Flow’rs with deeper beauty shine, This eternal One can be known, and He has revealed Himself to us. i. Christian life feeds upon contemplation, but it displays itself in action. 3. We are forgiven because our punishment was put upon Jesus, we are cleansed by His blood. ii. -------------------- For the Jew, God was often referred to as the Word because they knew God perfectly revealed Himself in His Word. other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection.”. The high standards of Christianity made the Christians different, and the children and grandchildren of the first Christians did not want to be different. Pentateuch The new and bright sheen of the Christian faith had become tarnished. Thank you for registering. And all thy days be bright.” I asked. Actually there is a fivefold purpose expressed in 1 John: (1) 1:3, “That ye also may have fellowship with us [other believers]: and … with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ;” (2) 1:4, “That your joy may be full;” (3) 2:1, “That ye sin not;” (4) 5:13, “That ye may know that ye have eternal life;” and (5) 5:13, “That ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”. b. The danger to the Ephesian church was not persecution from the outside but seduction from the inside. The Apostle John begins with the purpose of writing this letter by stating, “I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. If we confess our sins: Though sin is present, it need not remain a hindrance to our relationship with God – we may find complete cleansing (from all unrighteousness) as we confess our sins. i. I avoid taking a stand relative to any organization. But Jesus said, “I am the truth” and the Bible clearly tells us of a truth that is greater than any individual’s feeling about it. Pastor Mark Driscoll recently taught a Bible study to The Trinity Church core launch team entitled 1 John: The Father Heart of God. 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. i. And in that light of life I’ll walk, Other people turn from this relationship with God because they feel so distant from Him. It was time for a bit of soul searching on the part of the committee. ii. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. The primary intent of the word is “set aside for the sole use of God—that which belongs to God.” The pots and pans in the temple were said to be holy because they were for the use of God. Recorded in black and white reflecting the infancy of the church plant, this intimate 13-week Bible study is now available for free. But if anyone does sin, we have an … Fellowship with the Father: “Developing a Heart for God” How does a person learn to walk with God, developing a meaningful relationship that produces Christ-likeness? This does not speak of an occasional lapse, but of a lifestyle of darkness. John 1 Bible Study - Detailed questions, answers and guide for an in-depth verse-by-verse Bible study of John chapter 1 in plain English that everyone can understand. Major Prophets d. Fellowship... with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ: The kind of relationship John described is only possible because Jesus is who John says He is in 1 John 1:1-2. You can sign up today to have it delivered to your Inbox each week. Pentateuch i. “No man was ever kept out of God’s kingdom for his confessed badness; many are for their supposed goodness.” (Trapp), ©2013 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission The newness had worn off. Comfortable Christianity often means a weak Christianity. But of course, we need to confess our sin in the most straightforward way: by admitting to God that what we have done is sin, and by asking for His divine forgiveness, based on what Jesus has done on the cross for us. And walk in darkness: John speaks of a walk in darkness, indicating a pattern of living. They denied the Incarnation, reasoning that God could not have taken a human body because all flesh is evil. However, in recent years some of us have come to the position that John wrote his epistles last. Study 1 John A Detailed Examination of the Text and Scholarly Literature around the Book of 1 John Curated from a lecture series by Robert W. Yarbrough In partnership with The Master's Seminary A Practical Verse-by-Verse Study of 1 JOHN. Based upon this, we understand that it is possible for some to claim a relationship with God that they do not have. But with the eternal God who became man, we can have a relationship. It is here and nowhere else. ii. i. ii. It is as if John said to everyone, “This Logos you have been talking about and writing about for centuries – well, we have heard Him, seen Him, studied Him, and touched Him. Even though Christians have been cleansed in an important general sense, our “feet” need cleaning (John 13:10). Wisdom Literature i. The issue here is fellowship, not salvation. If we say that we have fellowship with Him: John first deals with a false claim to fellowship. The Gospels Prophets The work of Jesus on the cross doesn’t only deal with the guilt of sin that might send us to hell. i. I looked to Jesus, and I found We enter into a relationship of a shared life with Jesus. Fellowship with God is the essence of our faith, and Tony walks through 1, 2 & 3 John to paint a picture of love, obedience, and truth. