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1 JOHN 
OUTLINE
D. EDMOND HIEBERT

Recommended Resource - An Introduction to the New Testament - D Edmond Hiebert

An Outline of 1 John
    I. The Introduction, 1 John 1:1-4 
         A. The eyewitness testimony to the Word of life, 1 John 1:1 
         B. The historic manifestation of the Word of life, 1 John 1:2 
         C. The resultant fellowship of believers, 1 John 1:3-4 
    II. Assurance Through the Test of Fellowship, 1 John 1:5-2:17 
         A. The basis for fellowship, 1 John 1:5 
         B. The hindrances to fellowship, 1 John 1:6-10 
             1. The denial of the reality of sin, 1 John 1:6-7 
             2. The denial of the principle of sin, 1 John 1:8-9 
             3. The denial of the practice of sin, 1 John 1:10 
         C. The maintenance of fellowship, 1 John 2:1-17 
             1. The provision for maintenance of fellowship, 1 John 2:1-2 
             2. The signs of the maintenance of fellowship, 1 John 2:3-17 
                  a. The sign of obedience, 1 John 2:3-5 
                  b. The sign of imitation, 1 John 2:6 
                  c. The sign of love, 1 John 2:7-11
                  d. The sign of separation, 1 John 2:12-17 
                      i. The grounds for separation from the world, 1 John 2:12-14 
                      ii. The appeal for separation from the world, 1 John 2:15-17 
    III. Assurance Through the Conflict of Faith, 1 John 2:18-4:6 
         A. The conflict between truth and error, 1 John 2:18-28 
             1. The crisis faced by the believer, 1 John 2:18-19 
             2. The resources of the believer, 1 John 2:20-21 
             3. The criterion of a true believer, 1 John 2:22-25 
             4. The summary of the teaching, 1 John 2:26-28 
         B. The conflict between the children of God and children of the devil, 1 John 2:29-3:12 
             1. The sign of the child of God, 1 John 2:29-3:3 
                  a. The practice of righteousness, 1 John 2:29 
                  b. The realization of present sonship, 1 John 3:1-2a 
                  c. The purifying effect of the future hope, 1 John 3:2b-3 
             2. The revelation from the practice of sin, 1 John 3:4-8a 
                  a. The implications of the practice of sin, 1 John 3:4-5 
                  b. The revelation of the two classes, 1 John 3:6-8a 
             3. The deliverance from the practice of sin, 1 John 3:8b-9 
             4. The sign of the children of God and children of the devil, 1 John 3:10-12 
         C. The conflict between love and hate,1 John 3:13-24 
             1. The evidential value of love and hate, 1 John 3:13-15 
             2. The manifestation of love and hate, 1 John 3:16-18 
                  a. The example and obligation of love, 1 John 3:16 
                  b. The revelation of the lack of love, 1 John 3:17 
                  c. The exhortation to practice true love, 1 John 3:18 
             3. The assurances from the presence of love, 1 John 3:19-24 
                  a. The assurance of being in the truth, 1 John 3:19-20 
                  b. The assurance of answered prayer, 1 John 3:1-22 
                  c. The assurance of union with Christ, 1 John 3:23-24 
         D. The conflict between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error, 1 John 4:1-6 
             1. The charge to test the spirits, 1 John 4:1 
             2. The criterion for testing the spirits, 1 John 4:2-3 
             3. The criterion for testing men, 1 John 4:4-6 
    IV. Assurance from the Evidence of Love, 1 John 4:7-5:5 
         A. The nature of redeeming love, 1 John 4:7-16a 
             1. The basis for the assurance from love,1 John 4:7-8 
             2. The manifestation of redeeming love, 1 John 4:9-10 
             3. The obligation to mutual love, 1 John 4:11 
             4. The perfecting of Christian love, 1 John 4:12 
             5. The confirmations of redeeming love, 1 John 4:13-16a 
         B. The results of love, 1 John 4:16b-5:5 
             1. The result in respect to self, 1 John 4:16b-18 
             2. The result in respect to others, 1 John 4:19-21 
                  a. The principle of love, 1 John 4:19 
                  b. The profession of love, 1 John 4:0 
                  c. The proof of love, 1 John 4:21 
             3. The result in respect to God, 1 John 5:1-5 
                  a. The revelation of love in saving faith, 1 John 5:1 
                  b. The revelation of love in obedience to God, 1 John 5:2-3 
                  c. The revelation of love in overcoming faith, 1 John 5:4-5 
    V. Assurance from the Witness of the Spirit, 1 John 5:1-12 
         A. The external, historic witnesses, 1 John 5:6-9 
         B. The internal witness of the Spirit, 1 John 5:10-12 
    VI. The Conclusion, 1 John 5:13-21 
         A. The certainty of salvation as the purpose in writing, 1 John 5:13 
         B. The confidence of answered prayer, 1 John 5:14-15 
         C. The counsel in respect to intercession, 1 John 5:16-17 
         D. The certainties of the Christian faith, 1 John 5:18-20 
             1. The certainty of the Christian's practice, 1 John 5:18 
             2. The certainty of the Christian's contrast to the world, 1 John 5:19 
             3. The certainty of Christ's mission, 1 John 5:20 
         E. The final warning against idols, 1 John 5:21

