1 John

7575 - Backward Glance - Highlights of 1 John

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God’s Word is so valuable. Its compared to gold and silver. Let’s examine the riches of the Word together today.

During the past months we have been engaged in a verse by verse study of the First Epistle of John. In our last study we completed this detailed examination. Today let’s take a backward glance at the major points of truth which John shares.

We have commented how the book of 1 John is so different. In this book John often circles back to a topic which he has discussed before for the purpose of adding an additional truth about that subject, or just to re-emphasize a point of truth.

The major focus is expressed in 1 John 5:13. John says, “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.” Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit John is seeking to bring every believer to the point of absolute certainty regarding their possession of eternal life.

It’s important to have this confident assurance that we are indeed children of God. Only from this base of confident assurance is a believer able to live the radiant, exciting life in Jesus. Only with these attitudes is the Holy Spirit free to flow from each believer as streams of living water to bring encouragement and refreshment to brothers and sisters, and to bring enlightenment of the truth into the lives of outsiders who do not have a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

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7571 - Secure in Jesus

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As John closes out his first letter, he reviews three affirmations meant to strengthen the heart and walk of believers.

Today we focus on the third of these. 1 John 5:20 tells us:
“We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true –– even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

The first foundational truth in this verse is that we know that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, came to this earth as the Bible states.

A second truth follows close behind, and that is John’s assurance that this Holy One, Son of God, who came to earth has done a marvelous work within our comprehension. The visible, human life of Jesus Christ unwrapped the character and nature of God to mankind in an understandable way. He visibly demonstrated God’s character to us through His life. Thus the concept of a God who is removed from mankind, who is a distant God, was shattered as Jesus touched people, laughed with them, cried with them. Jesus made God known to the human race (John 1:18).

The purpose for which the Son of God came to earth to reveal God, was that mere human beings might actually experience a close, intimate relationship with the true God. By the work and life of Jesus we are afforded an opportunity to personally know the one who encompasses eternal Truth.

This revealed truth relates to what 2 Corinthians 4 (vv 3,4,6) tells us. “...even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness.” made his light shine in our hearts to give us “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

So we see that it’s necessary for the Holy Spirit to make truth known in the heart of any unbeliever so that he may comprehend the truth of this glorious gospel message. Only then may they choose to accept a personal relationship with Triune God.
The next truth is that every believer knows that he abides in God the Son, and that He is personified truth. That’s the only foundation upon which a Christian may live the Christian life so that others see and desire what is available.

Then John affirms for the last time in this Epistle that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Oh friend, we must know that we know this truth. This is a point John affirms many times in these pages. He is so strong in this truth that he has previously said (2:23) that, “No one who denies the Son has the Father.” And (4:15) “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.”

This links up with the sixth point of this verse: namely that Jesus is true God himself. Here again John emphasizes that we know this as believers.

Yes, this is another point of truth which the false teachers through the centuries have sought to cast doubt Let us stand firm in knowing truth.

The final point in this verse is to re-emphasize that Jesus Christ is eternal life. Jesus is the only source of eternal life. As we’re told in Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” John refutes the error that ‘all roads lead to heaven.’

With affirmations such as God gives us through the Apostle John, we should be very secure in Christ.
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7570 - Contrast

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Friend, it’s great to see you today.

We near completion of our study of 1 John. John closes his letter with three affirmations. Today we want to examine the second of these affirmations. It’s found in verse 5:19.

This verse reads, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”

There is a great contrast in this verse. First, notice that those to whom this book has been directed are children of God. This combination of words refers to God’s family.

Any person who has come to a trusting faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a member of this group. We see the tenderness of God in His use of this term for those who have been reconciled to Him.

God recognizes and points out in the Scripture (Rom. 3:23) that every person who has had residence here on earth is sinful in nature and in action. They have failed to live up to the perfection of Jesus. This condition has caused a separation between God and human beings. Adam was the first person in this long line of people to be separated from God.

But God did not create man for this alienation. God created men and women, boys and girls to have a loving, obedient relationship with Him. However, God is Holy and cannot endure a close relationship with sinful people.

So God sent His only Son, fully the essence of God, to enter earth and share in the humanity of man. He became flesh and blood. He was tempted like everyone else. One big difference –– He never sinned. Thus, he was qualified to become the atoning sacrifice to pay the penalty for the sin and failure of humanity. And that’s what He did when He died on the cruel cross.

