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I John 5:21

A Final Word About Idolatry Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Pastor John’s Notes: Idolatry is the worship of any created thing. We tend to think of idolatry as something from the ancient world where people would bow down to idols made of stone, clay, or metal. But in truth, we can make an idol out of anything we value, our home, job, or even another person. John’s last words caution us against anything that would hinder our progress with…

1 John 5:18-20

The Protection of Christ We know that those who are born of God do not sin, but the one who was born of God protects them, and the evil one does not touch them. We know that we are God’s children, and that the whole world lies under the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we…

1 John 5:14-17

Of Prayers Regarding Our Sin And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him. If you see your brother or sister committing what is not a mortal sin, you will ask, and God will give life to such a one—to those whose sin is not…

1 John 5:13

The Purpose of John’s Writing I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. Pastor John’s Notes: This is the purpose of this letter. In other places in the Bible, such as the Gospel of John, the purpose is that we might believe. Here the readers already believe but have yet to come to the assurance of eternal life. God does not want…

1 John 5:6-12

God’s Testimony concerning His Son This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. There are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he…

1 John 5:1-5

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves the Son. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who…

I John 4:16-21

Love Replaces Fear and Judgment God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love…

1 John 4:13-16

God Abides Within Us By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. Pastor John’s Notes: To…

1 John 4:7-12

God Is Love Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be…

1 John 4:1-6

Test the Spirits Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it…