PRECEPT MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
1 JOHN
HOW TO KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE
INDUCTIVE STUDY

Precept Workbook on 1 John - 12 weeks, 11 lessons Download lesson 1 - Note that this has the 5 chapters double spaced with wide margins which can be printed out to facilitate marking key words, and carrying out other aspects of inductive Bible study especially making observations.


Study Helps from Precept Louisiana

LESSON 1 - OVERVIEW

LESSON 2 - The Setting- GNOSTICISM

LESSON 3 - "IF I SAY"

LESSON 4 - "IF I SIN"

LESSON 5 - THE WORLD

LESSON 6 - SIN

LESSON 7 - FELLOWSHIP

LESSON 8 - KNOW

LESSON 9 - LOVE

LESSON 10 - ABIDE

LESSON 11 - FINAL WORDS

CRITIQUES OF SELECTED RESOURCES
EPISTLE OF FIRST JOHN

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 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).

Hiebert's critique on A Brooke - Greek text. Important introductory discussion of critical problems. The exegetical treatment of the text is valuable but must be read with theological discrimination. Has an extended treatment of the text on the "heavenly witnesses."

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.

Hiebert's critique on Robert Candlish: A series of forty-six sermon-lectures fervently presenting Christ as the only begotten Son of God and the believer's relationship to Him. First published in 1866, it vigorously attacks Romanist doctrine and warns against apostasy. The biographical sketch by Wilbur M. Smith adds to the value of the volume.

Cyril Barber on John James Lias (see below)- One of the finest exegetical and expository works for preachers. Provides an excellent basis for a series of sermons. Deserves a place in the library of every minister and lay preacher. (The Minister's Library - Volume 2)

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."

Hiebert's critique on George G Findlay: An exhaustive, conservative exposition combining careful scholarship with rare spiritual insight. Emphasizes the doctrinal as well as the practical teaching of the epistles.

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:

1 JOHN COMMENTARY
Verse by Verse Exposition
Compiled by Bruce Hurt, MD
July, 2015

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

(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

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"

JACK ARNOLD
EXPOSITORY SERMONS
EPISTLE OF FIRST JOHN

WAYNE BARBER
Verse by Verse Exposition of 1 John

Pithy & Practical Sermons - Highly Recommended

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
EPISTLE OF FIRST JOHN

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)

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
SERMON NOTES
EPISTLE OF FIRST JOHN

Two Sermon Series - 1999 and 2010 - Newest Sermons in Bold Font

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT
THE EPISTLE OF ST JOHN
ALFRED PLUMMER

Cyril Barber - This....1886 commentary from the Cambridge Greek Testament series readily interacts with critical issues raised by the publication of the NT texts of Tischendorf and Tregelles. Plummer then treats these letters in a most commendable way, providing some unique insights into the thought of the apostle and the nuances of the original text. (The Minister's Library, Volume 2)

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)


CHRIS BENFIELD
1 JOHN
SERMONS

JOHANN A BENGEL
Commentary on 1 John
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)

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
EPISTLE OF FIRST JOHN

Resources that Reference 1 John 

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR
Anecdotes, Illustrations, Exposition
Joseph Exell, Editor

A E BROOKE
1 John Commentary

International Critical Commentary Critical and Exegetical Commentary - 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).

