1 John 4:7-11 Knowing God Through Love

John’s love for his audience was obvious in the tone he used in his admonition of scattered believers he considered his flock. Christians throughout the Roman Asia Minor region were under spiritual attack by the enemy, disguised as Gnostics, Judaizers or Greek philosophers out to deceive on behalf of Satan. Having battled sin previously in […]

1 John 3:24-4:6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

God gave us commandments so we could fail. In turn, failure to equal our divine creator grew into submission, which itself blossomed to bear fruit according to a perfectly devised plan, crafted by a supreme being we cannot understand or imagine. Through the humbling experience involved in one’s spiritual growth, believers are made righteous as […]

1 John 3:16-23 The Outworking of Love

False teaching was only one of the numerous challenges faced by early Christians. The Mosaic law had been perfected by fulfillment of prophecy as Jesus lived, died and was resurrected as part of God’s perfect plan. The law would now be labeled “the law of love,” taught by Jesus himself when He walked as flesh […]

1 John 3:10-15 The Imperative of Love

Constantly tempted by the enemy, first century believers needed positive encouragement rooted from biblical provocation to keep fighting the good fight against the army of darkness that surrounds us in this world. “10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of […]

1 John 3:4-9 Sin and the Child of God

Because they were under attack by the enemy, just as we are today, tempted by the enemy who preys on our sinful nature, John’s audience would now be blessed with biblical instruction regarding both sin and righteousness. “4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4) The word teaches us […]

1 John 2:28-3:2 The Children of God

John praises his readers for their faith and abiding to the truth about the risen Messiah, that all those who believe in Him will be given eternal life, at the conclusion of this earthly life, the vessel by which Christians are brought to their heavenly Father. The apostle teaches us, because His power is truly […]

1 John 2:25-27 Let the Truth Abide in You

John warned his readers of the Antichrist, and the antichrists before him, that believers should be on the lookout for evil, often hidden in idle or comfort in one’s life. Worse than sin, commonality toward Yeshua, the begotten son of God, is at the root of many Christians straying from the truth for a time […]

1 John 2:18-23 Deceptions of the Last Hour

John knew full well the plan delivered onto him by the Christ Himself, which he knew personally among the living as Yeshua, the prophesied Messiah and Savior of sinners. Because the end felt near, as it should be for each believer who models his life after the risen Son of God, the apostle allowed the […]

1 John 2:12-17 Do Not Love the World

Ever since Adam, and his divinely appointed bride, Eve, sin has always been a torment among the world. Because we are sinful creatures, we are led by instinct and self-preservation and driven by greed and selfishness. John continues his exhortation of believers, in hope their faith would be strengthened as each one endeavors to advance […]

1 John 2:1-11 The Test of Knowing Yahweh, God

Meant to edify and equip believers, John’s letters provide powerful scripture to be used as both pastoral and evangelical teaching. Much like today, first century Christians were engaged in battle with sin and evil. The apostle John teaches us that walking in Jesus’ footsteps will lead us to our Father in heaven, while straying off […]