Christ's blood is the cleansing mean, whereby gradually, being already justified and in fellowship with God, we become clean from all sin which would mar our fellowship with God. Bultmann, The Johannine Epistles, 61-62, and Marshall, The Epistles of John, 204, n.3. This seminary-level study retains its depth and uses an engaging interactive format. 1 John 1:1-10 . "Through Christ God closes up the chasm that separated Him from the human race, and imparts Himself to them in the communion of the divine life" [NEANDER]. (3-11) Christians addressed as little children, young men, and fathers. John contrasts these attacks of the Christian faith with the facts of salvation. 9. confess--with the lips, speaking from a contrite heart; involving also confession to our fellow men of offenses committed against them. of Further references are made by Irenaeus (around 140 to 202 AC), Clemens of Alexandria (around 150 to 215 AC), Tertullian (around 160 to 220 AC), Papias (around 65 to 150 AC according to Eusebius) and the Muratori Canon (end of 2nd century). the before-mentioned ( 1 John 1:1 ) life which was with the Father "from the beginning" (compare John 1:1 ). This is why some have suggested that it is no epistle but a written sermon (or homily) or tract. DISTINGUISHING MARKS OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND THE CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL. 2:18-23), the incarnation of the Eternal Son (chap. As the Epistle begins, so it ends with "eternal life," which we shall ever enjoy with, and in, Him who is "the life eternal." he--God. seen . Thus the antithesis is between "we" (apostles and eye-witnesses) and "your." have fellowship with him--( 1 John 1:3 ). (24-29) "The truth respecting God's holiness and our sinfulness, which is the very first spark of light in us, has no place in us" [ALFORD]. we have not sinned--referring to the commission of actual sins, even after regeneration and conversion; whereas in 1 John 1:8 , "we have no sin," refers to the present GUILT remaining (until cleansed) from the actual sins committed, and to the SIN of our corrupt old nature still adhering to us. hands . The first verses of the Epistle show a certain parallelism with the opening statements of John's gospel. Both characteristics of God stand always in total agreement to each other. Each localchurch had its leaders who were the ‘elders’. Contrast the wisest of the heathen feeling after (the same Greek as here; groping after WITH THE HANDS") if haply they might find God (see Acts 17:27 ). Bible Commentaries. (chap. 3:6). He that is born of God sinneth not, 1 John 5:18. 1. 8. As all material life and growth depends on light, so all spiritual life and growth depends on GOD. Nothing was made without the Word. That which was--not "began to be," but was essentially (Greek, "een," not "egeneto") before He was manifested ( 1 John 1:2 ); answering to "Him that is from the beginning" ( 1 John 2:13 ); so John's Gospel, John 1:1 , "In the beginning was the Word." Christ, like us, walked in the light ( 1 John 2:6 ). The authority of manuscripts and versions on both sides here is almost evenly balanced. Although the First Epistle of John does not bear any author's name it was never seriously doubted that the apostle John is the author of this epistle as well as of the fourth gospel. (1a) Introduction. that we have no sin--"HAVE," not "have had," must refer not to the past sinful life while unconverted, but to the present state wherein believers have sin even still. "They who defend their sins, will see in the great day whether their sins can defend them." It is possible that "your" may be a correction of transcribers to make this verse harmonize with John 15:11 , 16:24 ; however, as John often repeats favorite phrases, he may do so here, so "your" may be from himself. 5:11.12). (Compare John 4:36 , end; Philippians 2:2 , "Fulfil ye my joy," Philippians 2:16 , 4:1 , 2 John 1:8 ). 2:1.12.28; 3:7.18; 4:4; 5:21; Greek teknion: properly "dear child") and "little children" (chap. Compare Ephesians 5:8 Ephesians 5:11-14 . the truth--( 1 John 2:4 ). Terms such as. Compare John 13:10 , Greek, "He that has been bathed, needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit." Gospel of John - Verse-by-verse Bible study and in-depth commentary of the Book of John in plain English for everyone to understand. The sentence begun in 1 John 1:1 is broken off by the parenthetic 1 John 1:2 , and is resumed at 1 John 1:3 with the repetition of some words from 1 John 1:1 . He tells them that Christ the Eternal Son of God, the eternal life Himself, has come and that those who believe on Him receive eternal life and the sonship of God. But the believer hates, confesses, and longs to be delivered from all sin, which is darkness. Both parts of the sentence are identical in contents and therefore reversible for they are divine principles. The First Epistle of John shows the revelation