1 John 5 Resources

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HENRY ALFORD

ANONYMOUS

Spurgeon comments: "Upon two chapters only, but thoroughly good, and full of sweetness and light." (Commenting and Commentaries)

PAUL APPLE

JACK ARNOLD EXPOSITORY SERMONS

WILLIAM BARCLAY

ALBERT BARNES

BRIAN BELL - SERMON NOTES

CHRIS BENFIELD SERMONS

JOHANN BENGEL

BIBLE.ORG

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR

BRIAN BILL - frequent illustrations and practical applications

HUGH BINNING (1627-1653)

  • Spurgeon says this is "Milk for babes and meat for men; calls to backsliders and comforts for mourners." (Commenting and commentaries)

1 John - Fellowship with God (See list of 28 messages)

A E BROOKE

F F BRUCE

CHARLES BUNTIN

IRVIN A BUSENITZ

JOHN CALVIN

James Rosscup - Calvin was not only a great theologian but also a great expositor, and his insight into Scripture contributed to his grasp of doctrinal truth. His commentaries are deep in spiritual understanding, usually helpful on problem passages, and refreshing in a devotional sense to the really interested reader. He usually offers good help on a passage.

CAMBRIDGE BIBLE

CAMBRIDGE GREEK

ROBERT CANDLISH

ALAN CARR

D A CARSON

RICH CATHERS - HAS FREQUENT ILLUSTRATIONS

ADAM CLARKE

James Rosscup - This old, conservative Wesleyan Methodist work is good devotionally and aggressive for righteous living. Laypeople can find it still valuable today. It is Arminian in viewpoint and thus helpful, for example, in showing the reader how this approach deals with texts involving the eternal security question. The work contains much background material from many sources on all books of the Bible.

STEVEN COLE

THOMAS CONSTABLE

C CRAIN

W A CRISWELL

RON DANIEL

J N DARBY

GARY DERICKSON

DEVOTIONAL WRITINGS ON 1 JOHN 5

DICTIONARY OF BIBLE THEMES MARTIN MANSER

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 5:1 - click on 2426   gospel, responses . 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.

JOHN DUMMELOW

J LIGON DUNCAN

E-CATENA

CHARLES ELLICOTT

James Rosscup - Though often scanty, the work edited by a brilliant scholar is sometimes very helpful. Ellicott was an Anglican bishop. The New Testament part is more valuable. The work dates back to 1897 and is verse by verse, consisting of 2,292 pp. Ellicott was an outstanding Anglican conservative scholar of the 19th century in England.

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE - William Alexander

EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS

EXPOSITOR'S GREEK - David Smith

GEORGE FINDLAY

A C GAEBELEIN

Rosscup - This dispensationally oriented work is not verse-by-verse, but deals with the exposition on a broader scale, treating blocks of thought within the chapters.The author was a popular evangelical Bible teacher of the first part of the century, much like H. A. Ironside in his diligent but broad, practical expositions of Bible books. Gaebelein was premillennial and dispensational, and editor for many years of Our Hope Magazine.

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

  • 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

JOHN GILL

Rosscup - His commentary is evangelical, wrestles with texts, is often wordy and not to the point but with worthy things for the patient who follow the ponderous detail and fish out slowly what his interpretation of a text is.

BRUCE GOETTSCHE

GOSPEL COALITION

GOTQUESTIONS

TERRY GRIFFITH

DAVID GUZIK - Brief well-done comments from a modern expositor

W. HALL HARRIS III

NORMAN HARRISON

JAMES HASTINGS

ROBERT HAWKER

MATTHEW HENRY

Rosscup - This evangelical work, devotional in character, has been in constant demand for about 280 years. Its insight into human problems is great, but it often does not deal adequately with problems in the text. The one-volume form eliminates the Biblical text and is thus less bulky. It has sold very well. The late Wilbur M. Smith, internationally noted Bible teacher, seminary professor and lover of books, tabbed this “The greatest devotional commentary ever written” (cover, I volume edition). Henry was born in a Welch farmhouse, studied law, and became a Presbyterian minister near London. He wrote this commentary in the last 13 years before he died at 52 in 1714. The first of six volumes was published in 1708. He completed through Acts, and the rest of the New Testament was done by 14 clergymen

