1 John 2:7-11/ Old Becomes New (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on February 6, 2014


This is the fifth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of 1 John. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of February 2, 2014. This message deals with Christ’s commandment to love. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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1 Jon 2_7-11


1 John 2:7-11

We have seen in 1 John, the application of tests to the believer. These tests do two things.

  1. They expose the false teaching and claims of the opponents of Christ. Such as the way John answered the claims of the gnostics.
  2. The tests will allow the Christians to know that they are walking in the light.

John may have been accused of twisting the Gospel, by adding to it, but he assures his readers that he is not telling them anything new at all.

In fact, later in his letter, John will admonish his readers to always test the spirits.

1 John 4:1

It is vitally important that we test all claims against the Word of God. Especially in light of the fact of so many false teachers and self professed prophets in the church today.

The Old commandment of which he speaks is the word which you have heard from the beginning. But what beginning?

For the purpose of John’s letter, it was the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Word of Life

1 John 1:1

John 1:1, 14

What John is about to reiterate is the great commandment that Jesus gave.

This commandment is an old commandment, yet a new commandment all at the same time.

How can something be old and new all at once?

Well, how can Jesus be God and man at the same time?

How can God be three in one?

Its a God thing! Although, its certainly easier to explain than the dual nature of Christ or the Trinity.

This great command was true in Jesus, and is now true in the lives of believers.

Jesus lived a life of divine love, and He extended this life to His disciples as a new command to be fulfilled in their lives.

In fact, Jesus called this a new commandment, and John is simply echoing the words of Christ.

John 13:34-35

Jesus had taken the command of Leviticus 19:18 and made it new by adding a greater measure of love than one’s self.

Now we are told to love as Jesus has loved us, with self-sacrificial love.

This type of love is echoed again in Philippians 2:3

Jesus is the light, and when we love as He loved, His light shines though us.

As such, we expose the darkness and bring light into the world.

Ephesians 5:8-14

Many people may claim to be in this light, but just because they say they are doesn’t make it so.

John talks about hate, and this has nothing to do with whether or not you like somebody.

So how does John define hate? It is defined primarily by one’s actions. It is the absence of deeds of love.

Love is not expressed simply by saying “I love you”. God’s love will express itself in concrete actions.

Failure to act is what John considered hate. Jesus expressed His love in a very real way. He left no room for doubt.

Love unexpressed is not love at all. When love is absent, hate is present.

When this is your attitude, you may think you are in the light, but you are really in darkness.

When you are in the light, you can clearly see. When you can clearly see, there is no reason to stumble.

In contrast to being in the light, is to be in darkness.

To wander in the dark, is to blindly and aimlessly wander.

But this is in contrast to the will of God who created you for a purpose, who knew you before you were even born.

God would have you to know that you have a future and a hope, He would have you know your destination.

In total darkness you can have no clue where you are going. You simply stumble around until something bad happens.

Those who are blind, usually end up following others who are blind, and that never ends well.

Luke 6:39

Praise God that He gives sight to the blind.

Luke 7:22

Luke 4:18-19

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