Be a Student

(Today’s post by James Rooks)

1 John 2:3-27

College Student Studying in LibraryToday’s passage from 1 John 2 concludes with a warning to the body of believers.  “These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you.” vs. 26.   Reading through the end of the passage here is so important because it uncovers several things that John is trying to point out to his audience.  Number 1, his audience would have been Believers in the early church.  Secondly, the last paragraph beginning with vs.25 and ending in vs. 29 indicate that the preceding message was a warning to the believers about those who would seek to mislead or deceive them.

With that understanding, go back and read the passage from front to back again.  John was more concerned about believers in the early church being lead astray by those working for the enemy.   The letter, and chapter 2 specifically, sets up as a litmus test to put into the hands of the believers, not a litmus test to cast on the believers.  Multiple times throughout the passage, John encourages and reminds the believers of their position in Christ.  Vs. 12 “I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake”.   Vs. 25 “This is the promise which He Himself made to us; eternal life.”
Over the years I’ve had the blessing of working in various ministries with some awesome Christian leaders.  One of my favorites was was Alex Vicario, a youth pastor who I was able to serve with for a few years at a local church.  Alex used to always tell the kids “don’t just read the Word, but READ the WORD.”   He was saying to them not to just glance over scripture and pick a few verses to highlight.  In the same way, don’t allow someone who professes to be a ‘teacher” lead you astray by highlighting verses to push their agenda.
Today’s message is clear. Take it from John; be a student of the Word.   Today’s Word gives us filters that will help us as we seek to abide in Him.  Don’t be distracted by the schemes of the enemy whether it be through false teachers or our own temptation to love the world.
“As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27
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