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The Final Test (4 of 14)
1 John 2:7-11
The past few weeks we have looking at the test of a genuine Christian. Today we look at the final test of a genuine Christian. John has so far has been writing a commentary on the Christian life and what a person who has been saved is like. The test we looked at last week was the first of two moral test. We looked at obedience to God and his word. And we determined that the model of obedience was Jesus Christ. He showed obedience to God in every area of his life. The test we look at this week, the same thing can be done. We can look to Jesus Christ as our example for this test.
I. The New/Old Command (v.7-8)
I promise you that John is not trying to confuse us. Though it seems that way. He does not state the command here but later in verse 24 of this chapter. But, the command is understood within the context of the verses.
The command that John gives to us is an old one because it the biblical command to love has is seen in Lev. 19:18. It is also rooted in the commands of the Ten Commandments.
It is new because the idea to love one another was personified in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "A New command I give you; Love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Jesus took the idea of love to the extreme illustration. He has given the great example of what true love for people is and how it is displayed. Jesus said, "Greater love has no man than this, than he lay his life down for a friend." And that is what Christ did. He laid down his life for all his friends, all of those people who have accepted him as savior and Lord.
What then is new? The new fact has to do with us and with our setting, the age in which we live; we are changed; we are new because of the fulfillment in history of God'' will. Because of Jesus Christ there is a radical newness, ...
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