1 John

 

 

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13)

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01 - (10-31-2021)
  • Background of 1 John
  • A Brief Biographical Sketch of the Apostle John
  • The Purpose of 1 John
  • The Structure of 1 John
  • Outline of 1 John

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02 - (11-07-2021)
  • 1 John 1:1-4 - John's Introduction To His Letter
    • Some Initial Observations
    • A Parallel Passage: John 1:1-17
    • Some Observations on 1 John 1:2
    • From the Beginning
    • A Short Explanation of Some of the Titles Used by John Concerning Jesus
    • Fellowship (koinonia)
    • Joy - (chara)

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03 - (11-14-2021)
  • 1 John 1:5-7 - Walking in the Light
    • God is Light
    • Light and Darkness
    • The Blood of Christ
  • 1 John 1:8-2:2 - Walking in the Light Tested by Righteousness - First in the Confession of Sin
    • Cleansed From All Sin
    • Confess - (homologeo)
    • If we confess our sins . . .
    • God is Faithful and Just to Forgive Us
    • Propitiation - (hilasmos)
    • Christ the Righteous One is the Propitiation for Our Sins
    • To Whom Does “Our” Refer in 1 John 2:2
    • Who is Meant by “the Whole World” in 1 John 2:2?
    • World - (kosmos)
    • For Whose Sins is Christ “the Propitiation” (i.e. the means by which God’s wrath is appeased)?

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04 - (11-21-2021)
  • 1 John 2:3-6 - Walking in the Light Tested by Righteousness - Secondly in Actual Obedience
    • “know” - ginosko
    • Why does John refer to “knowledge” so frequently in this letter?
    • “abide (in Him)” meno
    • …whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:6)
  • 1 John 2:7-11 - Walking in the Light Tested by Love - Positively – By Love of One’s Brother
    • “Beloved” - agapetos
    • An Old / New Command
    • In What Sense Was the Love-Command Old?
    • In What Sense Was the Love-Command New?
    • …because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining (1 John 2:8b)
    • love - agapao
    • Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. (1 John 2:10)

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05 - (11-28-2021)
  • 1 John 2:12-14 - Affirmation and Encouragement to John’s Readers
    • Who are the “Children”, “Fathers”, and “Young Men”?
    • Little Children…
    • Fathers…
    • Young Men…
  • 1 John 2:15-17 - Walking in the Light Tested by Love - Negatively – By Not Loving the World
    • Do not love the world or the things in the world. (1 John 2:15a)
    • love - agapao
    • What in the world does John mean?
    • the desires of the flesh
    • the desires of the eyes
    • pride in possessions

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06 - (12-05-2021)
  • 1 John 2:18-21 - Contrast Between False Teachers and True Believers
    • High Level Overview
    • The Last Hour
    • Eschatology of 1 John
    • The Last Hour/Days/Times A Time of Trouble, Deception, and Intensified Wickedness
    • Was John Mistaken In Thinking That the Second Coming of Christ Was Imminent?
    • The antichrist
    • Anointing

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07 - (12-12-2021)
  • 1 John 2:22-23 - Christological Test
    • High Level Overview
    • What does it mean to deny “that Jesus is the Christ”?
    • The Christ (christos)
    • The Son of God (huios tou theou)
    • What does it mean to deny “that Jesus is the Christ”?
    • Cerinthian Gnosticism

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Christmas - (12-19-2021)
  • Christmas Special
    • The Origins of Christmas
    • The Origin of the Christmas Tree
    • The Origin of Santa Clause
    • Other Christmas Symbols

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08 - (12-26-2021)
  • 1 John 2:24-28 - Exhortation to Continue in the Truth
    • High Level Overview
    • What is it that John’s readers had “heard from the beginning” (1 John 2:24)?
    • abide(s)(review)(meno)
    • anointing (review)(chrisma)
    • What does John mean when he tells his readers, “you do not need anyone to teach you… his anointing teaches you about everything” (1 John 2:27)?
    • how did the Holy Spirit “teach” John’s readers the truth about Jesus, etc.? What did that look like?

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09 - (01-02-2022)
  • 1 John 2:29 John’s Opening Statement on Divine Sonship
    • righteous (dikaios)
    • born of him (ek autos gennao)
    • So what does it mean for a person to be “born of God”?
    • In the Greek, two different words are used for “know” in this text
    • Pulling together the grammatical analysis of this text
  • 1 John 3:1-3 The Present Status and Future Hope of the “Children of God”
    • High Level Overview
    • Love (agape)
    • The reason why the world does not know us…
    • What does seeing Jesus “as He is” have to do with our being “like Him”?
    • hope (elpis)
    • purifies (hagnizo)

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10 - (01-09-2022)
  • 1 John 3:4-10a Divine Sonship is Utterly Contrary to All Sin
    • “sin” (hamartia)
    • “lawlessness” (anomia)
    • “sin” versus “lawlessness”
    • Is John Teaching That Christians Never Sin?
    • Perfectionism
    • So What Does John Mean in 1 John 3:4-10 When He Seems to Say That Christians Don’t Keep on Sinning?

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11 - (01-16-2022)
  • 1 John 3:4-10a Divine Sonship is Utterly Contrary to All Sin (Part 2)
    • John’s Teaching about the Devil
    • In what way did Christ’s appearance “destroy the works of the devil”?
    • “born of God” – (gennao ek theos)
    • “seed ” – (sperma)
    • Paraphrastic Commentary on 1John 2:29-3:10a by Donald W. Burdick

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