However, Jesus did not automatically make everyone righteous. But He became the means of reconciliation between Holy God and sinful man. Any person may receive forgiveness and cleansing by calling out in faith for Jesus to be the Lord and Savior in and over their life. But it’s a matter of choice. Each person must decide to place their will and life under the control and direction of Jesus Christ. And when one does this, they become a child of God. They enter His family. The Bible calls this being born again (John 3:3), but it is also referred to as adoption (Eph. 1:5) into His family.

Back in 1 John 3:1, we read, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

That means we receive all the benefits of sonship. God loves us enough to discipline us and train us so that we will become like His beloved Son, Jesus (Rom. 8:29). Furthermore, He gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3.) Our filthy garments have been removed and we are now clothed in garments of righteousness. And we have open doors of communication. Although He is King of Kings He invites us to come talk with Him any time.

And one day, every child of God will join Him in His home in heaven and we’ll spend eternity together.

But there’s another phrase to verse 19. It says that we know that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

This is a truth which the enemy, Satan, seeks to hide. He does not want people to recognize that the world system is really His domain. However, it’s important that Christians know this truth so that we don’t become enamored with his kingdom. The glitter and dazzle of the world system is like a carnival. It promises pleasure and fun, but it is superficial, and behind the scenes lies evil and decay. There is no eternal value. In fact, the end of the world system is called the second death (Rev. 20:14,10) where torment lasts forever.
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7567 - Kept by Jesus

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We are approaching the end of our study of 1 John. As John brings his letter to a close he gives three final affirmations, then concludes with an exhortation.

Today we will consider the first of these three affirmations. 1 John 5:18 tells us, “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.”

“We know”; these words express the idea of the Greek, that we have positive, absolute knowledge. There can be no doubt. The thought of this verse as well as the next two, represent a final, authoritative summary statement of the truths that have been shared and reviewed in these five chapters. John wants every believer who reads this letter to have a positive, forever assurance regarding the riches that the Christian has by abiding in Christ and having Him live in and through each Christian.

Now, what’s the content of this first assurance? No less than the truth that anyone born of God does not continue to sin.
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7566 - Intercessory Prayer

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We continue our study in 1 John chapter 5. In our last Bible study we dwelt on assurance of prayers being answered as given by the apostle John in chapter 5, verses 14 and 15.

Today we continue some thoughts about prayer as we look at the following two verses, 16 and 17. Here John talks about intercessory prayer.

Let’s read the verses from the NET Bible, “If anyone sees his fellow Christian committing a sin not resulting in death, he should ask, and God will grant life to the person who commits a sin not resulting in death. There is a sin resulting in death. I do not say that he should ask about that. All unrighteousness is sin, but there is sin not resulting in death.”

This is a much debated passage without any final agreement. Let’s focus on those explanations which are consistent with other scripture.
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7565 - Assurance in Prayer

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We continue our study of 1 John. In this book God openly declares His love for His children in these pages. The encompassing message is that God wants His children to know that they live in Jesus and He lives in each one of us to give us an abundant, eternal life to those who habitually obey.

In 1 John 5, verses 14 and 15, we have some assuring words regarding prayer. Let’s read these verses from the NET Bible, “And this is the confidence that we have before Him: that whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from Him.”
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7563 - You May Know

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Studying through the First Letter of John the word ‘know’ is used 33 times. Spend a few moments in this study and you will understand that the Apostle John has in mind the objective of bringing these first century Christians to a firm assurance of their faith in Jesus Christ. Of course 1 John is written so Christians of any century can be convinced that they truly abide in Christ and are on the way to heaven.

One of the reasons for John’s concern over the Church was the large number of false teaches who were teaching heresy in the last part of the first century. This was a very real threat to the Church. As God prompted those who wrote the New Testament books, seven of the nine authors gave warning of these false teachers and their erroneous doctrines.
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7559 - Do You Believe

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In our study of the First Letter of John we are now in chapter 5. This is one of the most forthright passages in the Bible regarding God’s appeal to people to surrender their will, to accept God’s testimony about His Son Jesus, and by faith receive a new life in a new relationship.

So, today let’s look at 1 John 5, verse 10 which reads, “Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has made about his Son.”

Notice that two groups of people are differentiated clearly in this passage. The first is made up of all those people who have heard and believed God’s testimony about Jesus Christ, his Son.

The second group is comprised by all those people who have heard God’s testimony regarding His Son and then refused to yield their will, all those who stubbornly rejected the message from God. These are the two groups under the spotlight.
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7558 - Testimony of God

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Let’s look at 1 John 5:9. It says, “We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.”

To Christians this verse may be superfluous, because to be a Christian we must believe and trust Jesus Christ. Actually, this is an expression of faith in God Himself, since Jesus and God are one.

