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Hope

1 John 2:24-3:10, Steve Darby, February 24, 2019


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Opening remarks - Church Name
    • We need hope
    • How do people find hope in today's world?
    • The bible is very clear about the reason for this loss of hope
      • It is because people are living without God
      • Phil
      • To be without Christ and God is to be without hope
    • Christians should be those to offer hope
      • Though difficult situations can shake us
      • The lives of the early Christians was not easy
  • Hope
    • Many passages of Scripture speak about this
    • Looking specifically at 1 John 3:3

A Certain Hope

  • Every Christian has a certain hope
    • Not an ordinary 'hope'
  • The biblical definition - absolute and certain
    • Fixed to events that are absolute and certain
      • Historical events of fact
      • Future events still to happen
        • cf Prophecy foretold this morning and others that have come true in Jesus Christ
      • Example of tent
    • Fixed particularly on two events:
      • The Son of God was manifested - 3:2, 5, 8
        • Christ came into the world
        • God was manifested in the flesh - 1 Tim 3:16
      • The Second Coming - 3:2
  • The Son of God was manifested
    • He was perfect
    • He came alongside others
    • He spoke the truth and had wisdom from God
    • His enemies could find nothing against Him so had to make up lies
    • He was pure and kept every commandment
    • He was without sin
    • He offered His life as a sacrifice
    • The Cross is central to our hope
      • Heb 6:19 - our hope is anchored at the place of sacrifice
    • The resurrection is central to our hope
      • 1 Peter
  • The Second Coming
    • Jesus Christ will return one day and judge the world
      • All will appear before the judgment seat of Christ
    • He comes to raise up believers to glory
      • For those that know Jesus as Lord and Saviour
      • A new heaven and a new earth
        • 2 Peter 3
      • No death or sadness

A Christ-Centred Hope

  • "Hope in Him"
    • He/Him - the Godhead or Christ?
      • John is emphasising the unity of the Father and the Son
      • A oneness but a distinction in their persons
      • If we have seen the Son, we have seen the Father
    • See Him - Christ
      • We cannot see the Father or the Holy Spirit
      • We cannot be conformed to the Father or the Holy Spirit
  • Not just fixed to events in the past/future but centred on the God-man Jesus Christ
    • If He were not the God-man, we would have no hope
    • Who but God could deal with the enormity of our sin?
    • Only God can provide a sufficient sacrifice
    • Only a true man can sympathise with us
  • Not just what He has done, but who He is
    • Quote from Warren Weirsby - "When the outlook is gloomy, try the uplook"
    • Focus your eyes on Him

A Characteristic Hope

  • A hope of what the true character of a Christian should be
    • A hope lived out in the nitty-gritty of our lives
    • It is a practical hope
    • It enables us to live holy lives
  • Believers can be called 'children of God'
    • We can be welcomed into His family
    • We can be given a new life
    • We can be given the Holy Spirit
  • We should live as children of God
    • We should lives that reflect the holiness of God
    • We will identify with Christ and reflect something of His Holiness
      • We are being sanctified
      • This must be the reality
        • cf 3:4-6,9
        • Not perfectionism
        • cf 1:8–2:1
      • We do not continue in the pattern of sin, though we do sin
      • We immediately confess our sin to Christ
        • Present continuous tense - continuing to sin - 3:6,9
      • Examples
    • We have been transformed and live differently
  • If we have been born into the family of God, we must reflect this characteristic
    • We must display the likeness of Jesus Christ
    • This will affect many areas of our life
      • Examples

"Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure"




Sermon Passage:

1 John 2:24-3:10

24Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 26These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 28And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. (KJV)


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