1 John 1:1-4 - Transcript used for Sunday's service
As you come to the end of David’s life you find that one of his son’s, Adonijah, sets himself us to be king. In 1 Kings 1:5 we read, “Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, ‘I will be king.’”
In 1 Kings 1:7 we find that Adonijah rallied other people to help him in his cause.
There were other men in 1 Kings 1 who saw what was happening with Adonijah and defended the throne of David against this move. Men like Zadok the priest, Benaiah, Nathan the prophet and Shimei and Rei and David’s mighty men were not part of this plot. (1 Kings 1:8 – But Zadok the priest and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and Nathan the prophet and Shimei and Rei and David’s mighty men were not with Adonijah.)
The apostle John, like Zadok, Benaiah, Nathan, Shimei, and Rei, is a man who writes to these Christians to ensure that they continue to exalt Christ Jesus as the Lord and King who is to be exalted above all other things.
He writes so that any idol would be removed and he writes to exalt Christ. He writes these believers that they might be more confident in who the King truly is. They are to guard against any idol that would seek to have that sacred and holy spot other than Christ Himself. We see this clearly in the way that John writes in 1 John 5:20-21,
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
We will be reminded this morning that we are to worship Jesus Christ alone as He sits upon His throne forever. We will be reminded that the Son of God has come so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. Seeing Christ more clearly then we will act quickly and decisively to pull down any idol that has been exalted above Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 – For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ...
Our text will be 1 John 1:1-4,
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
J.I. Packer said, “Real Christianity has in the past been conceived in terms of orthodoxy, orthopraxy, churchmanship, sacramentalism, syncretism, and various other things...but it is best defined in terms of communion with God – more precisely still, communion with the triune LORD through Jesus Christ the mediator.”
There are countless things that can come to define what we believe to be ‘real Christianity’. Packer does not just give us one example of what some may consider ‘real Christianity’ to be; but he gives us five things to consider.
In fact, Packer goes on to say that ‘realChristianity’ can be defined by ‘various other things’. There are countless (innumerable, endless, a myriad of) things that we can place our faith in rather than in Jesus Christ alone.
Yesterday it was these idols.
Today it is these particular idols.
Tomorrow there will be new idols that we are drawn too.
We would be wise to search our heart to discover what our heart is drawn to trust in and worship each day.
Spurgeon was concerned with this...
Spurgeon gives this warning, “