However, to a seeker or an unbeliever this verse is very important. It examines the plausibility of believing God. To say it another way, “Why should I believe God?”

John starts by reminding the reader that most men accept the testimony of other men. In a court room the testimony of a witness is accepted and believed unless reason to do otherwise is presented.

Under the Old Testament Law a fact of law was established as true by the testimony of two or three witnesses who agreed.
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7557 - Three Who Testify

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In our study of the first Letter of John we are now in Chapter 5, verses 7 & 8. Listen as I read them, “For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”

The one of whom these three testify is none other than the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and Son of God.

We should keep in mind the times in which the Apostle John is called upon to write. It’s thought that John could be past 90 years of age as he writes.

Although John has not written of Biblical truth in the early years of the Church, he is now called upon by God to write from his extensive experience with Jesus Christ while he was here on earth. He was to share what Jesus had said and what he did. Emphasis of Spiritual truth is the bottom line as John writes his five documents.
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7554 - By Water and Blood

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Let’s seek to understand the meaning of 1 John 5; verse 6. It says, “This is the one who came by water and blood –– Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.”

This is one of the highly debated verses from the Bible. The scholar Dr. Plummer calls this first phrase the ‘most perplexing’ in the letter.

The difficulty is to understand what is meant by the terms water and blood.
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7553 - Faith in Whom

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In our study of 1 John we are now in chapter 5. Let’s read verses 4 and 5 since they overlap in thought.

“For everyone born of God has overcome the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

In our last study in God’s Word we discussed verse 4, which tells us that our victory over the world comes by reason of our faith. The requirement of faith was emphasized.

Today we want to expand on that thought by finding in whom we must place our faith?
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7551 - Faith Required

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In our study of the First Letter of John we are in chapter 5 verse 4. Listen as I read it, “For everyone born of God has overcome the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

The use of the words ‘overcome’ and ‘victory’ brings up the mental picture of a conflict or warfare. Let’s seek to understand what God is saying.

Let’s start with the world ‘world.’ In the Bible this word does not just mean this planet. More often it is talking about the network of systems on this planet. The economic system, and system of power over the peoples of the world are all included in this word. Often times it is referred to as the world system or the Kingdom of the World.
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7549 - Commands not Burdensome

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In this study we’ll be talking about “His commands are not burdensome.”

This subject comes up as we look at 1 John chapter 5, verse 3. It reads, “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.”

Many Christians would agree with the first thought in this verse, “This is love for God: to obey his commands.” Many people tell us that they want to obey, but as often as they try, they often meet failure as they compromise. To them they carry heavy loads and they have stumbled over sin more than once.

But this verse has good news. It says God’s commands are not burdensome.

Let’s open God’s word and find God’s plan for keeping his commands from being burdensome.
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7547 - How We Know

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The human mind is such that it relishes the assurance that we’re on the right track or that we have the right answer.

Gain some assurance from God’s Word that we are on the right track as we discuss 1 John 5, a portion of verses 1 and 2. Which read, “Everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.”

The central issue about which assurance is being given is “how can we know that we love the children of God?”

The answer is that the proof of our love for the Christian brothers is that we love and obey God.
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7546 - Born Of God

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In this study lets talk about being “Born of God”.

With this study we enter chapter 5 of the First Letter of John. Verse 1 says, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves his child as well.”

John begins this chapter with another truth designed to cut the rug out from under the false teachers. The Greeks were famous for stressing the use of intellect. These false teachers had trouble accepting the spiritual dimension regarding Jesus. They denied the deity of Jesus and rejected the truth that He was the anointed One of Old Testament prophesy.

John boldly speaks that Jesus is the Christ and that everyone who believes this truth is born of God. This is a statement of faith and not intellect. There is no evidence to be gained by experiment or observation, which proves that Jesus is the Christ to the intellect.
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7544 - A Command

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Let’s look at a command from God in the First Letter of John.

1 John 4: 21 tells us, “And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

To many this seems like an impossible command. In our human resources this really is an impossible command. Love is not an emotion we can produce by self-effort, particularly the kind of love, which is mentioned here.
Rest assured if God gives a command to His children He is the one who supplies all the resources to bring the action about.
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7541 - False Claim

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1 John 4:20 says, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.”

God says that the person who says with his mouth, “I love God,” and holds bitterness and hate in his heart toward a brother in the body of Christ, simply is lying. These two emotions are not compatible. Let’s look at the inconsistency.

