1 John Commentaries

1 John: Precept Ministries International Inductive Study
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CRITIQUES OF SELECTED RESOURCES

James Rosscup on William Barclay: This is a lucid and well-organized exposition of the epistles with many helpful lists on different facets of truth John can have in mind at different points as on “light” and “darkness” in 1John 1:5. There is stimulating background material and warm application.

James Rosscup on A H Brooke: This ICC work rates with Westcott as one of the top two detailed older commentaries of a technical nature based on the Greek text. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works).

Spurgeon on Robert Candlish: We set great store by these lectures. A man hardly needs anything beyond Candlish. He is devout, candid, prudent and forcible.

James Rosscup on George G Findlay: "Based on the Greek text, this work is one of the great commentaries on the three epistles from more than three quarters of a century ago."

James Rosscup on D Edmond Hiebert: His work "is one of the best medium-length explanations that is serious and clear to deal with most key matters, not pass them by. Hiebert sees ways to have assurance of real salvation, and 1Jn 5:13 as a key for the whole epistle, not confining its focus to details in 1Jn 5:1-12 or 1Jn 5:11,12 (251-52). He views 1Jn 5:16 as a case of a saved person praying for another saved person who receives “life” in the sense of restoration and promotion of his spiritual welfare. He usually takes a stand on what a phrase means, gives reasons, and is plain. His comments in the main body, his extensive bibliography, and frequent footnote references to good sources all exemplify his earnest attempt to give readers light.

James Rosscup on IVP Commentary by Marianne Meye Thompson: A lucid 168-pp., crisp exposition with some application in a flow for popular, general use. In a number of verses the book helps, at others it frustrates due to passing by views and reasons, or lacks sufficient comments. Much generalizing leaves an impression that in order to be seen as saved one must live an ideally perfect life (cf. 43), yet at other points one reads that Christians sin (45). The work has a healthy clarity that real grace, distinct from cheap so-called (but not genuine) grace (51) elicits confession of sin and seeking obedience to God. Such a life with God helps one’s assurance to be a properly experienced reality, as in 1Jn 2:3(51), even this by grace. Some statements are quite helpful, as “righteous conduct does not make us God’s children. Rather, such conduct is the consequence or expression of a relationship that already exists” after rebirth (87). Many issues are left in a blur, for instance “God’s seed remains” (1Jn 3:9)."

James Rosscup on Guy King: Only 127 pages long, this book is like King’s other expositions in that it is rich in phraseology, sermonic ideas and illustrations. It is a good, brief work to recommend to laymen and also good for the preacher or teacher’s heart.

James Rosscup on Alfred Plummer (Cambridge Bible Commentary): Though old, this is a good study from the Greek text which will be helpful in any more advanced study of the epistles. There are other works more highly recommended, however.

James Rosscup on B F Westcott: "This work has long been ranked by many as the best older effort on the Greek text. It is detailed, thorough, and very useful for its incisive, definitive statements on problem areas as well as grammatical matters

SEE ALSO:

Top 5 Commentaries on the Epistles of John - Keith Mathison - Ligonier Ministries

Best Commentaries on John - Tim Challies

1 JOHN COMMENTARY
Verse by Verse Exposition
Compiled by Bruce Hurt
Onsite
Updated July 17, 2015

HENRY ALFORD (1810-1871)
The New Testament for English Readers
1 John Commentary
Recommended

(Read his fascinating brief biography - Henry Alford and Phil Johnson's related comments)

James Rosscup writes that Alford's series on the New Testament "contains much that is valuable in the Greek New Testament...though all of the Greek New Testament words have been changed to English throughout." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works).

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (see his comments in following entry on Alford).

Editorial Note: If you are not proficient in Greek, you will find this work considerably more useful than the following work by Alford, because in this volume he translates the Greek and Latin into English. While the "The Greek New Testament" is longer (e.g., English version of 1John = 66 pages compared to Greek version = 94 pages in part because the latter includes comments of more technical nature), the substance of the commentary is otherwise similar to that found in the "NT for English Readers".

