Category Archives: 1 John

1 John 4:1-6 (Testing spirits; overlapping circles; listening to the apostles)

(1Jo 4:1-3 ESV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every … Continue reading

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1 John 3:16-23 (laying down our lives; the Spirit; prayer)

(1Jo 3:16 ESV) 16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. John has just simply and powerfully defined “love” in the Christian context. … Continue reading

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1 John 3:11-15 (Being like Cain; Being hated by the world)

(1Jo 3:11-15 ESV) 11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And … Continue reading

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1 John 3:8-10 (Begotten Again)

(1Jo 3:8-10 ESV)  8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.  9 No … Continue reading

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1 John 3:5-7 (Knowing Jesus; Righteousness)

(1Jo 3:5 ESV)  5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. This passages has confused many a teacher over the years, largely due to the difficulty of translating the Greek. The … Continue reading

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1 John 3:1-4 (the love of the Father; growing in purity)

(1Jo 3:1-2 ESV) See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not … Continue reading

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1 John 2:22-29 (“What you heard from the beginning.”)

What you heard from the beginning (1Jo 2:22-26 ESV) 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies … Continue reading

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1 John 2:20-21 (the Anointing)

(1Jo 2:20-21 ESV)  20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.  21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie … Continue reading

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1 John 2:18-19 (the Last Hour, the Anti-Christ)

(1Jo 2:18-19 ESV) 18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, … Continue reading

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1 John 2:12-17 (Maturing in Christ; the world)

A poem about maturing in Christ (1Jo 2:12-14 ESV) 12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from … Continue reading

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