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The People of the Kingdom
(Category 15 of 16)
Watch our Read Scripture video on the letters of John, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the letters of John, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how they work within the Bible’s overall framework.
John calls followers of Jesus to share in God’s own life and love by devoting themselves to loving one another.
Explore 1-3 John
1-3 JOHN: (RS)
The First Epistle of
GOD is light; God is love; and God is life. John is enjoying a delightful fellowship
with that God of light, love, and life, and he desperately desires that his
spiritual children enjoy the same fellowship.
God is light. Therefore, to engage in fellowship with Him we must walk in light
and not in darkness. As we walk in the light, we will regularly confess our sins,
allowing the blood of Christ to continually cleanse us. Two major roadblocks to
hinder this walk will be falling in love with the world and falling for the alluring
lies of false teachers.
God is love. Since we are His children we must walk in love. In fact, John says
that if we do not love, we do not know God. Love is more than just words; it is
actions. Love is giving, not getting. Biblical love is unconditional in its nature.
Christ’s love fulfilled those qualities and when that brand of love characterizes us,
we will be free of self-condemnation and experience confidence before God.
God is life. Those who fellowship with Him must possess His quality of life.
Spiritual life begins with spiritual birth which occurs through faith in Jesus Christ.
Faith in Jesus Christ infuses us with God’s life—eternal life.
Although the apostle John’s name is not found in this book, it was given the title
Ioannou A, the “First of John.”
What Was Heard, Seen, and Touched
1 THAT awhich was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have bseen with our eyes, cwhich we have looked upon, and dour hands have handled, concerning the eWord of life—
2 athe life bwas manifested, and we have seen, cand bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was dwith the Father and was manifested to us—
3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is awith the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things we write to you athat 1your joy may be full.
Fellowship with Him and One Another
5 aThis is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that bGod is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
6 aIf we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
7 But if we awalk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and bthe blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we aconfess our sins, He is bfaithful and just to forgive us our sins and to ccleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we amake Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, awe have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
2 And aHe Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but balso for the whole world.
The Test of Knowing Him
3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
CHAPTER 1 References
1 a[John 1:1]
c2 Pet. 1:16
e[John 1:1, 4,
14] 2 aJohn 1:4
d[John 1:1, 18;
16:28] 3 a1 Cor. 1:9
4 aJohn 15:11;
16:24 1NU, M
5 a1 John 3:11
b[1 Tim. 6:16] 6 a[1 John
2:9–11] 7 aIs. 2:5
b[1 Cor. 6:11] 9 aProv. 28:13
3:24–26] cPs. 51:2
10 a1 John
CHAPTER 2 References
1 aHeb. 7:25;
2 a[Rom. 3:25] bJohn 1:29
4 aRom. 3:4
5 aJohn 14:21,
23 b[1 John
6 aJohn 15:4
b1 Pet. 2:21
7 a1 John 3:11,
23; 4:21 1NU
8 aJohn 13:34;
12:35] 9 a[1 Cor. 13:2] 10 a[1 John
3:14] b2 Pet.
11 a[1 John
2:9; 3:15; 4:20] bJohn 12:35
12 a[1 Cor.
6:11] 13 aJohn 1:1
8:15–17] 14 aEph. 6:10
1 JOHN 2:14
4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a aliar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But awhoever keeps His word, truly the love of God 1is perfected bin him. By this we know that we are in Him.
6 aHe who says he abides in Him bought himself also to walk just as He walked.
7 1Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had afrom the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard 2from the beginning.
8 Again, aa new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, bbecause the darkness is passing away, and cthe true light is already shining.
9 aHe who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.
10 aHe who loves his brother abides in the light, and bthere is no cause for stumbling in him.
11 But he who ahates his brother is in darkness and bwalks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Their Spiritual State
12 I write to you, little children, Because ayour sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
13 I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is afrom the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have bknown the Father.
14 I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because ayou are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.
1 JOHN 2:15
Do Not Love the World
15 aDo not love the world or the things in the world. bIf anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, athe lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
17 And athe world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
Deceptions of the Last Hour
18 aLittle children, bit is the last hour; and as you have heard that cthe1 Antichrist is coming, deven now many antichrists have come, by which we know ethat it is the last hour.
19 aThey went out from us, but they were not of us; for bif they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out cthat they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
20 But ayou have an anointing bfrom the Holy One, and cyou1 know all things.
21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 aWho is a liar but he who denies that bJesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
23 aWhoever denies the Son does not have the bFather either; che who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
Let Truth Abide in You
24 Therefore let that abide in you awhich you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, byou also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
25 aAnd this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to 1deceive you.
27 But the aanointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and byou do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing cteaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you 1will abide in Him.
The Children of God
28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that 1when He appears, we may have aconfidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
29 aIf you know that He is righteous, you know that beveryone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
16 a[Eccl. 5:10,
11] 17 a1 Cor. 7:31
18 aJohn 21:5
b1 Pet. 4:7
c2 Thess. 2:3
d2 John 7
e1 Tim. 4:1
1NU omits the
24:24 c1 Cor.
20 a2 Cor. 1:21
c[John 16:13] 1NU you all
22 a2 John 7
b1 John 4:3
23 aJohn 15:23
c1 John 4:15;
24 a2 John 5, 6
26 1lead you
14:16; 16:13] b[Jer. 31:33] c[John 14:16] 1NU omits
28 1NU if
a1 John 3:21;
29 aActs 22:14
b1 John 3:7,
Man’s Wickedness and God’s Perfections
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD.
1 AN oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: aThere is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates.
3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; aHe has ceased to be wise and to do good.
4 aHe devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself bin a way that is not good; He does not 1abhor cevil.
5 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
PSALM 36 References
1 aRom. 3:18
3 aPs. 94:8;
4 aProv. 4:16;
[Mic. 2:1] bIs.
65:2 c[Ps. 52:3;
Rom. 12:9] 1reject, loathe
6 aJob 11:8;
[Rom. 11:33] 1Lit. mountains
7 aRuth 2:12;
Ps. 17:8; 57:1;
8 aPs. 63:5;
65:4; Is. 25:6;
bPs. 46:4; Rev.
9 a[Jer. 2:13;
John 4:10, 14] b[1 Pet. 2:9]
7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men aput their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
8 aThey are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from bthe river of Your pleasures.
9 aFor with You is the fountain of life; bIn Your light we see light.
10 Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There the workers of iniquity have fallen; They have been cast down and are not able to rise.
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