Epiphany Camden - The Renewing Return of the King - 1 John 2.28-3.3

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“The Renewing Return of the King”:

“The Renewing Return of the King” Community Group Study of a sermon by Pastor Doug Logan on 1 John 2:28-3:3 Epiphany Fellowship of Camden Prepared by John Matthew Leone Leadership Development Coordinator 11 January 2012

1 John 2:28-3:3:

1 John 2:28-3:3 1 John 2:28-3:3 (ESV) And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

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1 John 3:1-3:3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 1 John 2:28-3:3

Key Theme in This Section: Abiding:

Key Theme in This Section: Abiding Why are some Christians led astray to believe false teaching? Because they are not abiding in the Spirit. The Greek word “abide” ( meno ) occurs several times in this section of 1 John: 2:6, 10, 14, 17, 19, 24, 27-28. To “abide” means “to remain in fellowship, a key concept in the first two chapters. In chapters 3-5, there is an emphasis upon sonship, or being born of God.

1. The Believer’s Role in Walking Out Salvation:

1. The Believer’s Role in Walking Out Salvation What does it mean to “abide” in Christ? What does this look like for me in my life? For us, to “abide” in Christ means to live each day and each moment in the light of the gospel truth that, in Christ, we are sons and daughters of the Almighty, fully accepted by God in Him, never to be cast away or cast aside.

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How does our sin keep us from “abiding” in Christ? First, it is important to remember that, after our new birth and union with Christ, our sin does not separate us from the love of the Father. In Christ, we remain completely accepted and loved. Because of our union with Christ, we are assured of “abiding” in the love of God all our days. Our sin causes us to forget our identity as God’s children and leads us to a love of self (the flesh; cf. 1 John 2:7-11) and the world (1 John 2:15-17). 1. The Believer’s Role in Walking Out Salvation

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What causes us to remember our identity as God’s children and protects us from an ungodly love of self and the world? The gospel . You must preach the gospel to yourself every day, several times throughout the day. It is in the gospel that, as God’s children, we find our assurance/confidence (2:28) and identity (a child of God as a result of the new birth; 2:29). 1. The Believer’s Role in Walking Out Salvation

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Heb. 4:15 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 10:19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 1. The Believer’s Role in Walking Out Salvation

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1 John 4:13   By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit [and this gives us great confidence ]. 1 John 4:17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 1. The Believer’s Role in Walking Out Salvation

2. The Father’s Role in Bringing Salvation:

2. The Father’s Role in Bringing Salvation By His love, the Father has identified us as His children “now.” We are His children because we are united with His Son, whom He sent to save us and bring us back to Him.

2. The Father’s Role in Bringing Salvation:

2. The Father’s Role in Bringing Salvation Consider how we so often emphasize “doing” instead of “being.” When we are of a “do” mindset, we are highlighting our own righteousness (of which we have none; cf. Isa. 64:6). When we are of a “being” mindset, we are abiding in our identity in Christ, understanding that, as children of God, we are already accepted and loved in Christ, having been given His perfect righteousness at the moment of salvation.

2. The Father’s Role in Bringing Salvation:

2. The Father’s Role in Bringing Salvation A “being” mindset is further assisted when we meditate on our election to salvation, which occurred before the foundation of the world: Eph. 1:4 He [the Father] chose us in Him [Christ] before the foundation of the world.... In love 5 He predestined us for adoption as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.

2. The Father’s Role in Bringing Salvation:

2. The Father’s Role in Bringing Salvation When we consider the fact that our salvation and union with Christ was, in fact, accomplished solely and entirely by the will of the Father through the work of the Son by the power of the Spirit, we find that our identity is completely and totally secure . Thus, we can have full confidence that our true identity can never and will never be taken away from us.

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Rom. 8:38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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