1 John (part 8)

As John brings his letter to a close, he says, “My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion.” He doesn’t want you living in an illusion, thinking you have eternalContinue reading “1 John (part 8)”

1 John (part 7)

In my first entry on 1 John, I shared the quote that God is light. Here in chapter 4, John says, “God is love.” So, if you’re a logician, you could set up a syllogism and try to confuse yourself: God is light God is love Thus, light is love Or, you could try: GodContinue reading “1 John (part 7)”

1 John (part 6)

Love. Such a simple word and such a complex thing to understand. Three of my favorite authors & speakers have written whole books on love. Back in the day, the old classical author, CS Lewis, wrote The Four Loves. Then there’s a current one called Love Does by Bob Goff. And finally, there’s Love WinsContinue reading “1 John (part 6)”

1 John (part 5)

I don’t want to belabor this point in every entry on 1 John, but I feel the need to address it again quickly because, well, John addresses it again. But once I address this first item, I’ll move on to another topic. Here’s the first item: John makes it pretty clear that those who makeContinue reading “1 John (part 5)”

1 John (part 4)

John has a pretty scathing critique when he comments on the state of our world. Here’s what John says: Practically everything that goes on in the world–wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important–has nothing to do with the Father. It’s pretty straight forward, but to put it in other words:Continue reading “1 John (part 4)”

1 John (part 3)

For such a little letter, 1 John sure is action-packed. We’re still in chapter 2 when John says, “You veterans know the One who started it all; and you newcomers–such vitality and strength! God’s word is so steady in you. Your fellowship with God enables you to gain a victory over the Evil One.” “YouContinue reading “1 John (part 3)”

1 John (part 2)

As chapter 1 transitions to chapter 2, you’ll find an interesting dichotomy. On one hand, John is talking about the light and God himself being the light and how we can share in that life with Him and with others. But here’s the kicker: If we claim we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves.Continue reading “1 John (part 2)”