The spotlight is on a person who openly declares “I love God.” We may understand better if we know that the word ‘love’ comes from the concept of “agape” love, godlike love. In other words this person is saying that I have received God’s supernatural, sacrificial, unselfish love into my heart, and it forms a reservoir, which flows out through me and from me to others. The totality of this description is wrapped up in “agape” love. God’s love is a life-changing experience. It becomes ours when the indwelling Holy Spirit takes up residence in the heart of a person as a part of the salvation experience.

Anyone who walks in the Spirit in daily life is a living dispenser of this love from God, which, is meant to be poured out on others.
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7539 - God Loved First

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In this study we will be looking at God’s love.

In the past weeks we have enjoyed several studies regarding the subject of love — both God’s and ours. Today we focus on 1 John 4, verse 19. It says, “We love because he first loved us.”

By nature God is loving. He has always been loving. Even when mankind did not respond to His love.
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7537 - No Fear In Love

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We’re so glad you’ve joined us today for a short study in God’s Word. Let’s talk about “No Fear In Love.”

This subject comes from 1 John 4:18, which reads, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The man who fears is not made perfect in love.”

We need to get the picture in our mind of what the word ‘fear’ means. Fear comes from the Greek word ‘phobos’ which carries the picture of dread or terror.
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7535 - Our Confidence

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In this study we continue our study of 1 John, chapter 4. We’ll be learning about the character of the word ‘love.’

In verse 17 we read, “Love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.”

Now, let’s focus on the concept of ‘our confidence’ as mentioned in this verse. Each of us who know and trust the Lord Jesus as Savior desire to stand before His seat of judgment without fear, but with confidence.
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7534 - Live In Love

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Join us as we talk about how to “Live In Love.”

We are engaged in a study of 1 John chapter 4, looking closely at the love of God and how that applies to us.

Today we’ll focus on 1 John 4:16. It says, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
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7532 - God Lives Within

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Today let’s consider the statement: “God lives within us.”

Our consideration of this truth that God lives within each Christian comes from our study of 1 John, chapter 4, verse 15: “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in Him and he in God.”

The statement that Jesus is the Son of God is a bold statement. Yet, declaring this truth, according to this verse, testifies that God dwells within that person, and that person dwells in God.

This is an underlying theme of the book of 1 John. The apostle John, writing under the inspiration of God begins this epistle with a declaration about the Father God and His Son Jesus Christ, and has throughout this book continued to press the issue that Jesus is the Christ and He truly is the Son of God. At least nineteen times direct or indirect reference is made to the Son of God in this letter and He is identified as Jesus.
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7530 - God's Provision For Me

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In 1 John 3 we read: "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that’s what we are” Every person who has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a child of the King of kings.

To live as a child of the King we appropriate the provisions He has made available to us. Today let's examine five of His provisions for His children.
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7527 - Personal Testimony

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In 1 John, chapter 4, verse 4, God inspires the apostle John to give a short personal testimony which reads: “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.”

Keep in mind the concern, which God has for the young church, now about 60 years of age. False teachers have invaded the church bringing false doctrines, which undermine the faith of some believers. So God has called upon the Apostle John, now perhaps approaching age 90, to write. John, who has not previously entered into writing, is called upon to share from the years of his personal relationship with Jesus and the apostles, his personal observations, which would expose and refute these false teachings.

Notice that John uses the word ‘we.’ This calls attention to the fact that all of the apostles have joined together in giving testimony to Jesus the Christ, the Savior sent from God. Remember also that John now joins Peter and Matthew, apostles who have previously given written record regarding Jesus the Christ, Son of God.
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7523 - Love Made Complete

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In 1 John 4 we have been learning about love — God’s and ours. Today let’s talk about “Love Made Complete.” This thought comes from verse 12. Listen:

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love each other, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”

Do you like to cook? Perhaps you like to eat? Well, neither the cook nor the gourmet is particularly blessed when a cake or a batch of cookies are removed from the oven before they are done. You know the scene. The cake is like a sponge and the middle is still uncooked dough. The process of cooking has not been finished. The goal has not been accomplished.

We might conclude in keeping with this illustration and from this verse that God often looks down upon His children and He sees that the process of maturity in Christ has not been completed in some of His children. His goal of bringing us to be like Jesus has not yet been accomplished in many lives. How can He tell? Because as He views us He sees that His love is not yet perfected or made complete in us.
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7522 - What We Ought To Do

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Let’s talk about “What We Ought To Do.” as we see in 1 John 4:11 which reads:
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought to love one another.”

