• Love Your Brothers

    1 John 2:9–11

    When we are honest with ourselves, some Christians are easier to love than others. We all find certain people less offensive than others, and as a result, we will gravitate toward those we consider lovable. But Christ does not call ...Read More

  • The Message of Love

    1 John 3:11

    God calls us to love every Christian. He does not call us to love only our polite brothers or only our Reformed brothers or only our wise brothers. No, if we are to reflect God’s character, then we must ...Read More

  • No Darkness At All

    1 John 1:5

    Many non-Christian scholars of religion stress the difference between man and God to such a degree that they end up saying we cannot truly know anything about Him at all. The incarnation affirms that despite the Creator’s transcendence, God ...Read More

  • No Murderer

    1 John 3:14–15

    How comfortable are you in hating other professing Christians? Do you hold grudges? Do you purposefully avoid speaking to believers whom you dislike? Do you recount all the wrongs someone has done to you even after they have apologized? Ask ...Read More

  • No New Commandment

    1 John 2:7–8

    The emphasis on love in 1 John is the love that we must have for other believers. However, while the needs of John’s audience required him to focus on love for other Christians, we would be mistaken if we ...Read More

  • No One Who Abides

    1 John 3:4–6

    We do well to remember Martin Luther’s insistence that at the same time we are justified, we are also sinners. Until we are glorified, we will struggle with sin. However, we must not let this knowledge make us think ...Read More

  • Our Advocate

    1 John 2:1

    Everyone who is reading this devotional today has not walked in the light as he should. Each of us has fallen short of the glory of God and will fall short of it again in the future. But those of ...Read More

  • Our Glorious Future

    1 John 3:2

    Christ’s work of salvation is comprehensive, involving not only rescue from the penalty and power of sin but also from sin’s corruption. We who are in Jesus can look forward to the day when even our bodies will ...Read More

  • Our Righteous Advocate

    1 John 2:1–2

    Even now, Jesus is pleading with the Father in our behalf, interceding for us that we might be forgiven, purified, and strengthened for holiness. To be sure, we work out our salvation in fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12–13 ...Read More

  • Overcoming the World

    1 John 5:4–5

    Do you believe Jesus is the divine Word of God who became incarnate for the sake of our salvation? Do you believe He is truly God and truly man? If so, this verse promises you will overcome the world. Are ...Read More

  • Passing Away

    1 John 2:17

    The decay we see around us every day bears witness that this world will not last forever. Indeed, the new age that began with the coming of Christ will one day be consummated in a new heavens and a new ...Read More

  • Perfect Love

    1 John 4:17–18

    In commenting on this verse, John Calvin writes, “though fear is not wholly shaken off, yet when we flee to God as to a quiet harbor, safe and free from all danger of shipwreck and of tempests, fear is really ...Read More

  • Practicing Righteousness

    1 John 3:9–10

    The distinction John makes between children of God and children of the Devil denies any naive assertion that all people have God as their Father. Only those who are in Christ by faith and therefore submit to Him as Lord ...Read More

  • Securing Our Faith, II

    1 John 2:1–2

    One of the lessons we can learn from those who use passages like 1 Timothy 2:4 and 1 John 2:1–2 to deny particular redemption is the need to study passages in their context. If these texts are ...Read More

  • Sin That Leads to Death

    1 John 5:16–17

    While we may struggle to understand what the sin leading to death is, this verse encourages us to pray for one another. And even though John does not suggest praying for the person who has committed the sin leading to ...Read More