Hiebert's critique - Greek text. Long recognized as a classic commentary on the Johannine epistles. First published in 1883. Bruce has updated the introductory material and provided a summary of the discoveries and developments since Westcott's time.


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)

Cyril Barber - A true classic. Rich in insights, it makes rewarding reading. When we consider that these studies were really sermons delivered to the congregation of which Candlish was the pastor, it would be encouraging to see laypeople buying and reading this work today. Reprinted from the 1877 edition. Recommended. (The Minister's Library, Volume 2)


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

ALAN CARR
Sermons on 1 John

RICH CATHERS
Sermons on 1 John

Has frequent illustrations (see some below)...

  • 1 John 1:1-4 - excerpt...

    God’s desire is that we learn from Jesus’ example of humility to learn to serve others like Jesus.
    Illustration - A farmer was out plowing his field one spring morning. The spring thaw had just occurred and there were many muddy valleys in the field. Through one particularly wet place his tractor became stuck in the mud. The harder he tried, the deeper he became stuck. Finally, he walked over to his neighbor's to ask for help. The neighbor came over and looked at the situation. He shook his head, and then said, "It doesn't look good, but I tell you what. I'll give it a try pulling you out. But if we don't get it out, I'll come sit in the mud with ya!"Jesus was humble enough to "sit in the mud" with us, and we ought to learn to do the same for others.​​​​​​

  • 1 John 1:3-9 - excerpt...
    1 John 1:3 Correct fellowship - This seems to be John’s main goal in his letter to the church, that we’d have the correct kind of fellowship. Fellowship is having something in common with someone else. Some people have “soccer fellowship” because they take their kids to the same soccer team. Some people have “work fellowship” because they all work at the same place, all hate the same boss, and all complain about the same lousy work conditions. Some people have “bar fellowship” because they all hang out at the same bar, for various reasons. Some people have “church fellowship” because they all happen to go to the same church, sometimes for different reasons, but they’re still at the same church. John is saying that he wants to make sure that our basis for “having something in common” is the right one. Are we together for the right reasons? If our soul supply of “resources” depends on looking to other people, we’re going to have problems.
    Illustration - Our energy crisis in California is based on the fact that we don’t have enough electricity. We are becoming increasingly dependant upon other states, outside sources to bring in enough electricity. If we have enough generators inside California, we wouldn’t be having this problem. It’s okay to receive “resources”, strength, encouragement from people. Part of our fellowship needs to be with “each other”. There’s a sense in which we all have little teeny power outlets in us, that others can hook up to for a little “charge”.
    Illustration - When someone’s car battery dies and they need a jump start, we can pop open our hood and connect our battery to theirs with a jumper cable. But when we become too dependant on others, if we’re only looking for the encouragement we can get from others, we’re settling far short of what God has for us. Encouragement from other people comes across at little twelve volt bursts. But the encouragement, support, and resources we can receive directly from God comes across in megawatts.Draw on God’s resources.
    1 John 1:7 - He can cleanse you. We’re used to seeing those laundry detergent commercials on TV where they talk about those “really hard stains”. Jesus can cleanse you from your really difficult stains.
    Illustration - "The Blood of Christ" - One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of the Holy Spirit in her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs and prostitution. But, the change in her was evident. As time went on she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry teaching young children. It not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and the heart of the pastor's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans. This is when the problems began. You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor's son. The church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting. As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting got completely out of hand. The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past. As she began to cry, the pastor's son stood to speak. He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife to be. He began to speak and his statement was this: "My fiance's past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?" Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters. Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse the other person completely, then it cannot cleanse us completely. If that is the case, then we are all in a lot of trouble. What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
  • 1 John 1-2 Survey
  • 1 John 1:5-10 - excerpt...

