My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Monday, January 21, 2008

1 John 2

Anti-christness

Summary:
I don't want you to sin, but if you do, Jesus will defend you. If you really know Jesus, you'll do what he said.

This isn't new. Oh wait, maybe it is. The light of truth is here, and if you hate others then you aren't in the light no matter what you say.

Children are forgiven, fathers know, youth overcome.

Don't love what happens here on earth. It's temporary. Some people apposed to Jesus have left us already, but that's to be expected. You, however, know the truth and have the Spirit, and don't lie by denying Jesus as the Messiah. You can't have the Father if you reject the Son.

You don't need to be taught, so don't listen to those fools. Keep going strong!

Key verse:
22. Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son.

My thoughts:
I love 1 John. It appears that perhaps some people had taken John's Gospel a bit too far and made Jesus some sort of superhero and developed weird mythological theology around him. 1 John constantly hits back at heresy and points directly to the real earthly Jesus, his Messiahship, and right-living. As we will see, it staunchly defends the real suffering, the real death, and the real resurrection of Jesus.

So there's a weird little repetitive poem in the middle of this which kinda echoes what John is saying throughout the rest of this letter. John is constantly uses the phrase "I am writing to you because" and this poem reflects that. Beyond that I can't really see its specific purpose.

John's use of anti-christ here isn't specific, but generally just refers to those who are against Christ, which here might make the most sense referring to his current heretics because he's referring to those who deny Jesus as the Christ.

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