This command follows verses, which tell us about the ultimate love showered upon us by God. God’s love is an unselfish, sacrificial love, which is bestowed upon undeserving subjects. That’s what happened when God loved us by sending His Son Jesus to pay the penalty of death for our sins, even when we were alienated from Him, we were bitter enemies of His.

So this command is given upon the basis that we have accepted the gift of life offered by Jesus to all who would believe and trust Him. Keep in mind that when Jesus bestows this new life He enters our life to live His life in and through us. That’s the only way we can love as God loves — sacrifically.

When God says we ought to love one another he is not talking about being nice to one another or helping someone when we expect to get something in return. Previously in this book (1 John 3:18) we were told that we were not just to say encouraging words to someone who had a need, but we were to demonstrate love through our actions.

A story by Rebecca Pippert, which appears in Multnomah’s book Stories for the Heart Illustrates this principle. Its called “Lessons from a Young Nurse.”
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7521 - Ultimate Love

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We are now in 1 John, chapter 4 considering the subject of love. In this passage we repeatedly find reference to the Greek word, “Agape” love. It seems that the meaning of this word has been enhanced and elevated from its previous use in Greek writings. In fact, this word was infrequent in Greek usage, but when God poured out His love upon mankind through His Son Jesus, the word became the very description of the love of God.

Innately all people desire acceptance and love, and they seek it out. Many people go to great efforts to earn love.

To me it seems God placed verse 10 of 1 John 4 in this place, at this point in His discussion of this phenomenon called love, so as to raise our vision toward Him. Listen to 1 John 4:10:

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

In the lines just before this verse we have found the declarations “God is love” and “love comes from God.”
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7518 - God Showed Us Love

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Verses 7 through 21 comprise one of the most intimate passages dealing with love in the Bible. Today let’s focus on verse 9. It says:

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”

In verse eight we find this forthright statement: “God is love.” That means the very nature of God is love. God must love because that’s His nature.

The beauty and bountiful supply which God showers upon this earth is motivated by His nature of love. Matthew (5:45) tells us that God sends the sun to rise on the evil and the good – upon all mankind.
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7517 - Strangers to God

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In our last study we entered a portion of Scripture laden with definitions and expressions of love: That would be 1 John 4, verses 7 through 21.

This next passage opens by telling us that love comes from God. God is the source of unselfish, sacrificial love. Those who have been born of God and know God have experienced this “agape” love –– unselfishly bestowed upon undeserving people.

Today let’s look at 1 John 4:8: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Now those last words affirm what was discussed in the previous verse –– God is the source of love. You see, God’s very nature is love. And the word from which love is translated is “agape”, which in the understanding of people, received a great upgrading from the love demonstrated by God as He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die for the sins of men and women, boys and girls.

It is true that the Greek word “phileo” is translated by the English word love, but in the original language it expressed a lesser degree. It implies that the one who expresses this love sees some value or worth in the one who is being loved. So “phileo” does not carry the deep meaning of dedication and sacrifice, which the “agape” lover lays on the line as he loves.
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7515 - The Source of Love

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We now come to 1 John 4:7 in our study. This verse begins one of the most revealing passages in the Bible regarding love.

“Dear friend, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”

Listen, the word “love” in this passage, in every case, comes from the root word “agape” in the Greek.

Let me explain the four commonly used words expressing some idea of love in the Greek language. Two of these, namely: “storge” which carries the idea of family affection, and “eros”, which was used for a sensual, possessive love, never appears in the New Testament. Another word: “phileo”, was used in Greek literature to express friendship, and is the most commonly used word for love in prebiblical Greek; however, the Greek noun “agape” and its verb form “agapao” is the most frequently used word to express love in the New Testament.
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7513 - From God

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In our last study we explored 1 John 4:5 which gives a very clear but sobering view of the people who are from the World System. They are from the world and speak the language of the worldly culture.

Today we examine the contrast found in the very next verse 1 John 4, verse 6:

“We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
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7511 - From the World

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In 1 John 4, verses 5 and 6 we see a contrast between two types of people:

“They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”

Today lets focus on verse 5, which vividly gives truth about those who have not yielded to the Lord Jesus Christ. They have refused to embrace the truth in order to be saved from death and darkness, and to receive light and life.

Notice this insight into the life of the unbeliever is contrasted in verse 6 with a glimpse into the life of a person who is from God – one of God’s children.

But in verse 5 we return to those who are identified by the word “them.” This reference looks back to those in verses 1, 3 and 4 who are controlled and dominated by the spirit of antichrist – those who are against Christ.
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7510 - Overcoming

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Let’s consider 1 John 4, verse 4, which says:

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Perhaps we first need to identify the players in the drama laid out before us. Those words, “you, dear children”, refer to those who are alive in Christ. If you are a Christian, that’s speaking about you.