Henry Alford's "The New Testament for English Readers"

HENRY ALFORD
The Greek New Testament
1 John Commentary
Recommended

James Rosscup writes that "This was the great work in the life of the versatile Dean of Canterbury. An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols.). Alford was a Calvinist, conservative and premillennial, though not dispensational. He takes a literal interpretation of the thousand years in Rev. 20 and has a famous quote there, is strong on sovereign election as in Ro 8:29, 30 and 1Pe 1:2, but, unfortunately, holds to baptismal regeneration in such texts as Titus 3:5 and John 3:5. He shows a great knowledge of the Greek text and faces problems of both a doctrinal and textual nature." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

John Piper writes ""When I’m stumped with a...grammatical or syntactical or logical [question] in Paul, I go to Henry Alford. Henry Alford...comes closer more consistently than any other human commentator to asking my kinds of questions."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon writes that this text "is an invaluable aid to the critical study of the text of the New Testament. You will find in it the ripened results of a matured scholarship, the harvesting of a judgment, generally highly impartial, always worthy of respect, which has gleaned from the most important fields of Biblical research, both modern and ancient, at home and abroad. You will not look here for any spirituality of thought or tenderness of feeling; you will find the learned Dean does not forget to do full justice to his own views, and is quite able to express himself vigorously against his opponents; but for what it professes to be, it is an exceedingly able and successful work. The later issues are by far the most desirable, as the author has considerably revised the work in the fourth edition. What I have said of his Greek Testament applies equally to Alford’s New Testament for English Readers,* which is also a standard work." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

Henry Alford's 1903 "The Greek Testament"

WAYNE BARBER
Verse by Verse Exposition of 1 John
Pithy & Practical Sermons - Highly Recommended

Messages Below are Transcripts

WILLIAM BARCLAY
1 John Commentary
Daily Study Bible

James Rosscup: This is a lucid and well-organized exposition of the epistles with many helpful lists on different facets of truth John can have in mind at different points as on “light” and “darkness” in I John 1:5. There is stimulating background material and warm application. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works).

ALBERT BARNES
Notes on the New Testament

James Rosscup writes that Barnes "includes 16 volumes on the Old Testament, 11 on the New Testament. The New Testament part of this old work was first published in 1832–1851. Various authors contributed. It is evangelical and amillennial...Often the explanations of verses are very worthwhile." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos)

C H Spurgeon "Albert Barnes is a learned and able divine, but his productions are unequal in value, the gospels are of comparatively little worth, but his other comments are extremely useful for Sunday-school teachers and persons with a narrow range of reading, endowed with enough good sense to discriminate between good and evil....Placed by the side of the great masters, Barnes is a lesser light, but taking his work for what it is and professes to be, no minister can afford to be without it, and this is no small praise for works which were only intended for Sunday-school teachers." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

BRIAN BELL
Notes on the New Testament
Two Sermon Series - 1999 and 2010 -
Newest Sermons in Bold Font

JOHANN A BENGEL
Commentary on 1 John
From the "Gnomon of the New Testament"

James Rosscup writes "This work (Gnomon), originally issued in 1742, has considerable comment on the Greek, flavoring the effort with judicious details about the spiritual life. It has much that helps, but has been surpassed by many other commentaries since its day." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos)

JOHANN BENGEL
The Critical English Testament
Commentary on 1John

Represents Combination of Bengel's Gnomon (above) and Comments by more modern expositors (in brackets) to make this more usable for those who do not read Greek.

Spurgeon comments on the goal to make Bengel's Gnomon (listed above) more accessible -- "Such is the professed aim of this commentary, and the compilers have very fairly carried out their intentions. The whole of Bengel’s Gnomon is bodily transferred into the work, and as 120 years have elapsed since the first issue of that book, it may be supposed that much has since been added to the wealth of Scripture exposition; the substance of this has been incorporated in brackets, so as to bring it down to the present advanced state of knowledge. We strongly advise the purchase of this book, as it...will well repay an attentive perusal. Tischendorf and Alford have contributed largely...to make this one of the most lucid and concise commentaries on the text and teachings of the New Testament" (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

BIBLE.ORG RESOURCES

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BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR
Anecdotes, Illustrations, Exposition
Joseph Exell, Editor

A E BROOKE
1 John Commentary
International Critical Commentary
Critical and Exegetical Commentary
on the
Johannine Epistles
1912

James Rosscup: This ICC work rates with Westcott as one of the top two detailed older commentaries of a technical nature based on the Greek text. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works).

