John’s Historicistic Epistles

     Calvin adds in his comment: "The expiation made by Christ extends to all who by faith embrace the Gospel….   John's purpose was only to make the blessing common to the

whole Church.   Therefore, under the word 'all' [in the phrase ‘for the sins of all the World’ or ‘the whole World’], he does not include the reprobate but refers to all who would believe and those who were scattered through various regions of the Earth.   For, as is meet, the grace of Christ really is made clear — when it is declared to be the only salvation of the World." 

     O Christian — may we too, like the Apostle, show our glorious God-man Jesus Christ to all who would see and listen!   Let us assure all who would hear that He indeed saves all who will confess Him — saves them from their sins!   For "He is the Propitiation for our sins — and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole World." 

     Let us then go and tell the whole World about our allcleansing Saviour!   So on, then, Christian soldiers!   Onward, to victory!    

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5498.  I Jn. 2:1f.     5499.  I Jn. 1:1.     5500.  Jn. 1:1.     5501.  Jn. 1:1f.      5502.  Jn. 1:1 & 17:5,24.     5503.  Jn. 1:1f.     5504.  I Jn. 1:2-6.     5505.  I Jn. 1:3.     5506.  Jn. 1:4 cf. 3:16 & 17:2f.     5507.  I Jn. 1:2.    5508.  Jn. 1:14.    5509.  I Jn. 1:1-3.  5510.  I Jn. 1:4.     5511.  Jn. 3:16,26.     5512.  Jn. 1:29.     5513.  I Jn. 1:9.    5514.  I Jn. 1:7 cf. 3:4.     5515.  I Jn. 2:1f.     5516.  Jn. 19:30 cf. II Cor. 5:21.      5517.  I Jn. 2:2.     5518.  Jn. 4:42.    5519.  Mt. 28:19.     5520.  Ps. 2:8 & 22:27f.     5521.  Rev. 7:9,14.     5522.  I Pet. 1:18f.     5523.  Jn. 10:16.      5524.  Jn. 7:35 cf. n. 5521.     5525.  Jn. 6:37.           ______________________________________________

DARKNESS IS PAST; YOU BELIEVERS OVERCAME THE EVIL ONE   

First John 2:3-29                                                  

"I have written to you, young men….   You are strong; and the Word of God keeps on abiding in you; and you have overcome the wicked one."5526  

     It had just been stated with confidence that the blood of Christ is sufficient to take away the sins of the whole World.5527   So next, the Apostle John went on to explain — how believers could have victory over all their troubles in this present World, here and now. 

     First.   We are told to "keep His Commandments" if we really desire "to know Him."5528   For "he who says 'I know Him' but does not keep His Commandments — is a liar, and the truth is not in him.   But whosoever keeps His Word — in him is the love of God truly perfected."5529 

     We are to be "perfected" or progressively sanctified throughout this life until (after our death) we acquire complete sinlessness.   This is why we are to keep the Commandments of Christ or the Ten Commandments of the Decalogue5530 especially after we have been justified by God's grace alone.5531 

     As Calvin comments: "They by no means know God who do not keep His Com-mandments."   Here the Apostle John "does not mean that those who wholly satisfy the Law keep His Commandments (for no such instance can be found in the World) — but those who strive, according to the capacity of human infirmity, to form their life in obedience to God….   Christ now — only prescribes under the Gospel, the same rule of life as God had done under the Law.   This is certainly most true." 

     Also the Geneva Bible makes a similar assessment.   For here it comments: "'Love your neighbour as yourself'is the old Commandment taught in the Law." 

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