1 John 2:24-27 - Abide In What You Have Heard
Our text this morning is 1 John 2:24-27,
Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.
I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.
We All Need This Message...
There was a farmer who was raising pigs. Each day the farmer would go out to feed the pigs and call for them. However, because of an illness the farmer could no longer call out to the pigs so he began to hit two boards together and the pigs learned to come to eat at that sound.
However, over time the pigs began to look skinny and sickly. The farmer could not tell what was causing the pigs to be sick. His neighbors began to ask the farmer what was wrong with the pigs. He called the veterinarian to come out and look at the heard and even he could not diagnose the problem.
Over time, however, the farmer began to notice that the pigs would run from one end of the field to the other. The farmer eventually figured out that woodpeckers had moved into the area and the noises that they made while they were pecking at the trees were confusing the pigs and sent them running to wherever they heard the noises believing that they were going to be fed. The end result, was that these pigs were losing weight and becoming sick.
Similarly, many believers can be found running here and there to be fed spiritually. There are so many who scurry around from one speaker to another, from one event and conference to another expecting to receive some new life changing word. Instead of getting better, they actually get worse like that heard of pigs. These believers hear a similar word to that which they had heard in the beginning and they are sent scurrying off in all sorts of directions. John, however, says, “Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you.”
Biblical examples of this threat
In the letter to the Corinthians Paul addressed a problem that he had observed among them. Like the pig farmer, Paul had observed that the people in this church were scurrying around everywhere listening to things that they should not have. He says to them, “For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.” Paul knew that this is not a sign of health in believers when this done.
This also happened to the church in Galatia. When Paul hears about what is going on in that church he is astonished. He says, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ, But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”
There is only one true gospel. Every other ‘gospel’ is a counterfeit. There is only one gospel that can provide reconciliation with the LORD and promise eternal life.
Let’s look at 1 John 2:24-25, “Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.”
1 John 2:24-25 contains three things that we will consider.
First, the message we are to abide in.
Secondly, the command to let it abide in you.
Thirdly, abiding deepens intimacy with the Son and the Father and a believer grows in assurance of the promise given – eternal life.
First, let us consider the message that must abide in a believer
The truth concerning who Jesus is and what His message was should not be a mystery to believers. Yet there seems to be so much confusion about these very things (Mark 8:27-30).
There is a story in John 10:24-25 that might be helpful to consider. Jesus is in Jerusalem at the feast of Dedication when He is surrounded by the Jews. They ask, ’How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” They believe that Jesus has not been clear, that He has been beating around the bush, and that he has been letting these topics remain murky.
Jesus answered them, ‘I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.
The confusion around these things was not because Jesus’ had not been teaching plainly but because of their unbelief. The people were full of suspense when the answer had already been given to them. The evidence had already been presented and their unbelieving hearts could not receive it.