AN OVERVIEW OF THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN


 


Date Written: 85-95 AD (Robertson) 85-100 (F.L. Fisher)

By Whom: The Apostle John

Why Written:

    1. To complete John's joy. I John 1:4

    2. To discourage sin. I John 2:1

    3. To encourage young and old. I John 2:12-14

    4. To affirm their knowledge. I John 2:21

    5. To point out error. I John 2:18, 26; & 3:7;
                a. Concerning false prophets.
                        (1) Teachings are to be examined. I John 4:1-6
                        (2) They are anti-Christ I John 2:18-22
                        (3) They are deceivers. II John 7
                b. Concerning false doctrine
                        (1)Gnosticism. A term from the Greek word Gnosis, knowledge.
                                (a)    Higher Gnosticism. Jesus can not be the Son of God. Can't be God (Spirit)
                                        and Man (Flesh) 1:1-3; 2:22-23; 4:2, 14, 15
                                (b)Lower Gnosticism. Soul and flesh are separated to the extent flesh can't sin or it
                                        doesn't effect a relationship with God. I John 1:6,8, 10; 2:4-6
    6. To give assurance. I John 5:13
 

Some unique or repeated phrases and words.

    1. The phrase "God is", He is light; 1:5; He is love; 4:8, 16

    2. The phrase "if we" - 1:6, 7, 8, 9, 10; 2:3; 4:12; 5:9, 14, 15

    3. The phrase "we know" - 2:3, 18; 3:2, 14, 19, 24; 5:2, 15, 18,19

    4. The phrase "ye know" - 2:20, 21, 29; 3:15

    5. The words write*, 1:4; 2:1,7,8,12,13, 14,21,26 and 5:13

    6. The word "lie* 1:6, 10; 2:4, 21, 22, 27, 4:20; 5:10,

    7. The word "children" 2:1,12,13,18,28; 3:7,10,18;4:4; 5:2, 21

    8. Repeated words; Love 44, some verses 3 times 2:15, 4:7,18,20,  Hear 19, Manifest 7,
        Begin 9, Command 14, Brother 13, World 23,  Know 31, Sin 27, Son, 23, Jesus 12,
        Ww Know 15.

Test to Know if You're Saved.

    1.    Keep the Commandments. 2:3-5,

    2.     Love the Brethren. 3:14;

    3.     The Gift of the Spirit. 4:13; 3:24

    4.     Belief that Jesus is Christ. 5:5, 11-13

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