In an effort to rouse confidence in God’s promise of salvation, John explains some essential truths about the nature of God, Jesus, and us. In comments from 1 John 1:1-4 we learned that John spoke of his experience of the message. In verses 5-7 he discusses the content of theContinue Reading

By the time John wrote his epistle, errors regarding what it meant to be Christian were threatening the Church. So with a pastor’s heart, he writes to encourage readers that we can have assurance of salvation based upon bringing our lives under the scrutiny of three tests: Obeying God (moral)Continue Reading

This begins a series of studies in John’s first epistle, which is close to my heart for many reasons. Soon after I became a believer my first bible memory verses were taken from 1 John. Second, my “baby” Greek studies involved translating passages from 1 John. Third, I’ve read manyContinue Reading

[REPOSTED from September, 2010] As I stated at the beginning of this series, John’s pastoral heart sets out to protect, correct, and connect. He seeks to protect us from false teachings about the person of Jesus; to correct anyone who claims obedience is not important; and to connect us toContinue Reading

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifiesContinue Reading

Having just summed up all three tests for authentic Christianity (5:1-5), John emphasizes the doctrinal test again in 5:6-10. As he moves toward the end of his letter, John stresses belief in Jesus because he wants to show the priority of belief in Jesus as God’s full and final testimonyContinue Reading

John moves from right belief about Jesus (1 Jn. 4:1-6) to right conduct toward one another (1 Jn. 4:7-21). For the third time he commands us to love one another (cf., 1 Jn. 2:7-11; 3:11-18). The word “love” occurs twenty-seven times in this passage. In between admonishments to love one another, JohnContinue Reading

Throughout 1 John three tests are applied to identify authentic Christianity: In this passage, the doctrinal test is applied. After acknowledging the presence of God’s Spirit (3:24), John exhorts us not to be caught off-guard by false spirits. Believers are commanded to test the claims of other spirits (4:1), givenContinue Reading