Yet we can still walk in the light, so John does mean perfect obedience. We don’t add Jesus to our life. 1 John S criptur es and Review Questions ©2000-2016 by Arlo E. Moehlenpah I was a wayward child, b. Fellowship: The idea of fellowship is one of the most important ideas in this letter of John’s. Title The epistle’s title has always been “1 John.” It is the first and largest in a series of 3 epistles that bear the Apostle John’s name. i. b. I am as much a sinner in the light as in the darkness, if it were possible for me to be in the light without being washed in the blood. John died in Ephesus and was buried there. He declared that there was both a human Jesus and a divine Christ, that divinity came upon Him at His baptism and left Him at the Cross. The personal, eyewitness testimony of John (1-4). The one who confessed his sin was the one who agreed with God about how bad he was. “We deliver nothing by hearsay, nothing by tradition, nothing from conjecture; we have had the fullest certainty of all that we write and preach.” (Clarke) The idea is that this eternal subject of John has been audibly heard, physically seen, intently studied (have looked upon), and tangibly touched (hands have handled). ii. Prophets They need to know what God has done to make this kind of relationship possible. Cana is only mentioned in John 2:1, 11; 4:46; 21:2, nowhere else in the Bible. The church is a body of believers in the position where we are blessed “… with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ” (Eph. And over it softly her warm ear lays. What does John tell us about “the Word” in verse 1 (printed below?) If we say that we have fellowship with Him: John first deals with a false claim to fellowship. Who signed the application? ii. God has put a desire for relationship in every one of us, a desire He intended to be met with relationships with other people, but most of all, to be met by a relationship with Him. i. This idea of a shared life is essential. There are two major components to this study guide: 1) inductive Bible study questions and 2) daily devotionals. We need to come to God often with the simple plea, “cleanse me with the blood of Jesus.” Not because we haven’t been cleansed before, but because we need to be continually cleansed to enjoy continual relationship. "And did you see any tigers?" (12 studies) Cerinthus was more subtle in his teaching. The Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and all believers have all things in common. First John is the book which I used when I began my ministry in a new church. Luke-Acts The whole town had been in an uproar. -------------------- Pentateuch The first generation of church leadership (i.e., the apostles) had ‘finished the … Continue reading "Study Guide for 1 John" b. The Stoics were disciples of Zeno, and their name came from the Painted Portico at Athens where Zeno lectured. Therefore, he wrote his first epistle after his imprisonment on the Island of Patmos. At the press conference he held to admit this, he began by saying: “My truth is that I am a gay American.” Those were very carefully chosen words: My truth. 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). Luke-Acts It bears all the marks of a message from a devoted pastor who had a love and concern for a definite group of believers. g. He told us that fellowship with Jesus leads to a life lived in fullness of joy. e. Eternal life which was with the Father: In calling Jesus eternal life, John remembered the words of Jesus (John 5:26, 6:48, and 11:25). "I went out to hunt tigers." This is one of the reasons we are preaching through 1 John this fall. (1Jo 1:3) An invitation to relationship. I’ve been a preacher with much success and also had some success as a writer. The beginning of Genesis 1:1 is simple: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. ii. Prophets c. The Word of Life: John identified this eternally existent being, who was physically present with John and others (note the repetition of our, and not “my”), as the Word of Life. I believe John had them in mind when he wrote: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? Pentateuch Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. (I didn’t at the first church I served because I was a seminary student and didn’t know enough to begin in the right place.) This places the date about A.D. 100. -------------------- c. He is faithful and just to forgive us: Because of Jesus’ work, the righteousness of God is our friend – insuring that we will be forgiven because Jesus paid the penalty of our sin. I avoid taking a stand relative to any organization. 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. "What took you there?" 1 John 3:10 " In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother." 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? Now, I do not deal in personalities, although I may mention them by name, never to condemn, but to complement. ii. I do not need the dogmas of the Bible." GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point i. The word fellowship has in it not only the idea of relationship, but of sharing a common life. 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. Sometimes it is because they don’t know who God is, and an invitation to a “personal relationship with God” is about as attractive to them as telling an eighth-grader they can have a “personal relationship with the assistant principal.” But when we know the greatness, the goodness, and the glory of God, we want to have a relationship with Him. I am His, and He is mine. Luke-Acts "Five months." Many will say “I make mistakes” or “I’m not perfect” or “I’m only human,” but usually they say such things to excuse or defend. I’ve been a leader most places I’ve been. For the Greek, their philosophers had spoken for centuries about the Logos – the basis for organization and intelligence in the universe, the Ultimate Reason which controls all things. If we say we have no sin: John has introduced the ideas of walking in the light and being cleansed from sin. [A previous revision of this page can be found here]. H. A. Ironside, “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. I did not love my Father’s voice, But that’s not what’s going on … Make no pretensions before God, but lay bare your soul, let him see it as it is, and then he will be faithful and just to forgive you your