1 John 5:13-21 “Confident in Jesus”

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in

John’s First Epistle here comes to its conclusion, emphasizing yet again that recipients of the Apostolic faith have every reason for confidence.  He even states that he wrote the letter that they might be confident in their possession of eternal life (5:13).  This confidence affects our prayers.  We know that Christ answers every prayer that […]

John's First Epistle here comes to its conclusion, emphasizing yet again that recipients of the Apostolic faith have every reason for confidence.  He even states that he wrote the letter…

1 John 5:1-12 “We Overcome by Believing”

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in

This letter of First John teaches us that, while we live in the world, Satan’s army continually assaults the Church with false teaching, exacerbating the struggle of life, making us feel overwhelmed by sin, brokenness, doubts, and fears of death.  But this letter is also filled with hope and instruction – we have already overcome […]

1 John 4:7-21 “The Confidence to Love”

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in

False prophets had shaken the faith of the Christians that had received this letter.  But the Apostle John reminds them that they had every confidence.  God had displayed the love He had for them by sending His Son (i.e., God’s love for us).  He also continues to love us by sending us the Spirit, who […]

False prophets had shaken the faith of the Christians that had received this letter.  But the Apostle John reminds them that they had every confidence.  God had displayed the love…

1 John 4:1-6 “Testing the Spirits”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in

Though Christians commonly think we need to move beyond having doctrinal differences, John informs us that this is an impossible task.  We are in the last hour (2:18), so we need to constantly test those that come to us, claiming to teach God’s word.  Though Satan is mortally wounded, he is still a great danger; […]

Though Christians commonly think we need to move beyond having doctrinal differences, John informs us that this is an impossible task.  We are in the last hour (2:18), so we…

1 John 3:11-24 “Comforted by Our Love for the Church”

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in

John’s writings are characterized by an “eschatological perspective,” i.e., he speaks of people as they are related to their ultimate destinations – heaven & hell.  This means that all people are recipients of either truth or lies, standing in light or in darkness, in a state of life or death, filled with love or hatred, […]

1 John 2:28-3:10 “Abiding as God’s Children”

Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in

False teachers were trying to upset the faith and confidence of John’s audience, which was composed of one or more churches.  In this letter, John provides the church(es) with great comfort and reassurance in a number of ways.  In this text, he focuses on the fact that they were born again in the past, are […]

1 John 2:18-27 “Hold Fast in this Last Hour”

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013 in

It’s common to hear well-intentioned Christians look at current events in our world and say, “We’re definitely in the last days.”  The Apostle John would agree with that sentiment, but he would add to it, saying “We’ve been in the last days (or ‘the last hour’) ever since Christ ascended to Heaven and poured out […]

1 John 2:7-17 “The Light Changes Your Life”

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in

The course of history changed when Christ, the Light of the World, first appeared.  He brought truth and light to bear upon this sinful world.  Then, having ascended into Heaven, He diffused this light by sending forth His Holy Spirit, Who creates a new kind of people, those that belong in the light and keep […]

1 John 2:1-6 “Obedience to Your Savior”

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in

One of the great purposes of John’s letter is that this troubled church obey Christ’s commandments (cf. 1 John 1:4; 5:13), a great calling for Christians.  John reassures them that their regard for Christ’s law was further proof that they know Him.  They weren’t to expect perfect obedience (cf. 1 John 1:6,8,10) but a sincere […]

1 John 1:5-10 “Living in the Truth”

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in

John is especially concerned that his audience, which has been battered by false teaching, walks in truth and light.  Whereas many assume that this is all about obedience to the Law, John clarifies that this is, first and foremost, about confessing one’s sins in faith and receiving the blessing of forgiveness.  The wonderful news is […]

John is especially concerned that his audience, which has been battered by false teaching, walks in truth and light.  Whereas many assume that this is all about obedience to the…