of this life in those who believe in the Son of God. "Heard" is the verb most applying to the purpose of the Epistle, namely the truth which John had heard concerning the Word of life, that is, (Christ) the Word who is the life. There is no middle road for John between light and darkness, truth and lie, life and death. John said, that which we have seen and heard we declare. “John Knox, on his death-bed in 1572, asked his wife to read to him John 17, ‘where’, he said, ‘I cast my first anchor.’” (Bruce) A. Jesus prays concerning Himself. Our rejection of "His word" in respect to our being sinners, implies as the consequence our rejection of His word and will revealed in the .law and Gospel as a whole; for these throughout rest on the fact that we have sinned, and have sin. Both statements of this sentence are entirely congruent (identical) as from God's viewpoint. i. If sin is inevitable for us, it is not because God has decreed that we must sin. It could meanthat the person was old. To confess our need of cleansing from present sin is essential to "walking in the light"; so far is the presence of some sin incompatible with our in the main "walking in light." b. The Word was with God and was truly God. The first speaks of God's holiness, truth and righteousness and the second of His grace and mercy. 1 John 2:3-6 Rightly to know God is to keep his commandments,. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." . That which was --not "began to be," but was essentially ( Greek, " een, " not " egeneto ") before He was manifested ( 1 John 1:2 ); answering to "Him that is from the beginning " ( 1 John 2:13 ); so John's Gospel, John 1:1 , "In the beginning was the … Christ Himself is the source, object, and center of His people's joy (compare 1 John 1:3 , end); it is in fellowship with Him that we have joy, the fruit of faith. The two facts are the constant presence of the true Light, and the creation of the world by Him. and--as the result of "walking in the light, as He is in the light." Most researchers date the epistle towards the end of the first century that is between 90 and 100 AC (the Gospel of John is dated at around the same time). 1 John 4. Sin refers to the corruption of the old man still present in us, and the stain created by the actual sins flowing from that old nature in us. In addition, the Epistle contains a third expression indicating the relation between God and his children (chap. At the start of the letter, the writer calls himself the‘*elder’. we--apostles. The words of the psalmist do already point to it: "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other." All the resources for spiritual victory are ours in Jesus Christ and that resource is … There are three ways that we can use the word ‘*elder’. It is the beginning of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1, the beginning there was before there was anything, when all there existed was God. Words in boxes are from the Bible. True faith. and the power of Satan and the world. Appropriate to John's contemplative character. As the Son announced the message heard from the Father as His apostle, so the Son's apostles announce what they have heard from the Son. 1 Think about how much God the Father loves us. For example John writes: "Whosoever abides in him sins not: whosoever sins has not seen him, neither known him" (chap. Luke: Luke's Good News [or download in RTF format] A Bible text and commentary on Luke's Gospel. God's promises of mercy, to which He is faithful, are in accordance with His justice. Faith applies the cleansing, purifying blood. 2 Corinthians: God shows his Power when we are Weak - by Philip Smith. So 2 John 1:12 , "your" in oldest manuscripts. Some oldest manuscripts omit "Christ"; others retain it. that ye also may have fellowship with us--that ye also who have not seen, may have the fellowship with us which we who have seen enjoy; what that fellowship consists in he proceeds to state, "Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son." "WE WALK"; "God is (essentially in His very nature as 'the light,' 1 John 1:5 ) in the light." It also shows the features of this life in its practical realisation in the believers: righteousness and brotherly love. Light and love found their upmost development on the cross of Calvary. Hilda Bright. . John does not describe the practical life of every individual Christian (which life, sad to say, often differs from this) but he lays down divine principles (see paragraph 3.a. Seeing is a more convincing proof than hearing of; handling, than even seeing. A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. He Himself is ours; He in us and we in Him. From the very beginning the Word was with God. The perfect "have . ", Here both parts of the sentence are identical in contents. John nowhere uses the term "Gospel"; but the witness or testimony, the word, the truth, and here the message. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. THE WRITER'S AUTHORITY AS AN EYEWITNESS TO THE GOSPEL FACTS, HAVING SEEN, HEARD, AND HANDLED HIM WHO WAS FROM THE BEGINNING: HIS OBJECT IN WRITING: HIS MESSAGE. The author calls himself an eyewitness of Jesus' life (chapter 1:1-3) and expresses himself with the authority of a respected, elder spiritual leader. Romans: Paul's letter to the Romans - by Hilda Bright and Keith Simons. 2:13.18; Greek paidion: "little child") is striking. ... Study Guide for John 1 [A new version of this page can be found here] The Word and the Witness. 1 John 5, William Barclay's Daily Study Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, as set of 17 volumes on the New Testament, the result of Barclay's dedicated work show--Translate as in 1 John 1:3 , "declare" (compare 1 John 1:5 ). The practice of our lives of faith has to agree with our confession. The wide recognition in the early church does also confirm the above. 1 John 3 We are God's children. Read 1 John 5. Galatians: Christ has made us Free - by Helen Pocock Therefore he puts "of," or "concerning," before "the word of life," which is inapplicable to any of the verbs except "heard"; also "heard" is the only one of the verbs which he resumes at 1 John 1:5 . Thus only will the genuineness of our confession be seen. 4:1-3) and the necessity of a life of faith in practical righteousness and brotherly love. . www.easyenglish.bible. Compare 1 John 1:9 , "cleanse us from all unrighteousness," a further step besides "forgiving us our sins." sinned" brings down the commission of sins to the present time, not merely sins committed before, but since, conversion. 3:9). God does not make the believer sin. which--Greek, "the which." The world, then, in its highest creature man, with spiritual power for seeing the true Light, ought to have recognised Him. The Word of Life - In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Apostle John deals with his various main subjects (life eternal, brotherly love, practical righteousness) at times more than once in an extremely simple way of expression but with great solemnity. we make him a liar--a gradation; 1 John 1:6 , "we lie"; 1 John 1:8 , "we deceive ourselves"; worst of all, "we make Him a liar," by denying His word that all men are sinners (compare 1 John 5:10 ). It could mean that the people respected him as amature man. declare we unto you--Oldest manuscripts add also; unto you also who have not seen or heard Him. 5. Contents, style and language of these two books are very similar. . Without having fellowship with God there can be no true and Christian fellowship one with another (compare 1 John 1:3 ). Observe, "sin" is in the singular; "(confess our) sins" ( 1 John 1:9 ) in the plural. The apostle stresses invariability and certainty of the Christian message by the repeated expression "from the beginning" (chap. Acts: Good News for Everyone - by Marion Adams. Home >> Bible Studies >> 1, 2, and 3 John Studies >> 1 John 3:11-24 These small group studies of 1 John contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. WALKING in the light, the element in which God Himself is, constitutes the test of fellowship with Him. The logic of such a sentence is that it does not bear any similarity to a Christian's practical state. i. John previously rebuked the idea that we can become sinlessly perfect (1 John 1:8). Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: a. Jesus spoke these words: The Bible … The beginning of Genesis 1:1 is simple: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. It is rather a fundamental statement on the nature of a man born of God who is, therefore, able to live a life according to God. Many researchers, however, take the recipients to be among the Christians in Minor Asia; but the epistle bears a universal character. Seek all help and defence from evil, all happiness in the true God alone. The absolute statements of this epistle cause many a difficulty to the reader. just--Not merely the mercy, but the justice or righteousness of God is set forth in the redemption of the penitent believer in Christ. faithful--to His own promises; "true" to His word. 1:1; 2:7.13.14.24; 3:11; compare with 2 John 1:5-6). This section marks the beginning of the second major part of 1 John, 3:11–5:12.427 The present unit begins with the assertion au{th ejstiVn hJ ajggeliva (Jauth estin Jh angelia, translated by the NET Bible as “this is the gospel message”), which parallels the similar assertion of 1:5.428 The unit ends with 3:24, since 4:1-6 is one of only a few sections almost all … 7. My own dear children, that is, And, &c.--connected with the former; Furthermore, \"if any man sin,\" let him, while loathing and condemning it, not fear to go at once to God, the Judge, confessing it, for \"we have an Advocate with Him.