D EDMOND HIEBERT

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)

F B HOLE

HOLMAN STUDY BIBLE

DAVID HOLWICK

H A IRONSIDE

James Rosscup - A famous Bible teacher much sought after a few decades back continues to minister after his departure, as A. C. Gaebelein, A. W. Pink, W. H. Griffith-Thomas and others. He is staunchly evangelical, showing good broad surveys based on diligent study, practical turns, even choice illustrations. In prophecy he is premillennial dispensational. 

IVP 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 (see cheap grace) 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)

JOHN A JAMES

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, AND BROWN

Rosscup - This is a helpful old set of 1863 for laypeople and pastors to have because it usually comments at least to some degree on problems. Though terse, it provides something good on almost any passage, phrase by phrase and is to some degree critical in nature. It is evangelical. There is also a 1-volume edition, briefer at some points (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1961). Especially in its multi-volume form this is one of the old evangelical works that offers fairly solid though brief help on many verses. Spurgeon said, “It contains so great a variety of information that if a man had no other exposition he would find himself at no great loss if he possessed this and used it diligently” (Commenting and Commentaries, p. 3). Things have changed greatly since this assessment! It is primarily of help to pastors and lay people looking for quick, though usually somewhat knowledgeable treatments on verses.

S LEWIS JOHNSON - SERMONS FROM FORMER PROFESSOR AT DALLAS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

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.

GUY KING

STEVE KRELOFF- MESSIANIC JEWISH PASTOR

PAUL KRETZMANN - LUTHERAN PERSPECTIVE

LANGE'S COMMENTARY

Hiebert's critique - A full exposition with an abundance of doctrinal, ethical, and homiletical material added.

Rosscup - The treatments of books within this evangelical set vary in importance. Generally, one finds a wealth of detailed commentary, background, and some critical and exegetical notes. Often, however, there is much excess verbiage that does not help particularly. On the other hand, it usually has something to assist the expositor on problems and is a good general set for pastors and serious lay people though it is old.

ROBERT LAW

DAVID LEGGE - SERMONS

JOHN JAMES LIAS (1887)

Cyril Barber - 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)

Hiebert's critique - A full, conservative exposition of 1 John by a British preacher and scholar. At the bottom of each page, in smaller type, is added a homiletical treatment of the epistle. (Nice addition!)

JOHN MACARTHUR

IAN MACKERVOY

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

HENRY MAHAN

BRYN MACPHAIL

P G MATTHEW

J VERNON MCGEE

F B MEYER (THROUGH THE BIBLE COMMENTARY)

HEINRICH MEYER

DONALD MILLS

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

James Rosscup - Morgan deals with the Bible chapter by chapter, with nearly 300 words on each. He devotes 400 pages to the Old Testament, 150 to the New Testament. It is a stimulating broad evangelical coverage of Scripture, if the reader is looking for synthesis rather than detail. Morgan was a master expositor in the early part of this century. Some of the effort is so general it is of little help except to those looking for sketchy treatment. It is evangelical and premillennial. Morgan is better in such works as The Crises of the Christ.

JAMES MORGAN

ROB MORGAN

HENRY MORRIS

AUGUSTUS NEANDER (1852)

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR

NET BIBLE

JAMES NISBET (CHURCH PULPIT COMMENTARY)

OUR DAILY BREAD

PASTOR LIFE

PETER PETT

SAMUEL EYLES PIERCE (1835)

ARTHUR PINK

JOHN PIPER

MATTHEW POOLE

ALFRED PLUMMER

POPULAR COMMENTARY

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL

PULPIT COMMENTARY

ROBERT RAYBURN

RBC BOOKLET

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE

GRANT RICHISON

A T ROBERTSON

DON ROBINSON

J C RYLE

ROB SALVATO

JOHNNY SANDERS

HENRY 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 5

RAYMOND SAXE - sermons

  • 1 John 5:1-8 (pdf)
  • 1 John 5:8-12 (pdf)
  • 1 John 5:13-17 (pdf)
  • 1 John 5:18-21 (pdf)

