See commentary 1John chapter 2
1. Definition: Sinless consistency is the condition of reflecting Christís righteousness based on the control of Divine truth in the soul. Psalm 119:11; 1 John 2:1
2. When Godís word is allowed to govern the soul, a total protection is provided in all three areas of oneís daily life. Prov 6:22
3. Godís word as a living and powerful influence in the soul (Heb. 4:12), provides the believerís self-consciousness (ego) with light viewpoint in order to avoid the darkness viewpoint of the sin nature. Prov. 6:23; Job 29:3; Psalm 119:105
4. Fellowship with God is defined as having a functional knowledge of the character of Christ. 1 John 1:1-4
A. Verse 3: If we learn and apply the standards
of Christís life (love) then we have fellowship with the Father
1. 1 John 2:5-1
5. Abiding in Him, walking in the light, and
fellowship - all describe the same experience of living by the
A. Fellowship (koinonia): emphasizes communion,
association and partnership.
6. The command to abide in Him is the command to let truth govern the soul. 1 John 2:27; 3:24
7. The believer must choose to walk in that light of divine truth in order to have fellowship with God. 1Jn 1:7.
8. The one who chooses to give truth that governing reign in his life will experience fellowship abiding in Christ. 1 Jn 2:24
9. This is the promise of eternal life - category BLESSINGS IN TIME: 1 John 2:25
A. John 10:10, life AND abundance
10. As long as the believer allows truth to make the decisions in his life, he will continue to abide in Christ and will not sin. 1 John 3:6.
11. But when the believer chooses to disregard the divine viewpoint influence and standards of truth, at that moment of time he ceases to abide in Christ and immediately comes under the authority and influence of the sin nature, and he will commit sin. James 1:14-15; Romans 6:12
12. The functional reign of the sin nature in the believerís life interrupts the continuity of experientially knowing and focusing on Christ. 1 John 1:3; 2:3-4; 3:6b. Thus there is no communion and rapport.
13. This results in FUNCTIONAL death as described at
Romans 8:6, 13 and 1 John 3:14.
14. The functional reign of the sin nature is called, walking in darkness at 1 John 1:6.
A. Loving the world at 1 John 2:15-16: the choice to
place greater value on the darkness lifestyle (the things of the world)
shuts down the function of love in the believerís life.
15. The functional reign of truth , which produces a
reflection of Christís love and righteousness, is called sanctification.
1 Thes. 4:3-12
16. If the believer is abiding in Him at the time of
Christís return, he will have confidence and no shame in His presence
because no sin will be in the life. 1 John 2:28 This is the issue of being
BLAMELESS and SPOTLESS.
17. Fellowship abiding in Christ during the church age is dependent on the functional presence of the Holy Spirit.
A. Since the Spirit indwells the believer, it is
necessary to function under His reign in order to maintain fellowship with
God. Galatians 5:25.
1. Itís the same thing as rejecting the influence of
divine viewpoint in the soul.
H. Rejecting the reign of the Holy Spirit is called grieving or quenching.
1. Ephesians 4:30: Grieving (making sad) the Spirit
through rejection of divine viewpoint concerning temptation to mental
I. The command to be filled with the Spirit (Eph.
5:18) exhorts the believer to maintain submission to the
J. At any given point of time, the choice is either to submit to the controlling reign of the Holy Spirit BY USING DIVING TRUTH, or to submit to the negative influence of the sin nature. All the commands that tell us ďnot to sinĒ are reminding us of this choice. Basically - 1 Peter 2:11, ABSTAIN form the fleshly lusts.
K. The decision to submit expresses a general mental attitude of ALLEGIANCE - either to God or to the sin nature.
L. When you refuse to be led by the Holy Spirit by choosing to ďNOTĒ use truth, you quench Him, take yourself out of abiding in Christ, AND put yourself under the rebellious reign of the sin nature.
M. Once under the control of the sin nature, you immediately commit some specific mental attitude sin related to the temptation.
N. And this immediately results in functional death:
The loss of rapport and fellowship with God.
O. The issue after that is whether the specific sin remains mental, or fragments into verbal and/or overt sins. Heb. 12:15
P. When you respond to the reign of the Holy Spirit, the result is character consistency and the experience of the abundant life of peace and joy. Galatians 5:22-223; Romans 8:6, 13
Q. Thus, the believer will experience fellowship and
rapport (2 Cor. 13:14 and Philip. 2:1)
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