The Test of Knowing God

KNOWING GOD1 John – Chapter 2

This chapter covers very practical teachings for knowing God. It will help you to develop your relationship with God and to live a victorious Christian life.

1 John 2:1-2 – Jesus Is Your Defense Lawyer

John explained the importance of acknowledging and confessing your sins to receive forgiveness. Now he describes Jesus’ present ministry. This is in addition to what He accomplished by His death, burial and resurrection.

The New Testament is full of Scriptures describing the benefits of being in Christ. John shows us that today Jesus is your defense lawyer with the Father. He is the propitiation for your sins and for those of the whole world.

The implication is that you may still sin but Jesus will gain favor for you by making intercession with the Father (Hebrews 7:25, 9:24). However, you must engage His intervention on your behalf by confessing your sin.

1 John 2:3-8 – Obedience Is the Test of Knowing God

Jesus said that those who love Him would keep His commandments (John 14:21, 23). Our obedience is the evidence of our love for God. Obedience is walking in the light we have. It is our fellowship with Him (1 John 1:7).

This epistle repeats many times the verb “to know” God. The Greek word used is “ginosko” which implies an experiential knowledge, not an intellectual one. That knowing comes from personal interaction. The test of knowing God, rather than just knowing about God, is your obedience to His Word. Here, John gives a new description of the cleansing process of the previous chapter (1 John 1:6-7):

  1. You know the Word
  2. You apply it to your life,
  3. The Word makes you aware of how your walk differs from God’s direction.
  4. Your fellowship with God suffers.
  5. Because you love God, you recognize and confess your disobedience.
  6. This process cleans your heart from the darkness that was in you
  7. You grow in God’s light

1 John 2:9-11 – Loving Your Brother

Here we see how to walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6, 1 Pet 2:21). Jesus loved us. He commands us to love one another (John 13:34-35, 15:12,17). Our obedience to His command is the evidence of our relationship with Him.

On the other hand, hating our brothers show that we are in disobedience. Then we are deceived about our spiritual condition (1 John 2:9-11).

1 John 2:12-14 – Understanding the Phases of Our Spiritual Growth

John uses a metaphor to make us understand the phases of our spiritual growth. There is a parallel between our spiritual and our natural physical and emotional development (1 John 2:12-14). I have discussed this parallel in detail in the Discipleship Meetings. Now, I will summarize these concepts for the benefit of those who did not attend these meetings.

Characteristics of Phases of Spiritual Growth

  1. Infants
    • Just born again – forgiven
    • Ignorant about the Word, not much understanding (1 Pet 2:2-3)
    • Messy – still in the old habits
    • Incapable of taking care of self, dependent on others.
  2. Children
    • Spiritually immature
    • Self-centered
    • Naïve, not-realistic
    • Need guidance, encouragement and comfort
  3. Young Men
    • Spiritual strength
    • Victory over temptations
    • Serving others
    • More stable
  4. Fathers
    • Reproduce others disciples
    • Can feed themselves with the Word
    • Work in ministry team

These concepts can help you to understand:

  • your spiritual level of development
  • other believers’ behavior
  • what to expect from others according to their level of development
  • how to relate to them

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Pastor Maurizio

About Pastor Maurizio

Maurizio Mingardi, in 1972, had an encounter with God that totally changed his life. From a scientist doing research in Quantum Mechanics and an atheist, Maurizio became a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then a spiritual journey began. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and later started Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn in Ottawa, Ontario. Maurizio has been in the ministry for more than 30 years and is presently the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Church. He has also filled a number of executive positions in public and religious organizations. He has been elected President of the Evangelical Church Alliance Ministerial Fellowship of Canada. His goal is to help people to know God, discover and use their gifts and fulfill their destiny.
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One Response to The Test of Knowing God

  1. Liliane6600 says:

    1 John is such a useful and practical book to our spiritual growth. The genuineness of Christianity touches (1) our belief in God, the Trinity, the Word; (2) our obedience to His commandments and to the Word; (3) our love for one another. It`s easy for someone to say “I’m a Christian”. But obedience and love (love encompasses obedience) are the true tests. Often, we may think we are loving but it’s the little things, such as, for example, “gossiping”, or holding on to a “hurt” (and therefore unforgiveness), that hinder our growth.

    What’s great is the fact that the closer our relationship is with God, the more loving we become because God is love!

    Let`s walk in the light so we may repent and correct any areas that require correction!

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