SERMON BIBLE

CHARLES SIMEON

CHUCK SMITH

HAMILTON SMITH

JAMES SMITH HANDFULS OF PURPOSE 1 JOHN

DANIEL SNADDON - Plymouth Brethren

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY

R C SPROUL - Devotionals from Tabletalk

C H SPURGEON

RAY STEDMAN

JOHN STOCK (1865)

SAM STORMS

RANDALL TAN

DEREK THOMAS

TODAY IN THE WORD

JOHN TRAPP

BOB UTLEY

MARVIN VINCENT

JOHN WESLEY

B F WESTCOTT

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

STEVE ZEISLER

SERMONS BY VERSE - 1 John 5

Belief in Jesus as the Christ   1 John 5:1
Faith and Regeneration C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:1
Love to Man Inspired by New Life H. W. Beecher. 1 John 5:1
The Theory of Brotherly Love J. Morgan, D. D. 1 John 5:1
The Reason, and the Evidence of Brotherly Love W. Jones 1 John 5:1-3
Faith and the Divine Testimony R. Finlayson 1 John 5:1-12
How Shall We be Certified that We Love the Brethren J. Morgan, D. D. 1 John 5:2-3
Loving God Through Human Love H. P. De Forest, D. D. 1 John 5:2-3
The Love of God and Universal Obedience John Guyse. 1 John 5:2-3
Whereby Know We that We Love God's Children W. Bates, D. D. 1 John 5:2-3
Christ's Commandments not Grievous Abp. John Sharp. 1 John 5:3
God's Commandments not Grievous J. H. Newman, D. D. 1 John 5:3
Love and Law Bp. Brownrigg. 1 John 5:3
The Commandments of Christ not Grievous S. Palmer. 1 John 5:3
The Perfection of the Law of God T. Kennion, M. A. 1 John 5:3
The Practicableness of Our Christian Duty R. Fiddes, D. D. 1 John 5:3
The Service of Love H. Melvill, B. D. 1 John 5:3
Conquering Faith J. Trapp. 1 John 5:4
Faith Conquering the World A. Maclaren, D. D. 1 John 5:4
Faith Conquering Worldliness J. Trapp. 1 John 5:4
Faith Overcoming the World C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:4
Faith the Secret of World-Victory James Orr, D. D. 1 John 5:4
Faith's Conquest of the World Canon Liddon. 1 John 5:4
Faith's Victory Essex Remembrancer 1 John 5:4
Faith's Victory S. A. Freeman, D. D. 1 John 5:4
Faith's Victory Over the World A. Alexander, D. D. 1 John 5:4
Faith's Victory Over the World D. Black. 1 John 5:4
Overcoming the World J. Morgan, D. D. 1 John 5:4
Soldiers of the Overcomer J. H. Evans. 1 John 5:4
The Ability of Faith to Overcome the World W. Reeves, M. A. 1 John 5:4
The Christian's Victory H. Lacey. 1 John 5:4
The Conflicts and Conquest of the Born of God G. Braithwaite, M. A. 1 John 5:4
The Faith that Over Cometh J. B. Courtenay, M. A. 1 John 5:4
The Faith Which Overcomes the World C. Roads. 1 John 5:4
The Glory of a Truly Good Man Homilist 1 John 5:4
The Greatest Character and the Greatest Conquest Homilist 1 John 5:4
The Nobility of Faith a Defence J. Trapp. 1 John 5:4
The True Confession of Faith John Robertson. 1 John 5:4
The True Hero J. C. Rook. 1 John 5:4
The Victory of Faith F. W. Robertson, M. A. 1 John 5:4
The Victory of Faith C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:4
The Victory of Faith C. Kingsley, M. A. 1 John 5:4
The Victory of Faith C. L. Thompson, D. D. 1 John 5:4
The Victory of Faith H. W. Butcher. 1 John 5:4
The Victory Over the World A. K. H. Boyd, D. D. 1 John 5:4
The World Overcome E. Blencowe, M. A. 1 John 5:4
The World Overcome by Faith E. Medley. 1 John 5:4
