Abide In The Word (1 John 2:7-14)

Happy Monday! Today we will continue our growing through the word study on 1 John. As usual I have included the passage we’re studying below, please do read through that before we begin.

The New Commandment

  I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

12  I am writing to you, little children,

because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

13  I am writing to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men,

because you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, children,

because you know the Father.

14  I write to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,

because you are strong,

and the word of God abides in you,

and you have overcome the evil one.

When I read this, I saw one main idea and one single point that John made in this passage. Look at verse one, we see that this “new commandment” is something we have had from the beginning, it’s the word of God.

Your Actions show

By your actions, others will see whether or not you truly abide in the word.

John wants you to know that whether or not you truly abide in the word, your actions will show. Others will see that by your actions you truly have faith, remember your faith is not because of your works, your works are because of your faith.

Abide in the Word

John goes through every generation, he tells them they are strong because they have overcome the evil one. But, what is it that they have done to make them strong? They abide in the word of God. John didn’t simply give us an answer, he gives us a commandment, a new/old commandment. The word of God, John wants us to abide in God’s word.

I’m sure you have a good idea of what exactly this means, and you know that this not only means reading and studying, but it means to live out and act on what you read in the word. It means to live in accordance with the word.

Of course you know that abiding in the word consists of many different aspects of your life. As you read and seek obedience to the word,  you’ll begin to see changes in your thoughts, actions, and views.

If there was one thing that I think John wanted everyone to take from this passage, I think it would be that followers of Christ must abide in the word. Remember that throughout the rest of your day, and as you pass through your week. Read the word, and seek to put those commands into action in obedience to God.

-Zachary

 

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