Practical application is important if we are going to live successfully in today’s world. First John 2 tells us who Jesus is, why He came, what He expects, our relationship to the lost, our relationship to our family members, and what we should know about the end times. It touches on obedience, love, hate, light, darkness, relationships, and the antichrist.
Today we will look at verses 1-7.
Christ our advocate and propitiation (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.
Keep His commandments (2:3-7)
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
When we sin, our advocate, Jesus Christ, goes before the Father, and pleads the blood. Reading, understanding, and obeying the Bible is evidence that we know Him.
Do you have a plan to read God’s word? You should. When we know what the Bible says, then we can obey it. If we fail to keep God’s commandments, then we do not know God.
Tomorrow, verses 8-17.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001