Next, notice those words, “[you] have overcome them.” To whom does the word “them” refer? Glance back at the previous verses and you’ll see they are talking about people in the world who are false prophets; people who deny Jesus Christ and war against him by their speech and by their lifestyle. Those who are dominated by the spirit of antichrist.

Then we come to those words, “the one who is in you.” Who fulfills these words within the believer in Christ? The answer is the Holy Spirit, and we’ll talk more about that.
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7508 - Spirit of Antichrists

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In our last study we noted that John bids Christians to be aware of how to ascertain whether the teaching or statement of certain people is indeed a message from God’s Word is so valuable. It’s compared to gold and silver. So, let’s examine the riches of a section of the Word together today.

John was concerned for the young Church, which was about sixty years old and was beset with false teachers. Let’s get a picture of the false prophets, who may sometimes be called false teachers or antichrists.

First, let’s look at 1 John 4, verse 3: “but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”

Notice that John relates false teaching to the influence of false spirits or evil spirits. This alerts us to the truth that evil spirits from Satan’s domain may influence, come upon or indwell certain men to use them to oppose the Kingdom of God in all its broad extension.

John tells us here that any spirit which does not acknowledge Jesus, is truthfully the spirit of antichrist.
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7506 - Test of Good Spirits

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In our last study we noted that John bids Christians to be aware of how to ascertain whether the teaching or statement of certain people is indeed a message from God or whether the declaration is another guided missile from the devil aimed to disturb or shoot down the faith of a weak or lame inquirer about the Son of God. John tells Christians that they are to know how to test the spirits to discern the truth in this matter.

How can we really tell if a statement is true, or whether the declaration is another thought from the intellect of man, which does not have the ring of truth?

Let me read 1 John 4, verse 2; then we can examine it.

“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit which acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.”

If this test is positive then we can be sure that the Holy Spirit is the stimulating power behind the utterance or writing of a doctrinal statement.

The test is this: Does the message acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh?
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7505 - Test the Spirits

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In our study of the first epistle of the Apostle John we have now completed the first three chapters. It is impressive to me that God waited until John was likely near 90 years old before the Holy Spirit inspired him to write his three epistles, the gospel of John and Revelation. Many people believe that all five books were written in the decade of the 90’s.

John’s concern was for the spiritual health and vitality of the Church. He was deeply concerned about false doctrines and beliefs which were luring many away from the sound foundation taught by Christ and then by those who knew Him.

Today let’s focus on 1 John 4, verse 1. It says:

“Dear friend, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
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7503 - We Know

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In our study of God’s sacred & valuable Word we are now in 1 John 3, verse 24. Let me read it before our discussion:

“Those who obey his commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

First let’s focus upon that last sentence. Did you notice that anyone can know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are indeed the temple of Jesus Christ. That means that He abides in us – that He lives His supernatural life in and through us. How can we be so sure? It says, “we know it by the Spirit He gave us.”
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7501 - Proof of Abiding

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In our study of 1 John we now are in 1 John 3:24. Today we want to focus upon only the first sentence, which reads:

“Those who obey his commands live in Him...”

Here we notice again that we are given proof that we have life in Trinity God. The proof given here is the fruit of obedience to God’s principles as found in His Word.
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7499 - God's Command

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In 1 John 3:23 we read, “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”

This is one of the important verses in the Bible. Young Christians sometimes voice the question, “What does God want me to do?”

In this verse we find two answers to this question.
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7498 - Obedience Rewarded

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Today we will look at 1 John 3; verses 21 and 22.

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God (22) and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.”

That phrase, “if our hearts do not condemn us,” does not mean that we have reached sinless perfection. Some people have interpreted those words in that manner; however, a better understanding could be that these words represent the attitude of the heart of a Christian who has diligently sought a pure heart and has confessed the known sins in his life. Following Scripture he has asked God to search his heart and reveal any obstacle between himself and God, so that it might be confessed and dealt with. The desire is to live habitually in an obedient, yielded fellowship with the Lord. When a Christian has this humble, yielded attitude then we have assurance and confidence before God.
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7495 - Heart at Rest

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Have you ever been troubled by guilt feelings or even a sense of uneasiness about your Christian life? Today we want to talk about setting our hearts at rest.