ROBERT S. CANDLISH
Commentary on 1 John

Spurgeon commenting on this commentary wrote "We set great store by these lectures. A man hardly needs anything beyond Candlish. He is devout, candid, prudent and forcible." (Commenting and commentaries)

Table of Contents

PRELIMINARY CHAPTERS - GENERAL AIM OF THE BOOK

PART FIRST - PRIMARY CONDITION OF THE DIVINE FELLOWSHIP - LIGHT

PART SECOND - INTERMEDIATE CONDITION OF THE DIVINE FELLOWSHIP - RIGHTEOUSNESS

PART THIRD - ULTIMATE CONDITION OF THE DIVINE FELLOWSHIP - LOVE

PART FOURTH - THE DIVINE FELLOWSHIP OF LIGHT, RIGHTEOUSNESS & LOVE OVERCOMING THE WORLD& ITS PRINCE

JOHN CALVIN
Commentary on 1 John
1 John Introduction

ALAN CARR
Sermons on 1 John

RICH CATHERS
Sermons on 1 John

STEVEN COLE
Sermons on 1 John
Excellent Resource
Functions much like a verse by verse commentary

THOMAS CONSTABLE
Click to Scroll Bible text synchronized with Constable's notes.

1 John Expository Commentary

J LIGON DUNCAN
Sermons on 1 John
Updated 6/8/2014

RON DANIEL
Sermons on 1 John

E-CATENA
Compiled Allusions to the NT in the Ante-Nicene Fathers
Sermons on 1 John

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY
Commentary on 1 John
William Alexander

EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT
Commentary on 1 John
David Smith

DEVOTIONAL WRITINGS
On 1 John

F B Meyer, Theodore Epp, Andrew Murray, J C Philpot
C H Spurgeon, Octavius Winslow, Oswald Chambers
Updated May 16, 2015

GEORGE G FINDLAY
Fellowship in the Life Eternal
An Exposition of the Epistles of St John
425 page Pdf

James Rosscup writes "Based on the Greek text, this work is one of the great commentaries on the three epistles from more than three quarters of a century ago." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

BRUCE GOETTSCHE
Sermons
1 John The Real Deal Christian

JOE GUGLIELMO
Sermons
Calvary Chapel of Manitowoc

W. HALL HARRIS III
Exegetical Commentary
Professor of NT Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary
Comfort & Counsel for a Church in Crisis

NORMAN HARRISON
Life, Love, and Light
Life, Love and Light - Gospel and Epistle of John - 1929

The Entries Below are from the Gospel of John

JAMES HASTINGS
Great Texts of the Bible
1 John
(In depth discussion)

DAVID HOLWICK
1 John Sermons
Click > Go to New Testament > 1 John

  • 1 John 1:3 Formed For the Family of God
  • 1 John 1:5-10 Barriers To Forgiveness
  • 1 John 1:8-10 Take Responsibility
  • 1 John 3:19-23 Greater Than Our Hearts
  • 1 John 4:7-12 Becoming a Caring Fellowship
  • 1 John 5:13 The Assurance of Salvation

D EDMOND HIEBERT
Expositional Commentary
Recommended Resource

James Rosscup has the following note on Hiebert's book The Epistles of John An Expositional Commentary. Note that the links below are to Hiebert's articles in Bibliotheca Sacra which form the basis for his formal published work. Thus Rosscup writes that Hiebert's work "is one of the best medium-length (here 371-pp.) explanations that is serious and clear to deal with most key matters, not pass them by. Hiebert sees ways to have assurance of real salvation, and 1Jn 5:13 as a key for the whole epistle, not confining its focus to details in 1Jn 5:1-12 or 1Jn 5:11,12 (251–52). He views 1Jn 5:16 as a case of a saved person praying for another saved person who receives “life” in the sense of restoration and promotion of his spiritual welfare (260). He usually takes a stand on what a phrase means, gives reasons, and is plain. His comments in the main body, his extensive bibliography (351–60), and frequent footnote references to good sources all exemplify his earnest attempt to give readers light." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

Note: Commentary on 1Jn 5:13-21 is from Galaxie.com - $50 annual fee to view entire article but gives access to over 20 major theological journals and literally 1000's of articles.

