Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

 

I John 1:4

WRITTEN FOR YOUR JOY

Dec. 14, 1980


JOHN'S WRITINGS ARE DEEP, SOUL SEARCHING, SPIRITUAL! GOSPEL-WAY TO LIFE! EPISTLE - HOW TO ENJOY LIFE

  • A life of Fellowship is explained-v.3 & John the Aged knew how to walk close to the Lord - do you?
  • The responsibility of Fellowship is declared! We must abide in Him if we wish to have full Joy
  • When we have sweet fellowship with God- & with each other - we have full JOY, But many of us miss this sweet Joy because we fail to practice God's Word - Read this Book carefully

I. GOD IS LIGHT! 1:5 TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WE MUST WALK IN THAT LIGHT!

Eternal truths are expressed in human language- it is not done easily- open ears, eyes, See The Light

A. WE ALL SAY WE WANT GOD'S LIGHT, BUT HIS GREAT LIGHT SHOWS US THE DARKNESS OF OUR LIVES - 1:6,8

  • We try to hide personal responsibility for our own Moral situation- but v. 6 God shows our lie.
  • What is "to walk in darkness"? - Just to walk out of the range of His light, & we all do -v.8
  • But this darkness can be handled! - Sin- Confess it- v.9 rebound, & we have help- 2:1-2 Advocate

B. GOD'S LIGHT REACHES INTO OUR MINDS, AND GIVES US DIRECTION THROUGH OUR WILL!  I John 2:3-11

  • The OT Law takes on new meaning - v.3-6 - To abide in Him we must walk His path - & want to!
  • God's love is perfected in us as we keep His Words - learn obedience to Him, & be motivated- by love
  • This light leads us into a new relationship with our brother v.10 - makes a wholesome family

C. GOD'S LIGHT DESTROYS DARKNESS, AND AS THE LIGHT SHINES, THE WICKED ONE IS SHOWN v.15-17

  • Worldliness, carnality, dark deeds, thoughts, motives - all are doomed under His light- 15-17
  • False Teachers are doomed- for the Spirit shows us all things- v.20 It is light vs. darkness
  • The Enlightening (Anointing) of the Spirit- guides us so that we can know path of light- v.27

And when we abide in Him- we need not be ashamed before Him at His Coming- we have confidence!

II. GOD IS RIGHTEOUS! 2:29-4:6 TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP- WE MUST WALK IN RIGHTNESS

Our culture has rebelled against Righteousness- but 3:10 this shows whether or not you are saved!

A. TO BE RIGHTEOUS ONE MUST BE BORN OF GOD! 3:1-9 WE CANNOT BE RIGHTEOUS IN OUR OWN STRENGTH

  • The mystery of the New Birth- Born from Above, of Spiritual Seed- v.9, a mystery- John 3:3-5
  • If you abide in Him (new birth); you will not abide in sin (continual sin) v.7,8 shows difference
  • If you have hope in Jesus- that hope will be a purifying influence, & Christ the power- v.2,3

B. TO HAVE RIGHTEOUSNESS, ONE MUST LOVE THE BRETHREN IN THE SPECIAL WAY DESCRIBED BY GOD! v.10-24 

  • The proof of Righteousness is not Perfection! (being right), but HAVING LOVE! v.14- life/death
  • We see God's love in His gift for us- v.16 & see righteousness in humans in compassion- v.17
  • We love in Deed & Truth- v.18, then we have confidence before God- v.21 & can know- 24

C. TO HAVE RIGHTEOUSNESS, ONE MUST BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE FALSE TEACHERS - 4:1-6 NOTE CAREFULLY!

  • If you are righteous, you must be in opposition to falsehood - v.1 -try every spirit
  • You cannot be loyal to God & not know the difference between spirit of truth & error - v.6
  • You have to make a decision- will it be for God or Satan?  Can YOU claim v.4 - Then do so!

God does not ask us to do the impossible- but He comes within us to give us Victory- Let Him!

III. GOD IS LOVE! 4:7-5:21 TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM, WALK IN THAT LOVE!

This is the most lofty concept - yet is 1st taught in our youngest Sunday School class- & needed by eldest.

A. THE BEST PICTURE OF GOD IN ONE WORD IS "LOVE"! AND HE GIVES THAT LOVE TO US TO EXERCISE-7-16

  • The very motive for our lives is given to us by God- v.8, if you don't know this -you are dead
  • God has demonstrated His love v.10-not from us, but to us!  Jesus died for you & me - Accept it!
  • If God loves us- we ought to love each other- v.7 This shows if we are really Born of God!

B. TO HAVE JOYFUL FELLOWSHIP- WE MUST EXERCISE THAT LOVE THAT GOD GIVES TO US!  v. 17 We are in the world.

  • 1:10 warns us of lying, & again warned- 4:20, you cannot fool God!  Can't fool each other - Self?
  • Being born of God- showing this love- v.17 gives us great boldness in Judgement- are you bold?
  • Real love casts out Fear, Jealousy, Hurt Feelings,- & helps a person feel good! v.19 & be good

C. TO HAVE REAL ASSURANCE & CONFIDENCE, WE MUST WALK IN THE POWER OF GOD'S LOVE! 5:1-

  • If we love the Almighty God- Father- we must love His Sons & Daughters- for they are His- 1,2
  • The only way we can be victorious over the world & its hate- v.4 -be Born of God!  Are you?
  • This Witness we know- echoed v.13,15,18,20- all found in God's gift of Love -1st Christmas

With all this great opportunity to Joy & Power- John the Beloved warns us- v.21 -keep from idols.  The theme of this book- is that YOU might have Joy!  If you don't - YOU ARE NOT IN HIS WILL!

THE JOY OF THE LORD BELONGS TO THOSE WHO BELONG TO HIM!  TO MISS IT YOU MUST BE UNSAVED, OR NOT OBEDIENT!

  • Will you truly believe in Jesus Christ- be Born Again!  Accept what God has provided for you?
  • Will you let God build within your life- His Light, Righteousness, Love! - this leads to Joy
  • When you have this, you have truly overcome the wicked one!  & have real JOY!