I John 4:16b-17

It makes sense that even though we already studied verse 16 when we looked at verses 12-16 as a text, that we look at the second half of the verse again and use it to better understand the meaning of verse 17.  Also, these verses echo much of what John said in 2:5-6, so it […]

I John 4:12-16

John discusses our love for one another and our belief in the Son as evidences of our salvation.  He seeks to assure His readers of their standing before God.  He tells them they can know they live in God and God lives in them by the presence of the Spirit in their lives.  And they […]

I John 4:9-11

John amplifies the truth that God is love by pointing to what God did as a result.  God’s nature of love showed itself in the act of sending His Son into the world to die.  That the Son died so we can live proves that God is the source and standard of love, and that […]

I John 4:7-8

John returns to the topic of brotherly love.  From 4:7 through 5:12 John repeats themes he discussed earlier in the letter because he wants to make sure his readers fully grasp their importance.  In these two verses John elaborates on what it means to love one another and helps us understand why it is so […]

I John 4:1-6

John uses his discussion of assurance through the Holy Spirit in 3:24 as a launching point to instruct his readers about spiritual discernment.  In an age where the New Testament does not yet exist and the church is dependent on oral communication, it is imperative that the church identify which teachers are truly Spirit-led and […]

I John 3:19-24

John moves from his discussion of loving in deed and truth in verse 18 to now explain how active love (and active obedience overall) leads to assurance of belief.  Much like he has stated in other parts of the book, he makes the point here that actions are the proof of belief; without actions there […]

I John 3:16-18

In verses 10-15, John set the contrast between the child of God who practices righteousness and loves his brother and the child of the devil who practices unrighteousness and does not love his brother.  He held up Cain as an example of a child of the devil.  Cain hated his brother and killed him because […]