H A IRONSIDE
Commentary Notes
1 John

IVP COMMENTARY
From Intervarsity Press
1 John Commentary

James Rosscup writes "A lucid 168-pp., crisp exposition with some application in a flow for popular, general use. In a number of verses the book helps, at others it frustrates due to passing by views and reasons, or lacks sufficient comments. Much generalizing leaves an impression that in order to be seen as saved one must live an ideally perfect life (cf. 43), yet at other points one reads that Christians sin (45). The work has a healthy clarity that real grace, distinct from cheap so-called (but not genuine) grace (51) elicits confession of sin and seeking obedience to God. Such a life with God helps one’s assurance to be a properly experienced reality, as in 1Jn 2:3 (51), even this by grace. Some statements are quite helpful, as “righteous conduct does not make us God’s children. Rather, such conduct is the consequence or expression of a relationship that already exists” after rebirth (87). Many issues are left in a blur, for instance “God’s seed remains” (1Jn 3:9)." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

S LEWIS JOHNSON
Sermons on 1 John
Audios and Transcripts

GUY KING
The Fellowship
An Exposition of 1 John

James Rosscup writes that although it is "Only 127 pages long, this book is like King’s other expositions in that it is rich in phraseology, sermonic ideas and illustrations. It is a good, brief work to recommend to laymen and also good for the preacher or teacher’s heart." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

DAVID LEGGE
Sermons
1 John

JOHN MACARTHUR
Sermons
Recommended
Functions much like a verse by verse commentary

ALEXANDER MACLAREN
Sermons on 1 John

BRYN MACPHAIL
Sermons
1 John

HEINRICH MEYER
Critical and Exegetical Commentary
1 John

ROB MORGAN
Sermons
Often Has Excellent Illustrations

His Website has temporarily removed/moved these and these may not be available - May, 2015

MISCELLANEOUS

See below

Net Bible Notes

Excellent resource, includes NETBible notes and Thomas Constable's notes (See caveat) that synchronize with the Scriptures.

OUR DAILY BREAD
Devotionals Related to 1 John
Radio Bible Class
Updated July 3, 2015

JOSEPH PARKER
Comments on 1 John
from The People's Bible

Rosscup: This work, later called Preaching Through the Bible (Baker Book House), is rich in its applications and exhortations, though often not particularly helpful for the reader who is looking for exposition that stays right with the text. Treatment of the texts is sermonic. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

PETER PETT
1 John
Commentary

JOHN PIPER
Sermons

ALFRED PLUMMER
1 John
Cambridge Bible Commentary

James Rosscup writes "Though old, this is a good study from the Greek text which will be helpful in any more advanced study of the epistles. There are other works more highly recommended, however." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

MATTHEW POOLE
English Annotations Commentary
1 John

POPULAR COMMENTARY
1 John
William D Pope,
Didsbury College, Manchester

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY
1 John

PRECEPT HELPS
1 John

PULPIT COMMENTARY
Anecdotes, Illustrations, Expositions on 1 John
Joseph Exell, Editor