Our passage for consideration today comes from 1 John 3, verses 19 and 20:
This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence (20) whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Notice these considerations about a restful heart follows thoughts about how Christians should be helpful to our brothers and sisters in Christ. The principle which precedes this passage states that our actions of help and support for those in need should go beyond words of encouragement or even prayer. We should enter into helpful support, even sharing what we have with those less fortunate.
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7494 - Love Expressed

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In 1 John we read about the love, which God has for people and how this was forcefully demonstrated through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also see the love Christians should have for God and how we demonstrate our love by being obedient to God’s commands and instructions.

But there is a third facet of love, which is clearly presented in 1 John also, and that is the love that a believer should have for his Christian brothers and sisters. This emphasis is the focus of today’s study.
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7493 - Love Demonstrated

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In this message we discuss how love was demonstrated to those on earth by God.

In 1 John 3:16 we can explore this idea: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”

God is a loving God. He is patient & long-suffering with His creatures. You see, God created men & women in order that there could be a mutual loving, pleasing relationship between them. People would certainly benefit by coming under the authority of God. They would experience His protection, guidance and steadfast love. God would be pleased by the praise and delight which men and women, boys and girls would choose to express toward Him.
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7479 - Love of Brothers - 1 John 3:14-15

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Today we’re talking about loving the brothers & sisters in Christ. We read initially about love of the brothers in chapter 2 of 1 John, where John tells us: “Whoever love his brothers lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.”

In chapter 3, verses 14-15 John added a new facet to this message for us. Listen:

“We know we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in Him.”
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7477 - Hated by the World - 1 John 3:13

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We’re so glad you have joined us for a short study in a portion of God’s Word.

Today we are focused on 1 John 3:13 which reads:
“Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.”

During the first century many Christians were arrested, persecuted and killed. Jesus was killed because the officials perceived that the Romans might come and take away both [their] place of worship and [their] nation (John 11:48). Throughout the centuries this hostility against Christians has continued. It is a battle of ideology. Not necessarily directed to an individual but toward the group. It is the clash between the two kingdoms which exists among us.
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7433 - Young Men - 1 John 2:12-14

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We are now focusing on 1 John 2:12-14, a passage where John gives words of encouragement to his readers.

It seems that John groups every Christian, young and old, male and female, in one of three groups; these are called dear children, fathers and young men. Some view these groups as spiritual levels through which each has passed or through which they will pass before entering the heavenly kingdom.

Let me read these verses, then we will speak about them.

“I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”
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7434 - Reject Love for the World - 1 John 2:15-17

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In our study of 1 John we are now in chapter two, verse 15-16. There is a warning message for Christians in these two verses.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world --the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does --comes not from the Father but from the world.”

In these verses John gives us one of the most instructive & honest appraisals of the world system as any in the Bible.
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7436 - Eternal Life - Obedience - 1 John 2:17

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Today we want to contemplate “eternal life.” The verse which prompts this thought is 1 John 2:17.

“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
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7438 - Antichrists - 1 John 2:18-19 & 22

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In our study through the book of 1 John, we have come to chapter 2, verses 18-19. Listen as I read them as well as verse 22.

“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.” (22) “Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist --he denies the Father and the Son.”

Let’s discuss this expression ‘antichrist’ today. Literally it means one who is against Christ, or an opponent of Christ.
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7439 - You Know - 1 John 2:20-21

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1 John, along with the gospel of John, and the short epistles called 2 & 3 John, along with Revelation were written by John late in his life. He ministered in Asia Minor and was particularly influential in the church in Ephesus. It was during these years in the decade of the 90’s that John was touched by the attack upon the Church by false teachers. To counter these teachings of heresy the Holy Spirit used John to write the five books of the New Testament mentioned earlier.

Today let’s look at 1 John 2, verses 20 & 21.

1 John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.
1 John 2:21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.
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7441 - The Liar - 1 John 2:22-23

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We are now in a close study of the first Epistle of John. This book was written by John late in life –– in the decade of the 90’s. In it he is repudiating the false teachings which were coming forth in the church.

Today we are examining 1 John 2, verses 22 & 23.

“Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist --he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
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7443 - The Promise - 1 John 2:24-25

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In our study through 1 John we are now in Chapter 2, verses 24 & 25.

“See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us --even eternal life.”

In the previous paragraphs John has been putting his measuring rod on the false teachers of his day. He has discussed that anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ is filled with the spirit of antichrist. In other words he is anti-God.
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7475 - Not Like Cain - 1 John 3:12

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Today we continue our study in the book of 1 John. Let’s focus on chapter 3, verse 12, which reads:

“Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.”

