I John 5:1-5

Throughout the letter John has focused on three tests for the believer – three tests of assurance.  The child of God must believe that Jesus is the Messiah (2:18-27, 3:23, 4:1-6, 4:15), the child of God must obey God’s commands (2:3-6, 2:28-3:10, 3:24), and the child of God must love God and his brothers (2:7-11, […]

I John 4:18-21

John begins to summarize and conclude this section on loving one another (4:7-21).  He continues his point from verse 17 regarding judgment and the believer’s perspective on it.  He then reiterates what he said before about love coming from God and why if we are in Him we WILL love the brethren – and if […]

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 3:11-15

This text picks up on the thought expressed at the end of verse 10 – anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.  John in these verses amplifies what it means to love our brother and exposes the difference between those who love and […]

I John 2:7-11

In 2:3-11 John lists and discusses three tests of the faith that he says must be true of the believer.  The follower of Jesus will keep His commandments (3-5a); walk in the same manner as He walked (5b-6); and love other believers (7-11).  If these three things are not true about a person he cannot […]