Love: The Supporting
The church is
about to become effective in the world but the
church's effectiveness is going to be based on
their ability to function as the complete (mature)
body of Christ.
Ephesians 4:16, "From him
the whole body, joined and held together by every
ligament, grows and builds itself up
in love as each part does its
Love holds the body of many
Love enables the variety of
parts to move together.
Love is the condition
in the church that will allow it to function at a
complete level, or at full capacity, or as a
mature fruitful body.
Division in the Body of
Ministries and churches
fragment and divide constantly in the
Each group or camp within the body of
Christ leaves the other because they believe that
other group is in error.
commanded in scripture to divide from the
Can all these different groups and divisions
truly call each other the enemy and still be
scripturally accurate? Yes, sometimes:
Divisions are necessary to preserve
the truth and purpose of the church:
Corinthians 11:19, "No doubt there have to be
differences among you to show which of you have
God's approval." (NIV)
("For there must also be factions among
you, in order that those who are approved may have
become evident among you." NAS)
People can become divisive in the
body. They cause division for unscriptural
Romans 16:17, "I urge you
brothers, to watch out (Gr. "tag with a
sign," "skopein") for those who cause
divisions and put obstacles in your way that are
contrary to the
teaching you have
learned. Keep away from them."
are divisions among
Some are different but not
1. Different Calling. . .
. as with Peter, called to the
Jews/Paul, called to the Gentiles; Paul, called to
be an apostle, evangelist/Barnabas, called to
be a pastor/encourager. This can not be
allowed to cause destructive
2. Different Maturity Level .
. . .as in Romans 14:1, "Accept him
whos faith is weak with out passing judgment on
disputable matters." This is a poor
excuse for division. This is the body
("Accept" means to "receive
to one's self. It is used of God receiving
or helping man and of
men recieving others into
fellowship or companionship.")
Some are believers
(saved) but are wrong:
3. Worldly . . . .as in ignoring the righteous
standard of God. (1 Co.5:11, ". . .not to
associate with any so called brother. .
4. Deceived . . . .as in ignoring the
truth in the revelation of God. (1 John 10,
"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this
teaching, do not receive him into your house, and
do not give him a greeting."
Some are "enemies"
within the church
5. Non believers within the church as in
Acts 20:29-31, "I know that after my departure
savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing
the flock; and from among your own selves
men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw
away the disciples after them. Therefore be
on the alert. . ."
Some are outside the
6. Non-believers who make no claim to the
church as referred to in 1 Corinthians 5:12,
"For what do I have to do with judging
outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within
the church?" (NAS)
The Three Classes in 1 John
#1. . .Dealing with
Brothers/Sisters that are different:
2:1-14, Love for the brothers who have a different
calling or a different maturity level. Point:
Verse 4 and 9 - if a man says "I am mature" but
does not accept his brother, he is still immature
and still stumbling in the darkness while trying
Point: John writes this command to
the spiritual children, spiritual young men and
spiritual old men.
#2. . .Dealing with
Brothers/Sisters that are wrong: 1 John 2:15-17,
Do not love or accept the ways of the world.
Motivation Destination Activation
Cravings of sinful
Stomach is their
Serve their appetite
Glory is in their
#3. . .Dealing with the
1 John 2: 18-27, vs.18, "last hour" has
no article "the" in Greek meaning it is referring
to the general quality of the time when it
arrives. It does not say, "right now, at
this time, this
is the last hour." It is
saying "the last hour will be like this. .
"antichrist" has no article "the" in the
Greek. This means this reference is not
talking about "The Antichrist" that is to
come. It also refers to the quality and
character of the
"even now many antichrists have
come" is a reference to John's time, "even
"This is how we know this is the last
hour." How?? There will be an increase
in the character of the antichrist in the
world. The quality of the last hour is that
there will be an increase in the character of the
vs. 19, "their going showed" is
the one Greek word "phaneron" which means:
"evident, plain, known, to manifest, to reveal, to
bring to light."
b- here it is aorist, passive
subjunctive. Subjunctive is the purpose
clause and means there was a purpose for their
going. The heretics (enemies) went
own their own volition but God let them go out all
the way further and
further from the truth to
unmask their counterfeit faith and teaching.
c- Their going was their unmasking or the
revealing of their error.
Who is the
1) One who opposes the results of the
message of Christ
Alexander in 2 Timothy 4:14,15 and Acts 19:23-28
-Do a great deal of harm.
. . . . . is effective
-Lord will repay them. .
. . . . . . .no human revenge
them. . . . . . . . . .need human protection
. . . . . . . . .need to expose them
oppose the message because of the results that
b) Acts 13:10, the devil is the
enemy of all righteousness
2) One who sides with the results with out
brothers, 2 Corinthians 11:26
Deceivers with out the message go into the
world 2 John 7
c) Imitators 2 John
d) From the church, but did not belong to the
church, 1 John 2:18-19
The enemy opposes
righteousness and so is. . . . . . . . .
The enemy promotes false
righteousness and so is. . . . .
"good" (evil, human good w/o
Luke 19:11, 2
Timothy 2:11,12, Revelation 2:26-27, Revelation
19:16, Revelation 20:4-6
1) 1 Cor.
9:25, Incorruptible Crown . . . . .Certified
as having: "Mastery over Sin Nature"
2) 2 Tim.
4:8, Crown of Righteousness. . .Certified as:
"Living Righteously & Looking for Return of
3) James 1:12, Crown of Life. . . . . .
. . . . . .Certified as having: "Endured Trials as
you Proceed in God's Plan"
4) 1 Thes.2:19,
Crown of Rejoicing. . . . . . Certified to have:
"Influence over others: Fruitful"
5) 1 Peter
5:2-3, Crown of Glory. . . . . . . . Certified as
having: "Fulfilled Your Purpose in God's