    1 John 1:7 - The blood of Jesus doesn’t just cleanse us from some sins, but all sins. Even the ones you might think are impossible to be forgiven.
    Illustration - There’s an article in this week’s Time magazine (1-19-98) about a gal who is on death row in Texas for a crime committed in Houston on June 13, 1983. She had been taking an incredible amount of drugs, and with her boyfriend hacked two people to death with a pickax. She admits to the crime. She has become a born-again Christian. Could she really be forgiven? Absolutely. 
    Illustration - It is the closing scene in the motion picture, Ben Hur. The sky is disappearing behind the ominous looking cloud formations. The movie camera takes a long shot of three crosses rising out of a distant hill. Then the camera moves in close, closer, to the figure stretched out on the center cross. Lightning reveals a man squirming in silent agony to the rhythm of the flashes. It is raining hard. With each flash of light, the pool of rain water at the foot of the cross grows larger. Suddenly a single drop of blood drips into the pool and scatters. Then another drop falls. And then another. The pool is now tinted light red. The rain comes harder and the pool overflows into another pool immediately below it. The second pool reddens and enlarges, overflowing into still another pool which, in turn, overflows into a small stream. The blood-stained stream flows into a larger stream which meets a river which flows into an ocean.
    1 John 1:8 - Don’t ignore your problems. You only tend to deceive yourself and prolong the problems.
    Illustration - For some people, the pain of self-realization is just too much to bear. British painter and engraver William Hogarth was once commissioned to paint the portrait of an exceptionally ugly nobleman. As was his custom, he depicted the subject with the utmost frankness and realism. When the nobleman saw the portrait, he refused to pay for it, and a bitter discussion ensued. Eventually Hogarth, needing the money, sent a letter to his client, saying that a certain showman who specialized in exhibiting freaks and monstrosities was interested in the portrait. Unless Hogarth received payment within three days, he would embellish the picture with a tail and other appendages and sell it to the showman for exhibition. The nobleman paid up, then burned the portrait.
    Illustration - In Charles Colson's book, Born Again, which is about his experiences during Watergate, Colson shares one of President Nixon's problems -- he could never admit he was wrong in anything. In fact, Colson said that even when Nixon obviously had a cold -- nose running, face red, sneezing, all the symptoms of a cold -- he would never admit it.

  • 1 John 2:1-6 - excerpt...

    1 John 2:2 - Propitiation – hilasmos – an appeasing, propitiating. A "propitiatory" was a place where wrath was satisfied, where the price was paid. The mercy seat on the ark of the covenant was a "propitiatory", where blood was sprinkled, and the sins of the people were taken care of. The idea is that Jesus’ death was what paid the price of God’s righteous wrath for our sins.
    Illustration -  Bible teacher G. Campbell Morgan told of a coal miner who came to him and said, "I would give anything to believe that God would forgive my sins, but I cannot believe that He will forgive them if I just ask Him. It is too cheap." Morgan said, "My dear friend, have you been working today?" "Yes, I was down in the mine." "How did you get out of the pit? Did you pay?" "Of course not. I just got into to cage and was pulled to the top." "Were you not afraid to entrust yourself to that cage? Was it not too cheap?" Morgan asked. "Oh no," said the miner, "it was cheap for me, but it cost the company a lot of money to sink the shaft." Suddenly the truth struck him. What had not cost him anything -- salvation -- had not come cheap to God. This miner had never thought of the great price God paid to send His Son so He could rescue fallen humanity. Now he realized that all anyone had to do was to "get into the cage" by faith.

  • 1 John 2:7-11
  • 1 John 2:12-17 - excerpt...

