1 John: Rooted in Love

John calls followers of Jesus to share in God's own life and love by devoting themselves to loving one another.

“if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12).

About 1 John

Written by John the Elder to house church believers, 1 John echos the gospel of John. The letter emphasizes that God is light and love and every true believer is called to demonstrate God's light and love.

Purpose

John combats false teaching with absolutes: truth and lies, light and darkness, love and hate, sin and righteousness, Christ and antichrist. He shows the church how to tell if they are children of God and how to tell if a teacher is trying to deceive them.

This is a letter written from a wise and loving father to a troubled church. John writes to older men (“fathers”), young men, and children, but he addresses all of them as his “little children”—a term of endearment that a loving father would use for his child.

Theme verse in 1 John

This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. (1 Jn 3:23)

 

SUMMARY

+ Damage Control

1 John addresses deceivers who no longer acknowledge Jesus as Messiah or God's Son and stir up hostility among faithful believers..

+ God is Light

God is light and Jesus is the express image of the Father. To participate with God, believers must keep God's commandment to love him and to love one another instead of loving the things of the world.

+ God is love

What's love got to do with it? According to John, everything! Believers will gain victory over the world when to openly receive God's love and sacrificially love others.

+ No Deceivers

Leaders who deny Jesus and his finished work on the cross should be unwelcome by the church. John’s first epistle teaches that while it is important to recognize the lines between truth and error, it must always be done in a spirit of love.

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