7443 - The Promise - 1 John 2:24-25

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Friend, it’s such a joy to have you join us today.

In our study through 1 John we are now in Chapter 2, verses 24 & 25.

1 John 2:24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.

1 John 2:25 And this is what he promised us --even eternal life.

In the previous paragraphs John has been putting his measuring rod on the false teachers of his day. He has discussed that anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ is filled with the spirit of antichrist. In other words he is anti-God.

Remember God is the one who inspired John’s words so He is defending the person and work of His Son, Jesus. God has said through John that Jesus is truly the Christ, the promised Messiah –– the Savior.

Some of the false teachers were denying that Jesus was man or God. Some said he was only man at first, but for ministry that Christ came upon Him. But these same false teachers declare that Christ left Jesus before His crucifixion; thus he did not atone for sin on the cross. Perhaps you recognize that certain modern groups indulge in the same thinking. Modernism is not new. It had its roots in the errors of the first century.

God says through John in these verses, “See that what you have heard from the beginning remains –– or abides –– in you.”

Many of the false teachers of John’s day began with an acceptance of the facts about Jesus, but soon abandoned these truths for other thoughts of man regarding Jesus. In other words, they did not experience saving grace, but rather accepted only what the human reason could understand or explain.

We all know that God cannot be explained. Salvation comes by faith in the person of Jesus Christ and in the work He accomplished in man’s behalf. The plan is based on infinite love and grace, neither of which we can fathom.

So John is saying in a personal way; “but as for you personally, in contradiction to the previously scorned false teachers who actually are anti-God, you are to hold onto –– to keep in your heart the truth you heard in the beginning. Do not be enticed to follow those false teachers, or to be like them.”

The Christian is responsible to nurture truth in the very person of Jesus.

Some may be saying, “did these false teachers lose their salvation?” That concept is an impossibility. If you are ever saved then you can never lose it.

Hebrews 3:14 explains it this way, “We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.” Basically what Scripture shares, is that the endurance of your faith proves that you had it all the time. That means that if for any reason a person abandons his belief and accepts another concept, then he never had faith in the first place.

Now there is a tremendous promise unfolded for those true believers who remain true to the faith. The Scripture says that if this truth abides in you then you will in fact remain in the Son and in the Father. But there is more. It says that this faithful commitment to truth is the beginning of eternal life.

Have you ever wondered when eternal life begins? Here’s the answer. The moment you receive God’s truth as an abiding reality, then eternal life has begun. You can certainly see the connection to what Jesus said in John 14:6: “I am the Way, the Truth & the Life.” God’s truth is Jesus! The moment He abides in your heart you are born into eternal life. It will continue forever.

One final word of application. If and when a Christian is faced with determining the validity of some statement being taught as doctrine, how can you determine whether to accept these words? The answer is that you must examine any new teaching by comparing it to what is given to us by God in the Bible. If it is not verified by the Word then reject those new words as heresy. Do not be deceived. God’s Word is the final authority.