So, I turned to the verses for this week and what did I find? John talking about old commands that were new and new commands that were old. I have said that John uses both artistry and literary style, well here is another slice of that.
7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (1 John 2:7-11–ESV)
I pulled out my small legal pad and took notes and walked around thinking about it. Tricky, or maybe I should say Tricksie? Not figuring this out I dove out into commentaries. I landed on the desiringgod.org page. John Piper, yeah, another John really answered the questions that I had. Here is the link to his page. Jump on over there for there are great things to learn from studying that.