This is an in-depth study on 1 John, which was written to assure the believers that they do have the truth of who God is and that they can be sure of their salvation. This study is 9 hours long (recorded in 2012). This is worth 1 Bible CEU.

 

1 John Notes (391.29 KB)

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1 John 1:1-2
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1 John 1:3-2:2
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1 John 2:3-11
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1 John 2:12-27
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1 John 2:28-3:10
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1 John 3:11-24
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1 John 4:1-5:4a
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1 John 5:4b-12
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1 John 5:13-21
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This is a simple book about fellowship with God. Yet John strongly emphasizes very challenging ideas about what truly is faith in and fellowship with God. John stresses that there are certain nonnegotiable, basic doctrines that must be held, real actions that must be manifested in genuine love, and attitudes of reverence toward Jesus Christ and obedience to Him that are required to have fellowship with God.

The purpose of 1 John is to refute the teachings of the false teachers, but, most importantly, John wants to assure the believers that they do have the truth of who God is and that they can be sure of their salvation. The purpose statement is found in 1 Jn. 5:13: “I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” John is writing to believers to assure them that they do have eternal life, which is neither secretive nor earned.

For John there are two basic components to assurance, both of which are repeatedly emphasized throughout the epistle. First is obedience to God (1 Jn. 3:33-24), which means believing in Jesus Christ as the God-man and showing love to the fellow believers. Second, God has given His Holy Spirit to the believers, which testifies to them that they belong to the Father (1 Jn. 4:13).

John is emphasizing obedience because false teachers have come into the community, teaching false doctrines about God and Jesus and living lives that are not glorifying to God since morality is not important to them. These teachers are opponents of Jesus Christ, and John says they do not really belong to the body (1 Jn. 2:18-19, 4:1).