How we should respond to God’s love.
I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, little children, because you know the Father.
I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God remains in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
1. How can what Jesus Christ has done for us help us if we sin?
v 1 and 2 ... If anyone sins, we have a Counsellor with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. And he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.
2. How does John say we know whether or not we are in the light?
v 9 and 10 He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness even until now. He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him.
3. What does John say about loving the world?
v 15 to 17 Don’t love the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father’s love isn’t in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, isn’t the Father’s, but is the world’s. The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God’s will remains forever.
- v 1 to 6 Jesus Christ enables our sins to be forgiven. We should keep his commandments to show we know him
- v 7 to 11 We should love one another, in response to the commandments
- v 12 to 14 John gives encouragement to believers of all ages
- v 15 to 17 We have to choose between the short-term pleasures of the world and doing God's will
- v 18 to 23 John warns of antichrists arising from among the believers who are denying that Jesus is the Christ
v 24 to 29 The anointing of the believers has given them the knowledge of the true teaching, so they should remain firm in their faith