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 Spec. Pamphlet 1582 1 John kc 2-1

Therefore, seeing that we are in the last days...

If we say we have not sinned then we make God a liar and His Word is not in us. How could it be when the Word of God says we are all sinners?

1 John 1:10
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
There is a difference however in being a sinner, such as one who falls short even if it is many times, and being what is defined as an "habitual sinner" which is one who continues to sin while remaining indifferent to the consequences, i.e. does nothing about it like "confessing it" to Him who has the power to forgive!  Remember what John said in 1 Jn. 1:9? We are forgiven, i.e. become sinless, ONLY... "IF we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 2:1
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
First of all, we must understand to whom "these things" John is writing are addressed! You see, John is writing specifically to the "Little Children". This phrase in the Greek language is a term of endearment and as the Companion Bible points out, it is used "7 Times" in this epistle. Those of you with an understanding of Biblical numerics know that "7" is the number of Spiritual Perfection which lets those who have eyes to see and ears to hear know that this is specifically addressed to God's Elect. Let's take a quick look at the characteristics of these "little children" in this 2nd chapter:
[12] ... little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.

[13] ... little children, because ye have known the Father.

[18] ... Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

[28] ... little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at his coming.

Here is a breakdown of what we have concerning these "little children":

[12-13] These "dear ones" have known the Father (even "from the beginning", a phrase we will see often in this chapter), and we know that God's elect were "justified" before the foundation of this world according to Romans chapter 8.

[18] These "little children" of "the last time" KNOW that "antichrist", is coming", "WHEREBY they KNOW that we are in the last days"! No other generation, until ours in this 21st. century, could actually document the end times. They could only speculate.

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[29] They know to "Stay in His Word" (abide in Him) because they KNOW that those who do not abide in Him, i.e. those who are Biblically illiterate, will not have the "confidence" to remain virgins and consequently they will be as the first woman "taken" in the field, i.e. they will be seduced by the soon coming spurious messiah and will be so ASHAMED at Christ's (the true Bridegroom's) coming, when, as it is written, they will wish "the mountains to fall on them" rather than face Him (Lk. 23:30, Rev. 6:16).

Therefore, seeing that we are in the last days, if you are one of God's Elect, a "little one", then pay very close attention to these letters of John for as we have seen they are specifically written to you. With that in mind, let's re-read verse 1:

1 John 2:1
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
"Dear God's Elect, do not blatantly and habitually transgress the laws of God". (John will write in vs. 3:4 that "sin is the transgression of the law"). The phrase "that ye sin not" means to "habitually" sin which is really to sin without regard, i.e. without repentance.

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We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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