Category Archives: Book of 1 John

What Do You Know For Sure? (1 John 5:6–21)

“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin wrote those words in 1789. Of course, a wise man like Franklin knew many other things are also certain. The Christian knows there are many certainties. Of spiritual truth, Christians are … Continue reading

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Love, Honor, and Obey (1 John 4:17–5:5)

The prospective bridegroom was extremely nervous as he and his fiancée were discussing their wedding plans with their pastor.  “I’d like to see a copy of the wedding vows,” the young man said and the pastor handed him the service. … Continue reading

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Getting to the Bottom of Love (1 John 4:1–16)

For the third time in John’s first letter, we are considering the subject of love! This does not mean John has run out of ideas and has to repeat himself. It means the Holy Spirit, who inspired John, presents the … Continue reading

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Love or Death (1 John 3:11–24)

The Apostle John’s first letter has been compared to a spiral staircase because he keeps returning to the same three topics: love, obedience, and truth. Each time we return to a topic, we look at it from a different point … Continue reading

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Counterfeit Christians (1 John 3:1–10)

The United States Treasury Department has a special group of men whose job it is to track down counterfeiters. Naturally, these men need to know a counterfeit bill when they see it. How do they learn to identify fake bills? … Continue reading

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Truth or Consequences (1 John 2:18-29)

“It makes no difference what you believe, just as long as you are sincere!” That statement expresses the personal philosophy of many people today, but it is doubtful whether most of those who make it have really thought it through. … Continue reading

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The Love God Hates (1 John 2:12-17)

A group of first-graders had just completed a tour of a hospital and the nurse who directed them was asking for questions. Immediately a hand went up. “How come the people who work here are always washing their hands?” a … Continue reading

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Something Old, Something New (1 John 2:7-11)

I love that shirt!” “I love ice cream!” “I love my wife!” Words, like coins, can be in circulation for such a long time that they start wearing out. Unfortunately, the word love is losing its value. It is really … Continue reading

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Walking and Talking (1 John 1:5-2:6)

The life that is real has an enemy and we read about it in 1 John 1:5-2:6.  This enemy is sin.  Nine times in these verses John mentions sin, so the subject is obviously important.  John illustrates his theme by … Continue reading

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3 Vital Facts about Life that is Real (1 John 1:1-4)

“Once upon a time …”  Remember how exciting those words used to be?  They were the open door into an exciting world of make-believe, a dream world that helped you forget all the problems of childhood.  Then—pow!  You turned a … Continue reading

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Sharing Life that is Real (1 John)

Once we have experienced the exciting life in Christ that is real, we will want to share it with other people, just as the Apostle John wanted to “declare” it to all his readers in the first century.  Many people … Continue reading

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