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 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 […]