\" He is speaking of a BELIEVER'S occasional sins of infirmity through Satan's fraud and malice. Although the First Epistle of John does not bear any author's name it was never seriously doubted that the apostle John is the author of this epistle as well as of the fourth gospel. "Looked upon" as a wondrous spectacle steadfastly, deeply, contemplatively; so the Greek. deceive ourselves--We cannot deceive God; we only make ourselves to err from the right path. We are "partakers of the divine nature." He often refers to the introductory words "If we say..." (chap. Audio and manuscripts are available for each lesson. 1:5) and "God is love" (chap. First division of the body of the Epistle declare--Greek, "announce"; report in turn; a different Greek word from 1 John 1:3 . 1. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Structure. Words in boxes are from the Bible. A word list at the end explains words with a … Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone. 1. "One who is poor does not have any possessions. do not--in practice, whatever we say. In other words, I'm gonna talk about the god that I know; and so will we. Mark’s Good News. The use of \"we\" immediately afterwards implies that we all are liable to this, though not ne… Audio & Video Commentaries. The difficult statements of First John are always sentences of the second type. Greetings and other personal messages are missing also. Instead of a formal, John adopts a virtual address (compare 1 John 1:4 ). handled--a series rising in gradation. . The *Jews return to Jerusalem. As God here, so Christ, in 1 John 2:8 , is called "the true light." of--"concerning"; following "heard." John calls these opponents of the Christian faith "antichrists" (chap. Proverbs 8:23 , "I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was." . When that happens we need to go to the filling station which is the bible; we need a refill from the … . Subject and contents of the epistle are summarized in the following words: "And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. The frequent address "children" (chap. have seen" (perfect tenses), as a possession still abiding with us; but in Greek (not as English Version "have," but simply) "looked upon" (not perfect tense, as of a continuing thing, but aorist, past time) while Christ the incarnate Word was still with us. Spirit ought to have felt and known His presence. He had been with God since the beginning, and all things had been created through Him. Salem Media Group. It is probably not possible to state whether the Epistle or the Gospel of John has been written first. 4:8.16). Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Here it means that the writer is a leader in the church. These difficulties disappear, however, if one understands the "divine logic" behind these absolute statements. Verse 1. . 2:18; 4:3), that is forerunners of the great opponent of Christ in the last days after the rapture of the church (compare with 2 Thessalonians 2; Revelation 13:11 ff; Revelation 19:20). ALFORD notices, Walking in the light as He is in the light, is no mere imitation of God, but an identity in the essential element of our daily walk with the essential element of God's eternal being. The people who belong to this world do not understand who God is. (1,2) The effects of saving knowledge in producing obedience, and love to the brethren. no darkness at all--strong negation; Greek, "No, not even one speck of darkness"; no ignorance, error, untruthfulness, sin, or death. Thus this epistle has rightly been called a continuation of the gospel of John (of chapters 1 to 19) especially. The First Epistle does not bear any indication of an author nor of an addressee. The expressions "brethren" (chap. If we turn the sentence round it becomes evident: "One who has no possessions is poor.". walk--in inward and outward action, whithersoever we turn ourselves [BENGEL]. Because of that, they do not understand who we are. By the epistle we learn that towards the end of the first century heretics arose among the Christians who denied the divine sonship of Christ (chap. The Gospel of John Verse by Verse Bible Study The Word was God (John 1:1-18) - Jesus was both the Word, and God. Contents, style and language of these two books are very similar. (Psalms 85:10), 1 John 1:1-4 Introduction: The Word of Life, 1 John 1:5-10; 1 John 2:1-12 Characteristics of True Fellowship with God, 1 John 2:28-29; 1 John 3; 1 John 4:1-6 Characteristics of the Children of God, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Although the First Epistle of John does not bear any author's name it was never seriously doubted that the apostle John is the author of this epistle as well as of the fourth gospel. For it is not sufficient to give a lip-service only. John heard this from Christ, not only in express words, but in His acted words, namely, His is whole manifestation in the flesh as "the brightness of the Father's glory." In very simple English (1200 word vocabulary). Proud member Other oldest manuscripts and versions read "OUR joy," namely, that our joy may be filled full by bringing you also into fellowship with the Father and Son. Parallel to 1 John 1:8 . March 2010. This logic is simply explained in the following two examples: The second part of the sentence contains one of many possible evidences and to turn the sentence round would be non-sensical: "Who cannot speak is dead". Contents, style and language of these two books are very similar. John 1:2-3, Note). heard . Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Modern criticism tends to suggest that the epistle was written either by a "presbyter called John" or by a student of the apostle John. 1 John 2:1,2 Christ is our advocate with the Father, and a. propitiation for the sins of the whole world. forgive--remitting the guilt. "Seen," namely, His glory, as revealed in the Transfiguration and in His miracles; and His passion and death in a real body of flesh and blood. In contrast to the Apostle Paul, John does not describe the believer's position in Christ and the privileges of the church of God (ecclesia) but life eternal in the children of God and the relations among the family of God. (12-14) All are cautioned against the love of this world, and against errors. They were fully revealed in Christ, the Son of God: "Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). It is not added "and with the Holy Ghost"; for it is by the Holy Ghost or Spirit of the Father and Son in us, that we are enabled to have fellowship with the Father and Son (compare 1 John 3:24 ). The aim of the epistle is expressed in chapter 5:13: "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.". As does the Epistle of James this Epistle does not contain a perceptible logical structure of thoughts. Recipients, Author and Time of Writing. We know God only by having fellowship with Him; He may thus be known, but not comprehended. The first epistle does not mention any addressees. A Bible commentary on Mark's Gospel, without translated Bible text. This proves against Socinians he is here speaking of the personal incarnate Word, not of Christ's teaching from the beginning of His official life. cleanse--purify from all filthiness, so that henceforth we more and more become free from the presence of sin through the Spirit of sanctification (compare Hebrews 9:14 ; and above, unrighteousness--offensive to Him who "is just" or righteous; called "sin," 1 John 1:7 , because "sin is the transgression of the law," and the law is the expression of God's righteousness, so that sin is unrighteousness. That which we have seen and heard--resumed from 1 John 1:1 , wherein the sentence, being interrupted by 1 John 1:2 , parenthesis, was left incomplete. At the same time, he wants to make it clear that we do not have to sin. 507 Cf. In Him is life, and that life is the light of the world. . 1 John 3:1-24 . 1:6.8.10; 2:4.9; 4:20). Written by … The repetition of "with" before the "Son," distinguishes the persons, while the fellowship or communion with both Father and Son, implies their unity. 2:3.5.18.20.21.29; 3:2.5.14.15; 5:2.13.15.18.19.20). cleanseth us from all sin--daily contracted through the sinful weakness of the flesh. The whole world lieth in the wicked one, 1 John 5:19. Many a reader has difficulties with this abstract way of presenting and considering as they cannot bring these abstract statements in line with their practical experiences. 2:7; 3:13) and "beloved" (chap. We write thus that your joy may be full. The apostle directs to the atonement of Christ for help against sinful infirmities. He expresses the personal assurance of faith by frequently repeating the words "we know" (chap. My little children--The diminutive expresses the tender affection of an aged pastor and spiritual father. 1 Corinthians: Servants of Christ - by Hilda Bright. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. The beginning of John 1:1 is profound: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Believers enjoy the fellowship OF, but not WITH, the Holy Ghost. Text Commentaries. John tells the Good News about Jesus - A free Bible Version and Commentary on the Gospel of John in Easy English. "John's Divine Logic"). The Gospel of John describes the revelation of life eternal in Christ the incarnated Word. With his epistle John wants to strengthen the simplest believer in his faith and to give him a divinely sure foundation and an effective weapon for the battle against false doctrine. One example is: "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin." The repeated expression of "I write unto you" indicates the book to be an epistle or letter however unique and special (compare chap. (The quotation is not explicitly attributed to John, though.) This proves the distinctness of the First and Second Persons in the one Godhead. John himself had leaned on Jesus' breast at the last supper. "Heard," namely, from Christ Himself, including all Christ's teachings about Himself. The first verses of the Epistle show a certain parallelism with the opening statements of John's gospel. 