• 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

  • The Testimony of God

    1 John 5:9–10

    Those who reject the full humanity and full deity of Jesus are not only mistaken, they are sinning. It is not possible to accept the Son of God unless you believe the biblical testimony — God’s testimony — about His person ...Read More

  • Test the Spirits

    1 John 4:1

    In 2 Corinthians 11:14, the apostle Paul warns us that Satan often masquerades as an angel of light. Our enemy is a deceiver and will sometimes hide in the church, influencing teachers subtly or overtly to deny the Word ...Read More

  • That You May Know

    1 John 5:13

    Many theological traditions deny we can be assured of eternal life. Roman Catholicism, for example, denies absolute assurance is possible for any except the greatest saints of the church. But as we can see today, God does want His children ...Read More

  • 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

  • Those Who Go out from Us

    1 John 2:19

    As creatures, our view of others is limited. We can only evaluate outward appearances. Thus, when someone seems to fall away, all we can surmise is that the faith we thought we saw was likely an illusion. Yet even here ...Read More

  • Three That Testify

    1 John 5:6–8

    As the early church grappled with heretics of various sorts, the orthodox were united on the absolute necessity of the full deity and full humanity of Jesus Christ. They realized that only God Himself could rescue us from our desperate ...Read More

  • The True Love of God

    1 John 4:10–12

    Dr. Joel Beeke writes in his Epistles of John that “the great motivation for practical, Christlike living is the doctrine of the cross; hence, every failure to love can be traced back to a failure to understand the cross. When ...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

  • We Have Come to Know

    1 John 4:16

    We can abide in the love God has for us by using our consciousness of this love to motivate us to avoid temptations to sin. We can abide in the love we have for God by praying at all times ...Read More

  • We Ought To Love

    1 John 4:11–12

    That we can help make God’s love reach its full effect by endeavoring to love one another is just another way the New Testament stresses our role in sanctification. Though we do not play a role in our regeneration ...Read More

  • Whatever We Ask

    1 John 3:21–22

    As we spend time in the prayerful study of Scripture, we will know better what pleases God and thus be able to pray more effectively. As we learn Scripture, our prayers should become less self-centered and more in line with ...Read More

  • Whoever Has the Son

    1 John 5:11–12

    Our sovereign God has chosen to grant eternal life only to those who will receive His Son. As Reformed evangelicals we are likely to have no problem affirming this teaching, but how many of us neglect sharing the Gospel with ...Read More

  • Whoever Knows God

    1 John 4:5–6

    Are you from the world or are you from God? Do you heed the voice of Jesus that speaks through His apostles in the New Testament writings or do you listen to the voice of the world that speaks through ...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