God also prunes through his word.

John 15:3 - Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

 

God's Word is designed to cleanse us as we respond accordingly. Psalm 119:11

 

Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

THE PROCESS FOR WALKING AS HE WALKED - Vss. 4,5,7

 

Walking as Jesus walked is a process.  It usually does not happen over night.  I would like to suggest to you that there are at least three elements involved in this process.

 

·       SURRENDER – John 15:4-5, Romans 12:1, Galatians 2:20

 

·        SCRIPTURE – John 15:7, Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:2-3

 

·        SUPPLICATION – John 15:7

 

THE PRODUCE FROM WALKING AS HE WALKED - Vs. 8

 

When we think of produce, we think of fruits and vegetables.

God is in the produce business. He's a fruit grower!

 

John 15:8 - Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

 

So what kind of fruit do we produce when we walk as He walked?

 

·        FRUIT OF SOULS – John 4:35-36

 

·        FRUIT OF HOLINESS – Romans 6:22

 

·        FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – Galatians 5:22-23

 

·        FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – James 3:18

 

FRUIT OF OUR LIPS – Hebrews 13:15

 

The ultimate role model is our Lord Jesus Christ!

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

THE POWER FOR WALKING AS HE WALKED - Vss. 5, 1

THE PRUNING FOR WALKING AS HE WALKED - Vss. 2-3

THE PROCESS FOR WALKING AS HE WALKED - Vss. 4,5,7

THE PRODUCE FROM WALKING AS HE WALKED - Vs. 8

 

How much of a role model is Jesus in your life?

 

 

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1 John 2:6 etc.

WALKING AS HE WALKED

 

Just about all of us have been an example to others at one time or another.  All of us have followed the example of others at one time or another. We will be an example to others. We tend to follow the example of others.

 

The best example we have is the Lord Jesus Christ.

He lived the perfect life.

He is God in the flesh.

He is the perfect example.

 

Our text for this is 1 John 2:6 - "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

 

After a person is saved, his life has been changed.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a  new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

 

As part of this new life in Christ, a person is to learn to walk  closely to the Lord. It is called abiding in Christ.  A person abides in Christ, as he studies God's Word, thinks on God's Word, and obeys God's Word. He also abides in Christ, as he stays in constant communication with the Lord through prayer.

 

The first requirement for any individual to be right with God is to be saved.

 

If you and I claim to abide in Christ as Christians, we are to walk as he walked! We are to follow His examples!

 

My challenge to you this morning is to "walk as He walked."

Follow the examples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In this message we will take all our examples from Matthew, as we show some of the examples of Jesus which we should follow.

 

"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

 

JESUS CHRIST WAS BAPTIZED. I SHOULD BE BAPTIZED. Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 10:44-48

JESUS CHRIST RESISTED SIN. I SHOULD RESIST SIN. Matthew 4:1-11

JESUS CHRIST SERVED. I SHOULD SERVE. Matthew 8:1-4

JESUS CHRIST PLEASED THE FATHER. I SHOULD PLEASE THE FATHER. Matthew 17:1-5

JESUS CHRIST PRACTICED FAITH. I SHOULD PRACTICE FAITH. Matthew 17:14-21

JESUS CHRIST HAD COMPASSION. I SHOULD HAVE COMPASSION. Matthew 20:29-34

 

 

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1 John 2:28-3:1

JESUS IS COMING!

 

As Christians we know that Jesus is coming soon. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Titus 2:13, Revelation 22:20. Because Jesus is coming soon Christians are to be:

 

STANDING IN CONFIDENCE - Vss. 28-29

When Jesus comes there will be a judgment for the Christian. This will not determine our place of eternal rest (That was decided when we trusted Christ as Savior. John 3:36), but it will determine our rewards. 2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, 4:5

As Christians, if we expect to stand before Him in confidence and not be ashamed at the Judgment Seat we must abide in Him now! Vs. 28, John 15:1-7

Because we know that Jesus is righteous, we are to practice righteousness now. Vs. 29

 

SEEING HIS LOVE  - Vs. 1

God has shown tremendous love towards us by declaring us to be His children. John 1:12-13

The world does not understand us because it has rejected Christ.

 

SHARING HIS RESURRECTION - Vs. 2

We are now God's children.

Because of this we will share in the resurrection of Christ.

We shall be like Him!

 

SHOWING OUR APPRECIATION - Vs. 3

Because we have this "blessed hope" of seeing Jesus as He is and being like Him, we are to purify our lives and strive to live like Jesus.

 

 

 

 

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