The First Epistle of John

A Wednesday Night Study

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We will do Evening Prayer on Wednesdays @ 8PM


The Great Pretender

A Wednesday Night Study

of 1 John 3:1 - 10


Introducing the Text

 

How does the US Treasury Department train its agents to distinguish true currency from Counterfeit?

 

     By studying the R___________________

 

How does one distinguish counterfeit Christianity from true Christianity?  Children of God from children of the Devil?

 

John sets out to describe authentic Christians.

 

     Children of God practice R____________ (v. 1 – 10)

 

         Children of God L______ other Christians (v. 11 – 24)

 

This isn’t new material, but John approaches it differently.

 

Chapters 1 & 2 focus on the Christian’s fellowship with God

 

Chapters 3 – 5 focus on the Christian’s S_______ with God.

 

Our sonship leads us to practice righteousness and love other Christians.

 

John makes two startling announcements:

 

         No one who A________ in God sins.

 

         No one who S________ has seen God or knows Him.

 

Did our Biblical heroes sin?          _________

         Abraham lied (Gen 12)

         Moses disobeyed (Num 20)

         Peter denied (Mt. 26)

 

So, what does “to sin” mean?

 

         Sin as a L____________, repetitively 

 

So, no Christian is sinless, but no Christian sins repetitively.

 

Christians are called to holiness of heart and life, inwardly and outwardly.

 

A true Christian knows God and thus, does not sin.

 

A counterfeit Christian doesn’t know God and is a slave to sin.

 

Three reasons for living a holy life (3:1 – 10)

 

         God the F___________ loves us    (v. 1 – 3)

 

         God the S___________ died for us (v. 4 – 8)

 

         God the Spirit L______________ (v. 9 – 10)


Exploring the Text

Three reasons for Holy Living

1 John 3:1 – 10

 

See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are! Because the world didn’t recognize him, it doesn’t recognize us. 2 Dear friends, now we are God’s children, and it hasn’t yet appeared what we will be. We know that when he appears we will be like him because we’ll see him as he is. 3 And all who have this hope in him purify themselves even as he is pure. 4 Every person who practices sin commits an act of rebellion, and sin is rebellion. 5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and there is no sin in him. 6 Every person who remains in relationship to him does not sin. Any person who sins has not seen him or known him.

 

Little children, make sure no one deceives you. The person who practices righteousness is righteous, in the same way that Jesus is righteous. 8 The person who practices sin belongs to the devil, because the devil has been sinning since the beginning. God’s Son appeared for this purpose: to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those born from God don’t practice sin because God’s DNA remains in them. They can’t sin because they are born from God. 10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children are apparent: everyone who doesn’t practice righteousness is not from God, including the person who doesn’t love a brother or sister.

 

God the Father Loves Us (3:1 – 3)

 

See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are! Because the world didn’t recognize him, it doesn’t recognize us. 2 Dear friends, now we are God’s children, and it hasn’t yet appeared what we will be. We know that when he appears we will be like him because we’ll see him as he is. 3 And all who have this hope in him purify themselves even as he is pure.

 

How is God’s love “peculiar”?

 

         What is it based on?

 

Our salvation begins with the L__________.

 

Our salvation is about W_________ we are!

 

         Sons and Daughters of God.

 

Because God loves us, He sent Jesus to die for us that we might be children of God.

                  

Note: Why doesn’t the world understand us?

 

Our salvation is about what we will be

 

         We will be L____________________.

 

Because God loves us, He wants to spend eternity with us!

 

Our salvation is about what we S__________ be now.

 

         Holiness of heart and life, of attitudes and actions.

 

         Because God loves us, He wants us to share His nature

 

God’s love for us should change our D______________.  We should no longer want the things of the world; We should want the things that are pleasing to God.

 

When lost people sin, they sin against their Creator.

 

When Christians sin, we sin against our F_________.

