John Lesson 21 Day 3
My Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions
6. “Here’s how we can be sure that we know God in the right way: Keep his commandments.” 1 John 2:3 MSG
Religion has so ground into our heads the lie that right standing with God is earned by our actions, scriptures like this are almost always interpreted as the opposite of what they are really saying…This verse is not saying that keeping God’s commandments causes us to know Him; it’s saying the exact opposite. Knowing God (not just intellectually but experientially) will cause us to keep His commandments. This is how we know if we are truly born of God. If our actions aren’t affected, then we don’t have a genuine relationship with the Lord. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
The Gnostics (false teaching John writes about in this letter) boasted about their knowledge of God but disregarded the fruit of obedience produced by a true relationship with the Father.
Keep—live out (The Voice)— The Greek word used by John literally means “watch, guard, and keep safe as a precious thing.” This isn’t about faultless conformity, but hearty acceptance of and willing subjection to God’s whole revealed will. Keep is John’s favorite word, according to JFB. He uses keep instead of do.
Commandments—injunctions of faith, love, and obedience. John never uses “the law” to express the rule of Christian obedience: he uses it as the Mosaic law.
Knowing God produces righteous living.
Evidence of salvation—
“…if we keep (bear in mind, observe, practice) His teachings (precepts, commandments).” 1 John 2:3 (AMP)
“…all who practice righteousness are God’s true children.” 1 John 2:29 (MSG)
John isn’t talking about only an outward obedience. A true believer’s behavior comes from a changed heart. Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you are like tombs that have been whitewashed, which look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything impure. Matthew 23:27 (AMP)
7. What the world has to offer 1 John 2:15-17
Lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification]
“Sensual and impure desires which seek their gratification in—
- sexual experiences for the sake of physical pleasure
- non-therapeutic drugs or excessive alcohol
- live to eat and not eat to live
Our bodies naturally hunger for food and have a sex drive. God created us this way.
However, lust represents desire in excess—out of balance—loving and seeking the pleasure of the senses more than our Creator.
2 Peter 2:10-11 (MSG)
God is especially incensed against these “teachers” who live by lust, addicted to a filthy existence. They despise interference from true authority, preferring to indulge in self-rule. Insolent egotists, they don’t hesitate to speak evil against the most splendid of creatures. Even angels, their superiors in every way, wouldn’t think of throwing their weight around like that, trying to slander others before God.
Psalm 34:8 (HCSB)
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!
Lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind]
“Inordinate desires after finery of every kind, gaudy dress, splendid houses, superb furniture, expensive equipage, trappings, and decorations of all sorts. (Adam Clarke)
“Keep my eyes from gazing upon worthless things,
and give me true life according to Your plans. (Voice)
Pride of life [ assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]
“Hunting after honors, titles, and pedigrees; boasting of ancestry, family connections, great offices, honorable acquaintance, and the like. (Adam Clarke)
1 John 2:16 (AMP)
“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].”
8. False teachers
Any person, thing, doctrine, system of religion, polity (a politically organized unit including religious denominations link), etc. , which is opposed to Christ, and to the spirit and spread of his Gospel, is antichrist…every enemy of Christ, every one who opposes his reign in the world, in others, or in himself…and consequently every wicked man is an antichrist. But the name has been generally applied to whatever person or thing systematically opposes Christ and his religion. (Adam Clarke)
- Lovers of the world
- Deny the Father and the Son
Hold to the truth
“Christ’s anointing teaches you the truth on everything you need to know about yourself and him, uncontaminated by a single lie. Live deeply in what you were taught.” 1 John 2:27 (MSG)
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 21 Day 3 ~ 1 John 2:3-29
*Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (affiliate link)