2. the life--Jesus, "the Word of life." And with this Word, God created all things. . 2. All rights reserved. 1. BROTHERLY LOVE THE ESSENCE OF TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS. Probably every Christian has a problem with these words when thinking of his practical life. This commentary has been through Advanced Checking.. Keep yourselves from idols - From all worship of false gods, from all worship of images or of any creature, and from every inward idol; from loving, desiring, fearing anything more than God. Robert Bryce. This commentary has been through Advanced Checking.. Jesus is come to give us understanding, that we may know the true God, 1 John … lie--( 1 John 2:4 ). That you may not sin: This is God’s desire for the believer. The first to cite from John's First Epistle is Polycarp of Smyrna (around 70 to 155 AC) who himself knew John personally. . John also shows tests for the practical life of the Christians who are distressed by false teachers. "Have heard . At the same time he refers to the tests by which one can recognize whether someone has true life of God. ... searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. 3:1.10; 5:2; Greek tekna theou: "children of God"). 3. . Declare is the general term; write is the particular ( 1 John 1:4 ). IF WE WOULD HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM, WE MUST WALK IN LIGHT, AS HE IS LIGHT. (15-23) They are encouraged to stand fast in faith and holiness. Bible Reference. Not yet has thy life become perfectly light, as sins are still in thee, but yet thou hast already begun to be illuminated, because there is in thee confession of sins" [AUGUSTINE]. He loves us that much! Terms such as light and darkness, life and death, truth and lie as well as the only begotten son are typical for both books. The end for which St. John writes these things, 1 John 5:13-16. But there also the light of God's holiness and righteousness shone in its fullest brightness when Christ the Son of God became the propitiation for our sins. . we have fellowship one with another--and of course with God (to be understood from 1 John 1:6 ). 1. 1:4; 2:1.7.8.12.13.14.21.26; 5:13). that eternal life--Greek, "the life which is eternal." Recipients, Author and Time of Writing. John tells the Good News about Jesus. And we really have become children of God. . Christ Himself was the embodiment of "the message," representing fully in all His sayings, doings, and sufferings, Him who is LIGHT. Every Christian runs low on joy at times. John 14, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. As the epistle of Jude so John's First Epistle address all believers. 10. This is where the love of God to lost sinners was revealed in giving His own Son. to--Greek, "in order that." The following statements we find in First John only: "God is light" (chap. The essence of the Christian life. The sentence begun in 1 John 1:1 is broken off by the parenthetic 1 John 1:2, and is resumed at 1 John 1:3 with the repetition of some words from 1 John 1:1. Faith realizes what we have not seen as spiritually visible; not till by faith we too have seen, do we know all the excellency of the true Solomon. The sin unto death, and the sin not unto death, 1 John 5:16, 1 John 5:17. in darkness--Greek, "in the darkness"; opposed to "the light" (compare 1 John 2:8 1 John 2:11 ). To wish joy to the reader was the ancient customary address. 506 See the discussion of major divisions in 1 John in the previous section “Structure and Purpose of 1 John.”. An EasyEnglish Bible Version and Commentary (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Ezra. An EasyEnglish Bible Version and Commentary (2800 word vocabulary) on the Gospel of John ... ‘You study the *scriptures carefully. was manifested--who had previously been "with the Father." Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 3:2.21; 4:1.7.11) testify the affection connecting the author with the recipients of the epistle. 1 John 2:7-11 the chief of which is, to love one another.. 1 John 2:12-14 The apostle addresseth Christians of all ages severally,. He calls us his children. Behold --calling attention, as to some wonderful exhibition, little as the world sees to admire. 1 JOHN CHAPTER 2. This 25 part expository study of 1 John was preached at Flagstaff Christian Fellowship in 2005-06. John: John tells the Good News about Jesus - by Marion Adams. the blood of Jesus . "If thou shalt confess thyself a sinner, the truth is in thee; for the truth is itself light. He is speaking not of justification through His blood once for all, but of the present sanctification ("cleanseth" is present tense) which the believer, walking in the light and having fellowship with God and the saints, enjoys as His privilege. 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