Let’s put this verse in perspective to the greater passage. In this passage John has talked briefly about the two kingdoms which vie for acceptance and dominance in the life of every person on earth.
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7474 - Love One Another - 1 John 3:11

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Today let’s dig into a portion of God’s Word together.

Our study today will center on 1 John 3:11. Listen:

”This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”

Check it out and you will see that chapter 2, verses 7-11 also convey this message in similar words. This is just one example of the Apostle John circling back to a subject which he has introduced in a previous passage. He may add to what he said previously, or draw a new conclusion to emphasize to the church. John is so intent on getting these points across in ways the people will understand, remember, and then fulfill in their lives.
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7472 - Children of the Devil - 1 John 3:10

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In 1 John chapter 3, John gives two contrasting lifestyles.

We have discussed the expected lifestyle of those who have been born of God. These people are expected to live obediently to what Jesus taught and to what God has shared through the New Testament writers.

The contrast to this lifestyle is given four times in verses 4-10 of chapter 3, but verse 10 seems to summarize his words. Verse 10 says:

“This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother.”
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7469 - Restrained From Sin - 1 John 3:9

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1 John 3:9 reads:

“No one born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning because he has been born of God.”

This verse tells us that God restrains His children from sin. How does He do this?
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7467 - To Destroy the Devil’s Work - 1 John 3:8b

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In 1 John we have come to chapter 3, the last part of verse 8. There we find these words:

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”
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7465 - Conduct Comes from Character - 1 John 3:7b-8a

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As the adage goes, “a righteous character expresses itself in righteous conduct.”
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7463 - To Lead You Astray - 1 John 3:7

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1 John 3:7, says, “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.”
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7462 - Contrast - 1 John 3:6

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A contrast of the relationship which two different groups of people maintain with the Lord Jesus Christ.
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7459 - Sinless - 1 John 3:5b

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We are now engrossed in a study of the book of 1 John. The Apostle John, the last living apostle of Jesus Christ, this sensitive man of God, now in his late 80’s or early 90’s, was used by God to repute & rebuke the false teachers who were being used by the devil to bring hurt & pain into the early church. Human philosophies sprang up to deny many of the basic doctrines which were first taught by Jesus Christ, and later were proclaimed by those whom Jesus had taught & prepared so carefully.
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7458 - Take Away Sin - 1 John 3:5a

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Today we come face to face with one of the most encouraging statements in the Word of God. In the first part of 1 John 3:5 we read:
“But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins.”
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7457 - What is Sin? - 1 John 3:4

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Join us as we investigate “what is sin?”

This question is prompted from 1 John 3, verse 4. That’s where we are now as we study through this first epistle of the apostle John.
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7455 - Purified Lives - 1 John 3:3

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Today we are investigating 1 John 3:3: “Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
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7453 - To Be Like Him - 1 John 3:2

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In our study through the book of 1 John we are now in the 3rd chapter, verse 2. It reads:
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
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7451 - Lavish Love - 1 John 3:1

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In our study of 1 John, today we are beginning chapter 3. The first verse reads:
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
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7450 - His Righteousness - 1 John 2:29

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We are engaged in a study of the book of 1 John.

In closing out Chapter 2, we see John’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and his love for Jesus, his Savior. Consider that Jesus had ascended more than 60 years prior to this writing, terminating their close one-on-one physical relationship. Nevertheless, the writings of John in the 90’s clearly carries the language and tone of deep love for Jesus. John was one of the last remaining figures who had known Jesus personally.
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7449 - Confidence - 1 John 2:28

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Join us today in a study of a portion of God’s Word.

The first epistle of John in which we are now occupied in study, is filled with golden stepping stones paving the daily walk of the children of God. This book is not easily outlined because in it the elderly Apostle John, the last living apostle keeps circling around to one of the many mentioned foundational truths, in order to look at it from a new perspective, or to make application of a basic truth in the lives of his readers.
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7446 - Anointing - 1 John 2:27

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In our study of 1 John we have been carefully walking through those verses in chapter 2 in which John is strongly warning the believers in the church –– the body of Christ –– regarding the false teachers which have appeared in the Church near the end of the first century.

Today lets seek the deep meaning of 1 John 2:27. Let’s read this verse and then we will discuss it.

1 John 2:27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit --just as it has taught you, remain in him.
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7445 - Those Leading Astray - 1 John 2:26

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God’s Word is so necessary in the life of His children. George Mueller, a man of faith said: “The vigor of our Spiritual Life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.” (Halley’s, p5)

So, today let’s consider one verse from 1 John, chapter 2. Let me read verse 26. Then we can discuss it.
“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.”
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