    John has been talking about how we are to love if we’re Christians.Now it’s time to draw a line as to how far our love goes.
    Illustration - A group of first graders had just completed a tour of a hospital, and the nurse who had directed them was asking for questions. Immediately a hand went up. "How come the people who work here are always washing their hands?" a little fellow asked. After the laughter had subsided, the nurse gave a wise answer: "They are ‘always washing their hands’ for two reasons. First, they love health; and second, they hate germs". (Wiersbe)

  • 1 John 2:18-29
  • 1 John 3-5 Survey
  • 1 John 3:1-10
  • 1 John 3:4-10
  • 1 John 3:10-23
  • 1 John 3:11-19
  • 1 John 3:20-24
  • 1 John 4:1-3
  • 1 John 4:3-11
  • 1 John 4:12-21
  • 1 John 5:1-3
  • 1 John 5:4-5
  • 1 John 5:6-9
  • 1 John 5:10-13
  • 1 John 5:14-15
  • 1 John 5:16-21

STEVEN COLE
Sermons on 1 John
Excellent Resource

Functions much like a verse by verse commentary with more than 250 pages of exposition. Highly recommended. 

THOMAS CONSTABLE
EXPOSITORY NOTES
1 JOHN

See caveat regarding some of Constable's notes on First John.

DICTIONARY OF BIBLE THEMES
(TOPICAL STUDY)
MARTIN MANSER
1 JOHN

NoteThis resource is useful to help you with topics covered by the passage you are studying. Click the verse for the topics (examples listed for 1 John 1:1 - click on "1690 word of God" to see brief definition various aspects of the Word of God with Scriptural examples. Then you can either click the arrow to advance to the next verse or you can go to the top of the page in the dropdown window and select the specific verse or chapter you would like to study.


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     2018   Christ, divinity
     2033   Christ, humanity
     2203   Christ, titles of
     4909   beginning
     5159   hearing
     5194   touch
     5624   witnesses, to Christ
     9110   after-life

J LIGON DUNCAN
Sermons on 1 John

RON DANIEL
Sermons on 1 John

E-CATENA
Sermons on 1 John

Compiled from the Ante-Nicene Fathers

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY
Commentary on 1 John
William Alexander

EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT
Commentary on 1 John
DAVID SMITH

DEVOTIONAL WRITINGS
EPISTLE OF FIRST JOHN

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

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

This is a 425 page book.

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)

Cyril Barber - A fine example of dedicated scholarship ably blended with rich spiritual insights. Well deserving of the status of classic. Preachers will find this study of great value as they prepare their own messages. (The Minister's Library, Volume 2)

BRUCE GOETTSCHE
Sermons
Epistle of 1 John
The Real Deal Christian

JOE GUGLIELMO
Sermons on 1 John 
Calvary Chapel of Manitowoc

Audio and transcripts - for transcripts select "Read."

W. HALL HARRIS III
Exegetical Commentary
Epistle of First John

Professor of NT Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Comfort & Counsel for a Church in Crisis

NORMAN HARRISON
Life, Love, and Light
1 JOHN COMMENTARY

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

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)

Cyril Barber (also referring to the book as does Rosscup) - Hiebert, a Mennonite NT scholar, delves into the letters of John to exact from them the truths that underscore the Christian life and find expression in the kind of walk that pleases the Lord. While he uses the text of the KJV for the benefit of his readers, he works from the original Greek text for his exposition, combining sound exegesis with devotional comments on the text. Here is a volume that is illustrative of the best evangelicalism has to offer. Recommended. (The Minister's Library, Volume 3)

Note: Commentary on 1Jn 5:13-21 is from Galaxie.com - $50 annual or $5 monthy fee to view entire article but gives access to over 30 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

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
Epistle of First John

Recommended. Functions much like a verse by verse commentary

ALEXANDER MACLAREN
Sermons on 1 John

BRYN MACPHAIL
Sermons
1 John

HENRY MAHAN
SERMONS & COMMENTARY
FIRST JOHN


​​​​​​​Henry Mahan's Commentary on 1 John 

HEINRICH MEYER
Critical and Exegetical Commentary
1 John

ROB MORGAN
Sermons on 1 John

Often Has Excellent Illustrations

MISCELLANEOUS

See below

HENRY MORRIS
DEFENDER'S STUDY BIBLE
NOTES ON FIRST JOHN

Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading creationist commentator, Dr Henry Morris. 
Note - Click the links below for the notes related to that word or phrase (which is based on the KJV translation).
Note also that some verses have more than one note (e.g., 1 John 1:1 has 3 separate notes).