  • Introduction
  • Outline
  • Index of Homilies
  • 1 John 1 Expositional Commentary (scroll down for homilies on this resource)
  • 1 John 1:1-4 The Life
  • 1 John 1:1-4 The Apostle's Aim and Method
  • 1 John 1:5 The Message
  • 1 John 1:5 The Great Message
  • 1 John 1:5-10 Message from Christ Brought to Bear on Fellowship with God
  • 1 John 1:6, 7 The Conditions and Consequences of Fellowship with God
  • 1 John 1:6-10 "If...if:" which shall it be?
  • 1 John 1:8-10 Man's Attitude Towards His Own Sins
  • 1 John 2 Expositional Commentary
  • 1 John 2:1,2 God's Remedy for Sin
  • 1 John 2:1,2 Our Advocate and Propitiation
  • 1 John 2:1-6 Sin Supposed: Sin Dealt With
  • 1 John 2:3-5 Verification Verified or Knowing that We Know God
  • 1 John 2:3-5 The True Knowledge of God and Its Infallible Proof
  • 1 John 2:6 Great Professions Involve Great Obligations
  • 1 John 2:6 Christian Profession and Consequent Obligation
  • 1 John 2:7-11 Love and Light
  • 1 John 2:7-11 The Commandment of Brotherly Love
  • 1 John 2:9-11 Living in Light and Love
  • 1 John 2:12-14 Little Ones, Young Men and Fathers
  • 1 John 2:12-14 Seasons of Life and Their Appropriate Spiritual Experiences
  • 1 John 2:12-17 The Great Danger of Christians
  • 1 John 2:15-17 Love of the World Forbidden
  • 1 John 2:15-17 An Apostolic Prohibition and the Reason Thereof
  • 1 John 2:18 A Last Hour or the Divine Enclosure of Revealed Time
  • 1 John 2:18 Many Antichrists
  • 1 John 2:18-29 Antichrist
  • 1 John 2:19 Deserters, Self-revealers.
  • 1 John 2:20, 27 Unction.
  • 1 John 2:20, 27 The Unction of the Holy One
  • 1 John 2:22 The Greatest Possible Lie
  • 1 John 2:23 Having the Father
  • 1 John 2:24, 28 Duty Annexed to Privilege
  • 1 John 2:25 Eternal Life
  • 1 John 2:29 Re-born!
  • 1 John 3 Expositional Commentary
  • 1 John 3:1,2 What Manner of Love!
  • 1 John 3:1 Behold What Manner of Love!
  • 1 John 3:1-12 Righteousness and Sin in Relation to Children of God
  • 1 John 3:2,3 The Present and Future of the Good
  • 1 John 3:3 The Hope: Its Purifying Power
  • 1 John 3:4-6 Dissuasives from Sin
  • 1 John 3:4-12 Sinning in Every Way Incompatible with the Christian Life
  • 1 John 3:13-15 The World's Hatred of Christians
  • 1 John 3:13-24 The Sign of Brotherly Love
  • 1 John 3:14 Love the Evidence of Life
  • 1 John 3:16-18 Love Others for God Hath Loved Thee!
  • 1 John 3:16-18 The Exhibition and Obligation of True Love
  • 1 John 3:19-22 The Judicial Function of Conscience
  • 1 John 3:19-22 The Privileges of Christian Loyalty
  • 1 John 3:23, 24 Outward Precept and Inward Life
  • 1 John 4 Expositional Commentary
  • 1 John 4:1-3 Tests of True or False Prophets
  • 1 John 4:1-6 The Power of Trying the Spirits
  • 1 John 4:1-6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error
  • 1 John 4:4 The Victory of the Christian over Antichristian Teachers
  • 1 John 4:7-12 Love
  • 1 John 4:7-21 Threefold Recommendation of the Duty of Loving One Another
  • 1 John 4:9-11 The Supreme Manifestation of Love
  • 1 John 4:13 God-likeness the Seal of a Divine Indwelling
  • 1 John 4:14 The Historic Basis of the Christian Testimony
  • 1 John 4:14 The Great Mission of Christ
  • 1 John 4:15, 16 Divine Love a Home for the Soul and a Force Within It
  • 1 John 4:16 The Love of God
  • 1 John 4:17, 18 Love's Boldness in the Day of Judgment
  • 1 John 4:17, 18 The Victory of Love Over Fear
  • 1 John 4:19 Creed and Life: The Relation Between Them
  • 1 John 4:19 God's Love and Ours
  • 1 John 4:20, 21 Love to Man the Expression of Love to God
  • 1 John 5 Expositional Commentary
  • 1 John 5:1-3 The Reason and the Evidence of Brotherly Love
  • 1 John 5:1-5 The Victory of Faith
  • 1 John 5:1-12 Faith and the Divine Testimony
  • 1 John 5:4-5 The Victorious Life
  • 1 John 5:6-9 The Divine Witness Objectively Given
  • 1 John 5:6-11 The Fourfold Witness to the Divine Sonship of Jesus
  • 1 John 5:9-12 The Divine Witness Subjectively Verified
  • 1 John 5:9-10 Human and Divine Testimony Compared
  • 1 John 5:12 The Supreme Possession
  • 1 John 5:13 On Believers Knowing that they Have Eternal Life
  • 1 John 5:13-17 Assurance
  • 1 John 5:14, 15 Liberty and Prevalence in Prayer
  • 1 John 5:14, 15 The Christian's Confidence Toward God in Relation to Prayer
  • 1 John 5:15-17 Intercessory Prayer: Its Sphere and Its Issues
  • 1 John 5:16, 17 The Christian's Prayer for His Brethren
  • 1 John 5:18, 19 The Strong Foe and the Stronger Friend
  • 1 John 5:18, 19 The Sublimest Knowledge
  • 1 John 5:18-21 The Three Certainties of the Epistle
  • 1 John 5:20 Life's Hardest Problems Solved
  • 1 John 5:21 Self-Guardianship Against Idolatry
  • 1 John 5:21 Beware of Idols

