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Thoughts on 1 John 2:24-27

Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

The apostle John, in his sermon. 1 John 2:24-27

We must allow the gospel of Jesus Christ to abide in us. That is what we have heard from the beginning. Note:  the verb is “let.” “Let” is a passive verb. We must permit the gospel to abide. What does that connote? That we in our flesh could quench it or limit its fruit or stifle it and also that we are not responsible for making it abide. We do not force the gospel to abide in us; it will do that of its own accord through the sanctifying work of the Spirit—not of our own power. We yield to the power of the Spirit; we do not quench it (1 Thessalonians 5:19).

And if this gospel abides in us, we will abide in the Son and in the Father. Note:  the gospel is essential to abiding in the Father and the Son. If you reject the gospel of Jesus Christ, you reject God. There is no hope for you outside of the gospel.

And the same guy who wrote this sermon also wrote this:  ”Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11). So, Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses and the like do not have the God. Why? Because they do not abide in the doctrine of Christ.

But, the promise that God has made to we who abide is this:  eternal life with himself. Apparently some people had been infiltrating the Church and teaching its members against the gospel of Christ. But John makes it a point to remind them that the anointing, which they have all received, abides in them. The anointing about which John is speaking seems to be that of the Holy Spirit. Why? Because:  it teaches you concerning all things, is true, and is not a lie. Not only that, it has taught us that we will abide in him.  Correlation:  ”For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:15-17). That which Paul says the Spirit accomplishes within us is the same which the anointing in us does according to John.

The preservation of the saints is not an a-biblical, extra-biblical, or un-biblical notion. God finishes the work he began (Philippians 1:6), and he has predestined or chosen his saints since before the foundation of the world to be adopted into the body of Christ by himself (1:4-6).

  1. March 17, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Thanks for the light and love. Good stuff.

  1. March 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

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