1 JOHN 1

1 JOHN 2

1 JOHN 3

1 JOHN 4

1 JOHN 5

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)

PASTOR LIFE
SERMONS BY VARIOUS PASTORS
1 JOHN

Sermons from Baptist pastors.

PETER PETT
1 John
Commentary

JOHN PIPER
Sermons

MATTHEW POOLE
English Annotations Commentary
1 John

POPULAR COMMENTARY
1 John
William D Pope

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY
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

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

JAMES SMITH
HANDFULS OF PUROSE
1 JOHN

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?

SAM STORMS
Sermons
First John

Third Millennium
Commentary Notes on
First John

1 John 1 Commentary Notes

1 John 2 Commentary Notes

1 John 3 Commentary Notes

1 John 4 Commentary Notes

1 John 5 Commentary Notes

Today in the Word
Devotionals from Moody Bible Institute
First John

>90 devotionals

GRANT RICHISON
Today's Word
First John Commentary

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 1 Jn 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

B F WESTCOTT
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

BOB UTLEY
Commentary
First John

MARVIN VINCENT
Emphasis on Greek Word Study
First John

STEVE ZEISLER
Sermons on 1 John
Peninsula Bible Church

MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES
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1 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."

GARY W. DERICKSON

CHARLES ELLICOTT

EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS

GENE GETZ - short videos discussing principles associated with the respective passages being studied.

  • 1 John 1:1-2; Proclaiming the Message of Salvation: Though we are among those who have not seen Jesus Christ, we are to proclaim the message of salvation based on the accounts of reliable eyewitnesses. Video
  • 1 John 1:3-4; The Deity of Jesus Christ: To have a right relationship with God and one another, we must have a correct view of the Lord Jesus Christ.Video
  • 1 John 1:5-2:2; Practicing the Truth: To have intimate fellowship with God, we must confess our sins and live in His will. Video
  • 1 John 2:3-11; Loving God and Others: To have an intimate relationship with God, we must develop loving relationships with one another. Video
  • 1 John 2:12-14; Evaluating Spiritual Growth: Regardless of our level of maturity, as Christians we should continually evaluate the extent to which we are walking in the light rather than in darkness. Video
  • 1 John 2:15-17; Overcoming the World: We must be on guard against worldly influences that interfere with our love for God and for one another. Video
  • 1 John 2:18-27; False Apostles and Prophets: We must reject the teachings of anyone who denies that Jesus Christ is God and that He came in human flesh. Video
  • 1 John 2:28-3:3;The Second Coming: To sincerely anticipate seeing Jesus Christ face to face, we must live in daily fellowship with God and with one another.Video
  • 1 John 3:4-15; True Spirituality: If we are born again and understand God's will for our lives, we will not continue to live a sinful lifestyle. Video
  • 1 John 3:16-23; Loving as Christ Loved: To grow in our love for one another, we must follow Christ's example. Video
  • 1 John 3:24-4:6;The God-Man: We must never allow ourselves to be influenced by those who fail to teach that Jesus Christ was and is the God-man. Video
  • 1 John 4:7-14; Our Corporate Witness: We are to love one another as Christ loved us so that we reveal God's message of love and salvation to the world. Video
  • 1 John 4:15-19; Our Heavenly Father: Though God is holy and absolutely righteous, more and more we are to relate to Him without fear as our loving heavenly Father. Video
  • 1 John 5:1-5; Reciprocal Love: To obey God's commands as a privilege rather than a burden, we must love God as He loves us. Video
  • 1 John 5:6-13 Overcoming Doubt: When tempted to doubt our salvation experience, we should review the promises God has given us in His Word. Video
  • 1 John 5:14-15; Effective Prayer: When we pray, we should always seek to voice requests that are in harmony with God's will. Video