sins and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.” (Spurgeon). If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Only two kinds of children exist in the world: children of God and children of Satan. g. With the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ: Here John finally names this being – eternally existent, physically present, the Word of Life, truly God (yet distinct from the Father) – it is God the Son, whose name is Jesus, who is the Christ (Messiah). We can also say that it is possible for someone to think they have a relationship with God that they do not have. The gospel of John is about relationship and union with Christ. The newness had worn off. If this were the case – if forgiveness for a sin could only come where there was confession – then we would all be damned because it would be impossible for us to confess every sin we ever commit. I am not too good at keeping records. However, if you can use me, I shall do my best for you.' A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. -------------------- i. Minor Prophets Most people understand that the important things in life are not things at all – they are the relationships we have. The New Testament local church (cp. "I do not understand what you mean," she said, "for I’ve always known it." Thank you for registering. i. Gnosticism took many forms. Call an unhealthy, trouble-making, absent-minded, ex-jailbird? I’m over 50 years of age. Poetical Books John builds the New Testament understanding of the Trinity – that one God exists as three Persons, equal and one, yet distinct in their person. a. The meaning is that we should keep on confessing our sin – instead of referring to a “once-for-all” confession of sin at our conversion. a. iii. i. iii. John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible Pastor Mark Driscoll recently taught a Bible study to The Trinity Church core launch team entitled 1 John: The Father Heart of God. He wanted fullness of joy for them – even knowing that the cross was directly in front of them. And walk in darkness: John speaks of a walk in darkness, indicating a pattern of living. i. You can know God and believe in Him as He has revealed Himself, even though you can’t understand everything about His person or nature. He carefully studied this eternal One and he knew whom he spoke about. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. We need a continual cleansing because the Bible says we continually sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). ii. When you are baptized, you are confessing your sin by saying you needed to be cleansed and reborn. But if we walk in the light: This means to walk in a generally obedient life, without harboring known sin or resisting the conviction of the Holy Spirit on a particular point. Confession must be personal. The believers were called saints—from the Greek word hagios. It has no salutation at its beginning nor greeting at its conclusion. Its style is more that of a sermon. First John is the book which I used when I began my ministry in a new church. ii. In the thinking of the world today, I have my truth and you have your truth. Johannine Writings Since I know, as now I know The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was … Actually, for many people this is totally unappealing. The New Testament Prophets You don’t have to go to a confessional to confess your sin. The Basilica of St. John was built over the grave of John by Justinian in the fifth century. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed 'Well, what do you think? iii. The Christian who temporarily walks in darkness is still saved, but not in fellowship with God. Lewis Chafer, I heard the voice of Jesus say, We need to realize the victory and forgiveness that comes from saying, “I am a sinner – even a great sinner – but I have a Savior who cleanses me from all sin.”. "The good church folk were aghast. 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. Minor Prophets They held that in the body was a spirit, like a seed in the dirty soil. Jesus’ story about the religious man and the sinner who prayed before God illustrated this; the Pharisee bragged about how righteous he was, while the sinner just said God be merciful to me a sinner (Luke 18:10-14). The Old Testament I looked to Jesus, and I found 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. ii. The Gnostics sought to cause the “seed,” the spirit within them, to grow and tried to get rid of the evil in the body. 3. We might say that the only sin that cannot be cleansed by the blood of Jesus is the sin of continuing to reject that blood as payment for sin. 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. Nov. 1 – 1 John 2:28-3:10: Born of God // 1 John Anchored Study Guide Wk 7. John declares this on the simple understanding that God Himself is light; and light by definition has no darkness at all in it; for there to be darkness, there must be an absence of light. Yet people are not eternal in the past sense; to say that something is eternal in the past sense is the same as saying it is equal to God or God’s Word. This does not speak of an occasional lapse, but of a lifestyle of darkness. a. The sin we inherited from Adam, the sin we committed as kids, the sins of our growing up; sins against our father, against our mother, against our brother and sister; sins against our husbands or wives, against our children; sins against our employers or our employees, sins against our friends and our enemies; lying, stealing, cheating, adultery, swearing, drugs, booze, promiscuity, murder; sins that haunt us every day, sins we didn’t even know we did – all sin can be cleansed by the blood of Jesus. i. John wants to make it clear that fellow Christians who walk in the light enjoy fellowship with each other. The verb form John used in cleanses us from all sin is in the present tense, not in the future tense. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. b. 24:24). Sometimes the midweek service would surpass the Sunday night service. And in that light of life I’ll walk, Beloved, do not misunderstand me – no man can have fellowship with God unless sin be taken away; but his fellowship with God, and his walking in light, does not take away his sin – not at all. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point i. 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