ROBERT RAYBURN
1 John
Sermons

A. T. ROBERTSON
1 John
Word Pictures
Emphasis on Greek Word Study

DON ROBINSON
1 John
Sermon Notes

JOHNNY SANDERS
1 John Commentary

SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY
1 John
Sermon Notes

ROB SALVATO
1 John
Sermon Notes

CHARLES SIMEON
Sermons on 1 John

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering - Mp3 even better

Another Source of Simeon's Sermons with Scripture Popups

1 John 1 Sermon Notes

1 John 2 Sermon Notes

1 John 3 Sermon Notes

1 John 4 Sermon Notes

1 John 5 Sermon Notes

CHUCK SMITH
1 John
Sermon Notes

See also - 1 John Bible Commentary

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY
1 John

C. H. SPURGEON
All of his Sermons
1 John

1 John 1 Sermons

1 John 2 Sermons

1 John 3 Sermons

1 John 4 Sermons

1 John 5 Sermons

C H SPURGEON
Exposition
1 John

C H SPURGEON
Devotionals 1 John
Morning and Evening & Faith's Checkbook

RAY STEDMAN
First John
Sermons

LIFE WITH FATHER:
DAILY DEVOTIONAL
FROM 1 JOHN FOR MAY

  • 1stLife With Father (1 John 1:1-4) — Do we sometimes wonder at the differences we notice in our experiences with professing Christians? What is a key difference between relationship and fellowship?
  • 2ndIgnoring The Light (1 John 1:3-7) — In what ways is it possible to be a Christian and yet walk in the darkness? Are we being exposed to God's Word and are we willingly examining ourselves in His light?
  • 3rdThe Person Who Denies Sin (1 John 1:8-9) — Even though we can be freed from sin, we cannot claim to be without sin. What is the difference between asking forgiveness and confessing our sin?
  • 4thThe Person Who Rationalizes Sin (1 John 1:10-2:2) — When we sin, what happens when we justify our actions or make excuses for our disobedience? Do we have God's forgiveness for our past, present, and future sins?
  • 5thHow To Walk As He Walked (1 John 2:3-6) — What does it mean to have the life of Christ in us? Have we grasped this abiding reality that Jesus demonstrated to us as the way for us to walk with God?
  • 6thVisible Christianity (1 John 2:7-11) — True Christians are marked by the ability to forgive anyone despite how they feel. Do we need our eyes opened so we can willingly escape the grip of unforgiveness?
  • 7thThe Maturing Process (1 John 2:12-14) — What joy is experienced when deliberate Bible study moves from a 'have to' to a 'want to!' How is our desire for, time with, and practice of God's living Word growing?
  • 8thThe Enemy Around (1 John 2:15-17) — What are three areas in which we are engaged in battle against our lusts and pride? How does this evidence itself in how we spend our time and our money?
  • 9thOn Heresy (1 John 2:18-19) — Heresy results from failure to study and accept the whole of Scripture. What effect does the powerful Word of God have on those who see through its revelation?
  • 10thNo Gray Areas (1 John 2:20-21) — Excuses we make can merely echo the lies of the world. Have we found the absolute truth as it is in Christ or do our excuses reveal gray areas where none should exist?
  • 11thNo Son, No Father (1 John 2:22-23) — The tri-unity of God is a profound mystery. The three persons, eternally One, are a love-giving unity. Are we allowing Christ in us to continue His ministry of love?
  • 12thThe Living Word (1 John 2:24-25) — What is the daily adventure of experiencing God's solution to every problem instead of our own called? Are we willingly letting the living Word possess us each day?
  • 13thThe Teaching Spirit (1 John 2:26-27) — The Holy Spirit is our personal teacher as we spend time in the Word of God. Are we open to listening to the Spirit of Christ in our brothers and sisters also?
