Heartfelt appeal: Pt. I
An appeal, make a serious or urgent request, typically to the public (Oxford dictionary). We all have had them made of us, and we have of others. This evening we are going to start a look at some heartfelt appeals from John to the recipients of the Epistle.
Question: What is something that you have appealed in your life that was significant?
A Christians appeal (1Pt3:21; Act25:11)
21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
and then there was Paul’s appeal (another Christian of course)
11 “If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar.”
Have you ever appealed for your children, grandchildren? John is appealing for his spiritual children.
I want to keep in context so we will read the entire section, but tonight we are only going to focus on (vv.1-5) of which we briefly looked at (vv.1-2) last week. Tonight we will look at the following
An appeal to refrain (1Jn2:1-2)
An appeal to obey (1Jn2:3-5)
Let’s look together at the scripture, then will glean and focus on our selected passage.
1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
7 Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. 8 On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining.
9 The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 10 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake.
13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
(Transition) now may we go back and focus on our passage (vv.1-5)
Gleaning from the scripture:
Who is John appealing to (v.1)?
What is John’s appeal (v1)?
He is appealing to his little children
He is appeal to them not to sin.
Whose sins is Jesus the propitiation for (v.2)?
Ours and those of the whole world.
How do we know we know Him according to (v.3)?
By keeping His commandments.
Those who do not keep His commandments are what, according to (v.4)?
They are a liar and the truth is not in them.
What is perfected by the one who keeps the commands (v.5)
Love of God is perfected.
Look back at (v.1) the reason it was written. So that we might not sin
An appeal to not sin, we have no license to sin anymore (Rom6:12-14; Eph4:17-19
No longer are we a slave to sin, no longer do we have a license to sin, we are dead to sin.
11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,
13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
No long to live how we used to live
17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
Sinless perfection this side of our heavenly home is not possible, sin is missing the mark and we still miss the mark. But as we walk in the light our sins are forgiven (1Jn1:7) we had that a couple of weeks ago, And we have an advocate too.
If you sin you have an Advocate (Heb4:14-16)
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
An Advocate vs. Propitiation (Heb2:17-18, Heb10:4)
Advocate, one who defends, represents another. No Better Advocate than Jesus who is also
17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
Propitiation means to satisfy, appeasement, to offer a satisfactory sacrifice.
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4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Only the blood of Jesus can take away our sins.
(Transition) this brings us to the next appeal
Appeal to obey
Appeal to obey
Jesus, Paul appeal to obey the commands, so does John in our passage. Let’s look at obedience in our walk.
Obedience faith (1Jn2:3)
3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
By what, by our obedience we know we are His children (v.1) and we have an advocate (v.1) and that Christ is our propitiation (v.2)
By our obedience, by our knowledge of the truth and applying it.
IF we don’t keep his commands, well look
Truthful faith (1Jn1:8)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
You can have claimed faith, but if it is not evident, do you really have faith, saving faith, sanctifying faith?
Evidenced faith (Jm2:14; Lk6:46)
14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
Even Jesus very words that should be considered
46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
God has always desired our obedience
22 Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
When you obey, you abide, when you abide you bear. Bear much fruit through your obedience and by your obedience.
The one who knows Him keeps His word; and it is not burdensome (1Jn5:1-3)
1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
Obedience not burdensome or too hard
11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.
Love of God has been perfected, How? By salvation, and by assurance our sins are forgiven. And the assurance if we sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous One.
(Insert: Johns heartfelt appeal PowerPoint here)
Can you feel His heartfelt appeal?
Can you see the assurance that He is trying to give to them coming from Chapter 1 into this first section of Chapter 2?
Do you feel assured, do you have confidence in what you have heard you believe and what you believe you can stand on and not be easily persuaded of something else?
One of the major issues John is addressing to the people is the assurance and confidence so that the false teachers then, and we can know the false teachers today cannot lead us away.
Next week we will continue John’s appeal.
For now, look at Jesus appeal (Mt11:28-30)
28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Come to Him
Come for the promised rest
Take His yoke, which means come along side and do as Jesus did, lived in obedience to the Father
Learn from Him
And you will find rest for your souls (eternal soul rest in Jesus by faith).