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    1 John

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    PAUL APPLE

    • See his introduction for some well worded comments on the interpretative approach of Zane Hodges (et al) - Excerpt...
      The bottom line is that from an interpretation standpoint, 1 John truly is about "tests of life" with the emphasis on this second track of assurance. From an application standpoint many of the pastoral concerns of Hodges (and others) are certainly helpful in terms of motivating believers to live in closer fellowship with the Father, abiding in a deeper sense, etc. Certainly we all benefit from applying to our lives those challenges that call us to love our brother, to separate from worldliness, to embrace the truth, to recognize error, to continue to confess our sin on an ongoing basis, etc. We can all improve in terms of drawing closer to God. But that is by way of application -- not interpretation. When you look at the contrasts presented in the epistle (between light and darkness, between life and death, between truth and error … read through the book on your own and make a list of these contrasts …) it is evident that these are black and white distinctions between believers and non-believers. John is presenting pass / fail tests that are designed to increase our level of assurance as believers.
    • 1 John - Tests of Eternal Life - A Devotional Commentary

    HUGH BINNING (1627-1653)

    A E BROOKE

    • The International Critical Commentary - A Critical and Exegetical Commentary Contents - Note: This work is somewhat verbose and can be very liberal so it should be read with a strong Acts 17:11 Berean mindset to avoid missing the true meaning of the text!
    • John Cereghin's critique - He thinks in I John, Christ is "separated from us by sinlessness rather than by Divinity" (xvi); will not suggest who the author is (xviii); discusses the meaning of “propitiation” (23-27); argues from the meaning of the Greek tense; refers to the antichrist legend (59,69-79); holds that John clearly identified Jesus the man who lived a human life with the Son of God (121-122); has extended comments on the text of the “heavenly witnesses” (154-165). (He paraphrases Cyril Barber's comment in which he latter says Brooke) Deprecates the deity of Christ, rejects as "legend" the teaching regarding the Antichrist and minimizes the efficacy of Christ's death on the cross. Exegetically valuable; theological unreliable.
    • 1 John 1
    • 1 John 2
    • 1 John 3
    • 1 John 4
    • 1 John 5

    JOHN CEREGHIN

    ADAM CLARKE

    HENRY COWLES

    C CRAIN

    JOHN DUMMELOW

    EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE

    • 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.
    • 1 John 1
    • 1 John 2
    • 1 John 3
    • 1 John 4
    • 1 John 5

    A C GAEBELEIN

    JOHN GILL

    DAVID GUZIK - brief but well done, conservative notes. Recommended.

    ROBERT HAWKER

    MATTHEW HENRY

    F B HOLE

    JAMIESON, FAUSSET, AND BROWN

    PAUL E KRETZMANN (POPULAR COMMENTARY)

    WILLIAM KELLY

    • Hiebert's critique - Prints author's new translation. Twenty wordy lectures by a noted Plymouth Brethren scholar of the past century. Provides an important study of the text with numerous comments and illustrations of the religious scene from a perspective of intense loyalty to the Scriptures.
    • 1 John 1
    • 1 John 2
    • 1 John 3
    • 1 John 4
    • 1 John 5

    LANGE COMMENTARY

    ROBERT LAW

    JOHN JAMES LIAS (1887)

    IAN MACKERVOY

    F B MEYER (THROUGH THE BIBLE COMMENTARY)

    JAMES MORGAN (1866)

    J VERNON MCGEE

    AUGUSTUS NEANDER (1852)

    JOSEPH PARKER (THE PEOPLE'S BIBLE)

    ROBERT NEIGHBOUR (LIVING WATER COMMENTARY)

    JAMES NISBET (CHURCH PULPIT COMMENTARY)

    SAMUEL EYLES PIERCE (1835)

    HENY SAWTELLE (1888)

    • Hiebert's critique - A conservative interpretation by a Baptist scholar of the past century. Offers a careful unfolding of the original for the English reader.
    • 84 pages but print small so in effect well over 100 pages compared to usual text size. Easy to follow verse by verse and phrase by phrase exposition.
    • 1 John 1
    • 1 John 2
    • 1 John 3
    • 1 John 4
    • 1 John 5