  • 14thThe Most Astonishing Thing (1 John 2:28-3:1) — God is the Creator of all mankind, but not the Father of all mankind. We are only children of God by faith in Jesus Christ! How has this truth astonished & affected us?
  • 15thBecoming Pure (1 John 3:2-3) — Thank God for simple soap that helps wash us clean when we are stinky, greasy or muddy! What is God's provision for purifying ourselves after we fall into the pit of sin?
  • 16thTaking Away Sins (1 John 3:4-5) — What was the purpose of Jesus Christ being born in our world? How does the giving of His life affect the recurring death, darkness, and hatred that exists today?
  • 17thAbide In Him (1 John 3:6-8) — Christ's righteousness literally and radically revolutionizes lives. The power of His indwelling Presence is life-changing. Have we in faith accepted the abiding Truth?
  • 18thOne Or The Other (1 John 3:9-10) — How piercing, stunning, and incredible is today's passage of Scripture that is presented to us! What is the whole thrust behind God's gospel message to the world?
  • 19thThe Path Of Love (1 John 3:11-14) — Is one of our prerequisites for loving others that they love us first? Apart from having a new Life within we cannot at all evidence the love God commanded us to show.
  • 20thThe Murderer Within (1 John 3:15-18) — In our season here on earth everyone will have times filled with hate for another; and suppression just increases it. How do we return control to the One who is Love?
  • 21stThe Christian's Tranquilizer (1 John 3:19-20) — When we suffer loneliness, a guilty conscience, or our hearts feel pressured with condemnation, how do we avail ourselves the joy & healing power of His Presence?
  • 22ndPower In Prayer (1 John 3:21-24) — Nothing is quite so boring as Christianity without Christ. An intimate relationship is immersed in communication. Is our daily prayer free & flowing or merely formulated?
  • 23rdWhen Unbelief Is Right (1 John 4:1-3) — No one will dispute the fact of the existence of chaos and anarchy in the world. Have we in our intellectual pride rejected the existence of evil spirits as irrelevant fantasy?
  • 24thGod Is Greater (1 John 4:4-6) — Theological debates can be enlightening sources of learning, yet also wellsprings of pride. Have we first drunk deeply of the life of Christ in us?
  • 25thGod Is Love (1 John 4:7-10) — God showed His love by sending His Son that we might live through Him. Have we learned to recognize the true nature of Love as evidenced in all of God's actions?
  • 26thThe Debt Of Love (1 John 4:11-16) — Unless we have the life of God, we cannot love one another. Have we grasped and exercised the power of His Presence so as not to find this a surprising truth?
  • 27thConfidence At The Judgment (1 John 4:17-21) — What happens when we die? Where do we find the knowledge to confidently answer this question? Are we making ourselves available to Him who loves through us?
  • 28thWe Shall Overcome (1 John 5:1-5) — How are we handling the pressures of life? Are we white-knuckling it, trying to overcome our difficulties, or are we with growing faith resting in Christ at work in us?
  • 29thDoes God Lie? (1 John 5:6-13) — Do we find it easy to believe a trusted friend, or even a stranger or the daily media, but doubt what God says in His Word? Are we making God out to be a liar?
  • 30thPraying Boldly (1 John 5:14-17) — Prayer is designed only to obtain that which is within the will of God. After we pray, are we left in the worry that perhaps prompted us or do we have confidence? Why?
  • 31stGuard Yourself (1 John 5:18-21) — Many think idols are religious things of the past. But today in the present, what is it that makes us enthusiastic? What is it that we regard as supremely important?

