1 John 2:24-27 / Back to Basics (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on March 27, 2014

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This is the ninth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of 1 John. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of March 23, 2014. This message deals with the importance of remembering the basics of our faith. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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1jon 2_24-27

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1 John 2:24-27

v.24:
The focus is momentarily shifted from false teachers to the true Gospel.

John reminds his readers of the basics of the Gospel, which they were originally taught.

“That” is Jesus Christ. He is what has been preached from the beginning.

1 John 1:1-3

John 1:1, 14

Even from mankind’s beginning:

Genesis 3:14-15

In fact, Jesus is both the beginning and the end.

Revelation 1:8

Revelation 21:6

Revelation 22:13

He is the whole story, it’s all about Him. Let us not add anything to it.

Everything in God’s Word, from Genesis to Revelation, points to Christ.

Since Jesus is what we have been told since the beginning, then this all refers to Him.

If Jesus abides in you, then you will abide in both the Son and the Father.

This word, abide, carries the implication of being intimately intertwined, to the point that you have become a part of.

The message here, is to let Jesus become NOT a part of your life, but to become your life.

v.25:
Indeed, the promise of Jesus IS eternal life, because Jesus is life.

John 14:6

John 1:1-4

Jesus is the creator and the giver of life, and life He WILL give. . . eternally.

John 10:28

John 17:3

1 John 5:11

v.26:
One constant about the false teachers, is that they will try to deceive you.

False teachers like to complicate and confuse things, so sometimes its good just to get back to the basics, to reestablish and reaffirm you solid foundation. . . Jesus Christ.

This is good practice for us, today, as well.

To genuinely know God and His truth will fortify you against the antichrists who are trying to deceive you.

v.27:
When John speaks of teaching, in this sense, he is speaking of new ideas and philosophies.

Any teaching in the church should only be what was received from the beginning.

2 Peter 3:2

God has already given us His word, all we can do is study it and learn it.

There is no new revelation, and nothing more to be added to the word which He has already given us.

If we hold fast to the truth, we will truly abide in Christ.

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