1 John 2:1-6
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous.  He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also
for the sins of the whole world
is the propitiation
for our sins.
is the taking of a personal object for the appeasement of an offended party.
I like to look at it
like this: It is like being in a courtroom and you are on trial and you know
that you are guilty and you know that you are before a just and holy
judge. Satan the prosecutor gets up and
rips you telling the judge all that you have done wrong in your life and
accuses you of even the good that you have done was out of the wrong
motivations. You are at your lowest
because you know that you are guilty because Romans 3 tells us that there is no
one righteous, not one. All looks dark
But then, Jesus
stands up on your behalf and he doesn’t say a word. He approaches the seat of the Holy judge and
reaches out his two nail pierced hands and points to the hole in his side and
the crown of thorns. And the judge rules
INNOCENT, not because he is unjust, not because you deserve it, but because the
punishment has been paid for. Now here
is the good news. God the holy and just
judge is not mad that he had to let you off, he is not like well have to
because the penalty is paid for. No, he
is the one that provided a way for you to be able to come to him and have
fellowship with him because he loves you.
We could have never come to the father unless he had prepared a way for
us to be able to stand blameless in front of him.
No one who enjoys the forgiveness of Jesus can be content to hog it for
himself. He is not the propitiation for
our sins only.
And the last commandment of Jesus was, “Go make
disciples out of them from every people.”
In summary of verses
one and two, John’s message to us today is: Don’t sin! It is tremendously and terribly serious. But if you do sin, don’t despair because your
attorney is the Son of the Judge. He is
righteous and he makes his case for you not on the basis of your perfection but
his propitiation. Be of good courage, do
not hog Jesus for yourself alone, go and make disciples. (Piper, 1985)
 And by this we know that we have come to
know him, if we keep his commandments.  Whoever says “I know him” but does
not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,  but
whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we
may know that we are in him:  whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in
the same way in which he walked.
Here we learn three instructions:
1. We must keep God’s commandments (2.3-4)
2. We must keep God’s word (2.5)
3. We must walk as Jesus walked (2.6)
Knowing Christ produces obedience.
You can have assurance that you truly know Christ if you obey
Anyone who says he abides in Christ ought to walk in the same way in
which he walked.