• Christian Irrationalism Devotional

    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 Bible study, be careful about saying things like “what this text means to me is ….” View Resource

  • A Christology of Feeling Devotional

    1 John 1:1–4

    Hegel, himself no friend of biblical Christianity, criticized Schleiermacher, saying that if the essence of religion was the feeling of absolute dependence, then the dog, being absolutely dependent upon people, is the most divine creature of all. Many people feel dependent on their spouses, their jobs, or the teaching of other religions, but this does not make them truly pious. Only those dependent upon the biblical Jesus, who is fully God and fully man, will ever find salvation (John 14:6). View Resource

  • The Son of Zebedee Devotional

    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 truths, such as our need to love one another, are emphasized again and again in 1 John, and we do well to understand that all of us need to be reminded to love one another. Ask God to give you love for other Christians and do what you can to show this love. View Resource

  • No Darkness At All Devotional

    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 has communicated with man. If you are tempted to think we really cannot know God or absolute truth, remember that His incarnation in Christ Jesus shows us we can know Him. Thank Him for speaking on our level. View Resource

  • Walk in the Light Devotional

    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 God, and faithfully worships him, walks in the light, for he keeps the right way, though he may in many things offend and sigh under the burden of the flesh.” Ask the Lord to make you walk in the light and then practice holiness where you have not done so before. View Resource

  • The Blood and the Spirit Devotional

    1 John 1:7

    “Just as the Word of God does not return to him void, neither does the exercise and administration of his sacrament return to him void” (R.C. Sproul, Truths We Confess, vol. 3, p. 89). The preaching of God’s Word will either soften hearts and incline them to His truth, or it will harden hearts against His promises. So it is with the sacraments. We must never take these ordinances lightly but examine ourselves before we witness or participate in them. View Resource

  • The Only Cure Is Forgiveness Devotional

    1 John 1:8-9

    Our sin is worthy of infinite punishment, but the good news of the gospel is that our Lord is infinitely merciful toward His people. He does not hold anything back when He forgives us, but He lavishes His grace upon us when we turn from our wicked ways and rest in Him alone. If you are feeling guilty and dirty this day, know that cleansing and restoration are readily available if you repent and ask God for forgiveness in the name of Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Receiving Forgiveness Devotional

    1 John 1:8–9

    Godly fear makes us work out our salvation by seeking forgiveness in Jesus and living out His pardon in the fruits of a holy life and ministry to others (Phil. 2:12–13). Ungodly fear arrogantly assumes that God’s free forgiveness through faith in Christ alone is not good enough for us and that we must make up for our own sin. If you have trusted in Jesus alone, resist the accuser and do not let doubts about your forgiveness make you unable to minister to others. View Resource

  • If We Confess Our Sins Devotional

    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 and sin. Christians are slaves only to holiness who, because of weakness, sometimes forget their true Master and sin. Thankfully, when this occurs, we can turn to Christ for cleansing! If you repent when you sin, know that you are a true believer. View Resource

  • Our Advocate Devotional

    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 us who have embraced Christ should not let failures lead us away from the Savior. He is our Advocate, and there is nothing we have done that cannot be forgiven — provided we repent of our sins and turn to Christ alone for salvation. Come before the Lord today in repentance. View Resource

  • Our Righteous Advocate Devotional

    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), but we can do so because the Savior prays for us to guarantee our perseverance. Let us rejoice that Jesus continues to advocate for us, and let us always draw near to the throne of grace when we are in need. View Resource

  • Securing Our Faith, II Devotional

    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 not read in light of their surrounding verses, we end up with one set of passages contradicting the clear teaching of Jesus in John 10:11. But when read in context, all of Scripture fits together to teach God’s truth in harmony. Pay close attention to context when you study the Bible. View Resource

  • The Whole World Devotional

    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 people. This great truth should cause us to burst forth in praise of His particular love for us. It should also make us confident when evangelizing, for it means there are people out there who have been bought and will confess faith. Share your faith with a non-believer today. View Resource

  • His Commandments Devotional

    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 keeping His commandments. Do you obey Christ, albeit imperfectly, and are you repentant whenever you do not? If so, you can be sure that you know Him. If you claim Him as Savior, seek today to obey Him as Lord where you have not done so before. View Resource

  • No New Commandment Devotional

    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 thought that loving those outside of the church was not also important. Tomorrow we will focus on loving other believers. Today, think about a non-believer whom you have trouble loving and ask the Lord to help you love that person in thought, word, and deed. View Resource