• They Went Out From Us

    1 John 2:18–19

    Though verse 19 refers to the false teachers who left John’s audience, all those who permanently abandon the biblical Christ exhibit solidarity with false teaching and thus display that they also never had true faith. True believers will not ...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

  • The Love of the World

    1 John 2:15–16

    Evangelical Christians are often quick to protest rampant immorality, and rightly so. However, sometimes it is easy for us to become overly eager to possess certain things and make wealth an idol. While we must not consider buying and selling ...Read More

  • Christian Maturity

    1 John 2:12–14

    The qualities mentioned in today’s passage are qualities for which all Christians should strive, and each of them contributes to the believer’s assurance. As we engage in the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, worship, stewardship, service, and ...Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • His Commandments

    1 John 2:3–6

    Some in church history have advocated perfectionism based partly on verse 5 of today’s passage. 1 John 1:8 makes it clear that this cannot be the case, thus, we must scrutinize our lives to see if we are ...Read More

  • The Whole World

    1 John 2:2

    Scripture’s emphasis on God’s desire to save His people shows us that the atonement was designed to pay fully for all of the sins of the elect. Two thousand years ago, Jesus paid for the sins of His ...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

  • If We Confess Our Sins

    1 John 1:8–10

    First John 1 reminds us that there is tension in the life of the believer, for just as believers will walk in holiness they will also sin. This is not a contradiction, for believers are not slaves to both holiness ...Read More

  • Walk in the Light

    1 John 1:6–7

    Tomorrow we will see that walking in the light is not equal to sinless perfection. Rather, as John Calvin explains, “he who in sincerity of heart spends his life, yea, every part of it, in the fear and service of ...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

  • The Son of Zebedee

    1 John 1:1–4

    There is a tradition about John that says near the end of his life, when it was difficult for him to walk, he was carried into church meetings repeating the exhortation “love one another” over and over again. Basic Christian ...Read More

  • Apostasy

    1 John 2:19

    Apostasy from the new covenant is a real and dangerous possibility. Members of the covenant community that do not have saving faith will receive harsher punishment than those unbelievers who never joined a church (Luke 12:35–48). If a ...Read More

  • Christian Irrationalism

    1 John 1:1–4

    Christian irrationalism often manifests itself in group Bible studies where each individual describes what the text means to them. Though a text may have different individual applications, it can only have one universal meaning. When you are in a group ...Read More