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is enough for me to know that God is love." “Does my walking in the light take away my sins? This doesn’t mean that when Jesus comes into our life He helps us to do the same things, but simply to do them better than before. I spent months there, and I didn’t see that they were doing anything; in fact, in all that time I never met a missionary. Gnosticism was the basic philosophy of the Roman Empire. We really can have a living, breathing relationship with God the Father, and with Jesus Christ. The New Testament The apostle Paul’s encounter with these two sects is recorded in Acts 17:18: “Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him. –From “The Vision of Sir Launfal” by James Russell Lowell, Heaven above is softer blue, This leads to an important idea: if we do not have fellowship with one another, then one party or both parties are not walking in the light. The Whole Bible Many of the believers were children and grandchildren of the first Christians. ii. I studied Him! Till traveling days are done. Prophets To say that we have no sin puts us in a dangerous place because God’s grace and mercy is extended to sinners, not to “those who make mistakes” or “I’m only human” or “no one is perfect” people, but sinners. A. John: The fourth Gospel. The purpose of the epistle of 1 John is to give the believer the assurance of salvation (see 1 John 5:13). The Christian’s joy is important, and assaulted on many fronts. You went to India to hunt tigers and you found them. In 2004, the governor of the state of New Jersey was caught in a scandal. "Why," she said, "everybody knows that." In Acts 19 we read of the effect Paul’s teaching had upon the synagogue at Ephesus and also the impact of his daily sessions in the school of Tyrannus for two years. It is the ancient Greek word koinonia, which speaks of a sharing, a communion, a common bond and common life. The beginning of Genesis 1:1 is simple: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The New Testament -------------------- He can be not only our Savior, but also our friend and our closest relationship. I touched Him!”. The Christian life is described as walking, which implies activity. My health is not good, though I still get a great deal done. The following background remarks come from: Studies in 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John, edited by Dub McClish, pp. John solemnly testified as an eyewitness (we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you) that this was the case. I may seem to be attacking a certain group if they are teaching something contrary to the Scripture as I see it when I'm teaching that particular section. Sin is the hindrance to fellowship and the blood of Jesus, received by faith as the payment for our sin, solves the problem of sin and opens the way to fellowship with God. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation. 24:24). I have never preached in one place for more than three years. ii. If John said “That is a lie,” it means he thinks in terms of things being true or being lies. Preview 1 John, 2 John, 3 John or do the first lesson before your study arrives. of Scripture. i.           –Dr. Pentateuch This was no fairy tale, no “Once upon a time” story. John addresses himself to this question in his first epistle. It does not begin by saying, ‘and the waters of baptism, together with the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us,’ – not a word, whether it shall be the sprinkling in infancy, or immersion of believers, nothing is said about it-it is the blood, the blood only, without a drop of baptismal water. Luke-Acts Johannine Writings 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him not even one thing was made that has been made. And the apostle Paul had said to the Ephesian elders: “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. i. Johannine Writings ), “The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop.” Therefore John distinctly declared, “And the Word was made [born] flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Oct. 25 – 1 John 2:18-27: Anointed and Abiding // 1 John Anchored Study Guide Wk 6. ii. They held that in the body was a spirit, like a seed in the dirty soil. "Scores of them." This is different from knowing and admitting “I am a sinner.”, iv. This eternal relationship is clearly described in the Scriptures, but we could also understand it from simple logic. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. Minor Prophets ii. iii. The blood of Jesus Christ paid the penalty for all our sins – past, present, and future. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. b. No wonder one commentator wrote, “Observe the note of wonder in the Apostle’s language. c. We lie and do not practice the truth: God has no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). All the resources of each in the wondrous relationship are at the disposal of the others. A. So, the wedding at Cana most probably occurred two days after the calling of Philip and Nathaniel in John 1:43. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a a. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! If we say we have no sin: John has introduced the ideas of walking in the light and being cleansed from sin. This is the message: This is a claim to authority. a. They considered pleasure rather than truth the pursuit of life. John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible i. It takes the child of God across the threshold into the fellowship of the Father’s home. John isn’t making this up; these are not his own personal opinions or ideas about God. Pauline Epistles It is not found in all the literature of the ancients." The personal, eyewitness testimony of John (1-4).           –Cardinal Woolsey on his deathbed, “God is in His world, but Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed are in their little private closets, and we shall thank them, but never return to them.” Therefore we can enter into the same fellowship with God that the Apostles could enter. The New Testament ii. It has been the belief of the church down through the years that John wrote his Gospel first, his epistles second, and finally the Revelation just before his death. I pray you do not think it a small loss.” (Spurgeon). What verb do you see in verse 5 that again shows John... III.           –From Living Religions and a World Faith by Dr. William E. 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