    JOHN STOCK (1865)

    CHAPTER AND VERSE
    1 John 1

    BRUCE HURT, MD

    BIBLE GATEWAY

    STEVE ANDREWS

    RICK EZELL

    NET BIBLE

    • 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." (1 Jn 3:8-note) 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), (Note carefully the next term of explanation - John clearly explains why a true believer absolutely can not continually live in sin) 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." (1 Jn 3:9-note) Note carefully what John is not saying here - he 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 sinning their everyday, moment by moment practice. Stated another way they do not "live" to sin! Or stated even another way, before we were saved we chased after sin, but after we are saved, sin chases after us! As brand new creatures in Christ (2 Cor 5:17-note) we 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, the indwelling Spirit of Christ (1 Cor 3:16, Ro 8:13-note). And while we certainly do stumble and fall from time to time into old sinful ways, that is not our "lifestyle." To the contrary, the general "direction" of our brand new life in Christ is toward heaven, not  toward hell (cp two ways = Mt 7:13-14-note)! Genuine believers are not "of the devil" (1 Jn 3:8-note), 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).

    J C RYLE

    JAMES HASTINGS (GREAT TEXTS)

    ILLUSTRATIONS

    NORMAN HARRISON

    DANIEL WALLACE

    W A CRISWELL

    OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

    J C RYLE

    J C PHILPOT

    MIDDLETOWN BIBLE

    ILLUSTRATIONS

    CHAPTER AND VERSE
    1 John 2

    COMMENTARY BY BRUCE HURT

    BIBLE GATEWAY

    NET BIBLE

    JAMES HASTINGS (GREAT TEXTS)

    W A CRISWELL

    JOHN BUNYAN

    WILLIAM LAW

    CALVIN WITTMAN

    RICK EZELL

    UNKNOWN

    ILLUSTRATIONS

    NORMAN HARRISON

    THOMAS WATSON

    JOHN FAWCETT

    J R MILLER

    ILLUSTRATIONS

    C H SPURGEON

    J C RYLE

    JOHN ANGELL JAMES

    THOMAS WATSON

    BIBLEHUB

    THOMAS CHALMERS

    ILLUSTRATIONS

    J. C. PHILPOT

    DANIEL WALLACE

    JOHN MACARTHUR

    NORMAN HARRISON

    C H SPURGEON

    CHAPTER AND VERSE
    1 John 3

    COMMENTARY BY BRUCE HURT

    BIBLE GATEWAY

    JAMES HASTINGS (GREAT TEXTS)

    NET BIBLE

    RAY PRITCHARD

    CALVIN WITTMAN

    RICK EZELL

    ROBERT MURRAY M'CHEYNE

    W A CRISWELL

    ILLUSTRATIONS

    MURDOCH CAMPBELL

    JOHN MACDUFF

    MURDOCH CAMPBELL

    JOHN WESLEY

    DEREK THOMAS

    OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

    CHAPTER AND VERSE
    1 John 4

    COMMENTARY BY BRUCE HURT

    BIBLE GATEWAY

    NET BIBLE

    BRIAN BILL

    NORMAN HARRISON

    JAMES HASTINGS (GREAT TEXTS)

    BRIAN BILL

    BIBLE.ORG

    RAY PRITCHARD

    W A CRISWELL

    G CAMPBELL MORGAN

    JAMES HASTINGS (GREAT TEXTS)

    CHAPTER AND VERSE
    1 John 5

    BIBLE GATEWAY

    NET BIBLE

    JOHN MACARTHUR

    DEREK THOMAS

    J C RYLE

    CHARLES T BUNTIN

    NORMAN HARRISON

    JOHN ANGELL JAMES

    ARTHUR PINK

    JAMES HASTINGS (GREAT TEXTS)

    W A CRISWELL

    JOHN WESLEY

    JOHN GILL

    DANIEL WALLACE

    OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

    RONALD MEEKS

    ILLUSTRATIONS

    F F BRUCE

    P G MATTHEW

    IRVIN A BUSENITZ

    JOHN WESLEY

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