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Disclaimer: I do not agree with a number of Richison's comments. Example of one on 2Ti 2:12 in his First John Notes "A Christian is still a Christian even though he disowns the Lord." Read Jesus' words in Mt 10:33 and John's in 1Jn 2:23-note. Many of Richison's comments and applications are excellent, but just be sure you read them with a Berean mindset Acts 17:11-note!

JOHN TRAPP
Commentary
First John

James Rosscup writes "This work has long been ranked by many as the best older effort on the Greek text. It is detailed, thorough, and very useful for its incisive, definitive statements on problem areas as well as grammatical matters (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works

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Commentary
First John

James Rosscup writes "This work has long been ranked by many as the best older effort on the Greek text. It is detailed, thorough, and very useful for its incisive, definitive statements on problem areas as well as grammatical matters (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works

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First John

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  • Introduction to 1 John - "Virtually all sides agree that John lays down three tests: (1) true believers must believe that Jesus truly is the Christ come in the flesh, and this belief must work itself out in (2) righteousness and (3) love."

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  • Warren W. Wiersbe - If you can locate the six-volume edition of the Expositor’s Bible, buy it immediately! It takes up less space than the original fifty-volume set, and not everything in the original set is worth owning. Samuel H. Kellogg on Leviticus is a classic; so is Alexander Maclaren on the Psalms and on Colossians.

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  • 1 John 1 - Net Bible Notes synchronized with Thomas Constable's Notes
  • Caveat Emptor: While Constable's notes are generally excellent, I strongly disagree with his contention that "A practicing sinner...can have a relationship with God (i.e., be a true Christian)." The crucial question is this - can a "practicing sinner" be a "true Christian"? The answer depends on what one means by "practicing." If Constable means that a so-called "true Christian" can live in habitual sin, constantly practicing sin, then this person even by the John's "definition" is NOT a genuine Christian for the apostle writes "one who [present tense = continually] practices sin is of the devil." (1Jn 3:8) A person who truly has the indwelling HOLY SPIRIT, CANNOT continually practice sin! John explains that "No ("ou" the strongest negative in Greek ~ "absolutely no"!) one who is born of God (continually) practices sin (as the habit of their life), because His seed (the Spirit of Christ -Ro 8:9-note) abides in him; and he cannot (present tense - continually, as his habit of life; again notice that "not" is "ou" = absolute negation!) sin, because he is born of God." (1Jn 3:9) John is NOT saying saved sinners do not sin! They do! This writer is proof of that axiom! The qualifier is that they do not make it their everyday, moment by moment practice to sin. They do not "live" to sin! New creatures in Christ (2Cor 5:17-note) are dead to sin (Ro 6:1-2-note, Ro 6:11-14-note) and have a new source of power to live holy lives (indwelling Spirit - 1Cor 3:16, Ro 8:13) and while they certainly do stumble and fall from time to time into old sinful ways, that is not their "lifestyle." To the contrary, the general "direction" of their new life in Christ is toward heaven, not hell! Genuine believers are not "of the devil" (1Jn 3:8), whose future destiny is the Lake of Fire (Mt 25:41). To reiterate, Constable's notes are generally very good, but one must maintain a Berean mindset when using them. (Acts 17:11-note).

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