 

When lost people sin, they sin against God’s commands

 

When Christians sin, we sin against God’s L_______

 

So, we should turn from sin – not because we are afraid of God punishing or hurting us, but – because we don’t want to “hurt” our Father.

            

God the Son Died for Us (3:4 – 8)

 

4 Every person who practices sin commits an act of rebellion, and sin is rebellion. 5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and there is no sin in him. 6 Every person who remains in relationship to him does not sin. Any person who sins has not seen him or known him. 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you. The person who practices righteousness is righteous, in the same way that Jesus is righteous. 8 The person who practices sin belongs to the devil, because the devil has been sinning since the beginning. God’s Son appeared for this purpose: to destroy the works of the devil.

 

To sin is to show that we don’t fully understand or appreciate what Jesus did for us on the cross.

 

His work on the cross accomplished two things:

 

         He died to take away our sins (v. 4 – 6)

 

                  Sin is R_____________, defiance, lawlessness.

 

                  Sin is also the fruit of their rebellion.

 

So, sin is a lifestyle and sin is an action simultaneously.

 

Christ came to deal with our rebellion, our sinful nature.

 

Children of God do commit individual acts of sin, but Children of God do not live a lifestyle of sin.

 

How do we stop living that lifestyle of rebellion?

 

A______, “to live in complete communion with”

 

When we abide in Him, we do not sin; when we sin, it is because we’re not abiding in Him.

 

How does His death free us from Rebellion?

 

Because when He died, we ________________

 

He died to take away our sins.

 

         He also died to D_____ the works of the devil (v. 7 & 8)

 

                  What was Satan’s sin?                   R___________

 

                  This is what he still does today.

 

John contrasts Christ (sinless) and the devil (sinful)

 

To know God is to O____________ God.

 

To know the devil is to rebel against God and God’s way of righteous living.

 

The cross renders the devil’s work inoperative.  Sin has no power over us.

 

When we sin, we give the devil a power he doesn’t have anymore.  “The devil made me do it.”

 

The great deception is: thinking you can be a Christian and not be T__________________.

 

God the Spirit Indwells Us (3:9 – 10)

 

Those born from God don’t practice sin because God’s DNA remains in them. They can’t sin because they are born from God. 10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children are apparent: everyone who doesn’t practice righteousness is not from God, including the person who doesn’t love a brother or sister.

 

We do not live a sinful lifestyle because we have a new N__________ implanted within us.

 

         It is a divine nature; the DNA of God in us.

 

         Does this mean that Adam’s nature is gone?

 

____, Two natures reside within each of us.  The one we nurture grows

 

Our new nature gives us a new S________ with God.

 

         We are made righteous.  Just as if we hadn’t sinned.

 

Note: the word John uses here is “seed”.  Seeds aren’t full blown plants.  Seeds must be nurtured to grow.

 

Our new nature gives us a new P_________ before God.

 

         We are set apart for God’s purposes.   Sanctification.

 

Sin is an indication of spiritual sickness.  There is a process:

         We are tempted.

         We yield to sin.

         We do not deal with it, but “nurture” it.

         The Infection spreads.

         Soon we lose our appetite for the things of God.

         We are overcome by sin.

 

But there is a remedy for spiritual sickness:

 

      C_____________ & R_______________

 

There are also exercises to improve spiritual health:

                  

The S___________ D____________ or means of Grace.

 

The Gnostics (John’s False Teachers) taught that we shouldn’t worry about sin because sin was a “body” problem, not a spirit problem.  And only the spirit matters.

 

But there is no way to divide body and spirit.  We are both simultaneously.  sin is a body problem with spiritual influences and a spiritual solution.

 

How are you addressing “sin” in yourself?

 

Note: these words are not written so we can become Pharisees, trying to remove the speck from someone else’s eyes.  They are written so that we can remove the log from our own.



NO BIBLE STUDY IN AUGUST


We will do Evening Prayer on Wednesdays @ 8PM