Victorious Faith C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:4
Victorious in the World by Faith F. C. Spurr. 1 John 5:4
Victory Over the World E. B. Pusey, D. D. 1 John 5:4
Victory Over the World Sir M. Hale. 1 John 5:4
Worldliness J. C. Coghlan, D. D. 1 John 5:4
The Victorious Life W. Jones 1 John 5:4, 5
Christ Coming by Water and Blood W. Bright, D. D. 1 John 5:6
Grounds of Faith in the Resurrection Canon Liddon. 1 John 5:6
Redemption by Blood J. Morgan, D. D. 1 John 5:6
The Spirit's Witness to Christ A. S. Patterson, D. D. 1 John 5:6
The Water and the Blood Bp. Huntington. 1 John 5:6
The Water and the Blood; or Complete Purification G. Burder. 1 John 5:6
The Fourfold Witness to the Divine Sonship of Jesus W. Jones 1 John 5:6-11
Of the Unity of the Godhead and the Trinity of Persons Hugh Binning 1 John 5:7
On the Trinity John Wesley 1 John 5:7
The Unity of the Divine Essence, and the Trinity of Persons Hugh Binning 1 John 5:7
The Gospel Record Expository Outlines 1 John 5:7-8
The Scriptural Doctrine of the Trinity not Repugnant to Sound Reason N. Emmons, D. D. 1 John 5:7-8
The Spirit, and the Water, and the Blood G. G. Findlay, B. A. 1 John 5:7-8
The Three Witnesses C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:7-8
The Three-Fold Witnesses on Earth James Morgan, D. D. 1 John 5:7-8
A Solemn Impeachment of Unbelievers C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:9-10
Believing and Knowing G. F. Pentecost, D. D. 1 John 5:9-10
Christian Consciousness as a Witness Homilist 1 John 5:9-10
Evidences of Personal Piety Essex Remembrancer 1 John 5:9-10
Faith, and the Witness Upon Which it is Founded C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:9-10
Rejecting the Divine Testimony J. Morgan, D. D. 1 John 5:9-10
The Believer's Witness in Himself J. H. Evans, M. A. 1 John 5:9-10
The Evidential Importance of the Inner Witness Abp. W. Alexander. 1 John 5:9-10
The Immorality of Unbelief S. W. Reigart. 1 John 5:9-10
The Internal Witness J. Morgan, D. D. 1 John 5:9-10
The Inward Witness C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:9-10
The Inward Witness of Faith E. P. Barrows, D. D. 1 John 5:9-10
The True Position of the Witness Within C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:9-10
The Witness in Oneself H. Melvill, B. D. 1 John 5:9-10
Eternal Life G. Wilson. 1 John 5:11
Eternal Life a Gift Homilist 1 John 5:11
Example and Life W. Gladden, D. D. 1 John 5:11
Life in Christ T. Archer, D. D. 1 John 5:11
The Divine Record John Natt, B. D. 1 John 5:11
The Witness of the Spirit John Wesley 1 John 5:11
Alive or Dead -- Which C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:12
Alive or Dead -- Which? Charles Haddon Spurgeon 1 John 5:12
Christ in Man R. Montgomery, M. A. 1 John 5:12
Christ the Life of the Soul J. Vaughan, M. A. 1 John 5:12
The Natural Man and the Spiritual Man Prof. H. Drummond. 1 John 5:12
The Sublimest Possession Homilist 1 John 5:12
The Supreme Possession W. Jones 1 John 5:12
To have Christ is to have Life F. W. P. Greenwood, D. D. 1 John 5:12
Eternal Life C. A. Bartol. 1 John 5:13
Helps to Full Assurance C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:13
The Blessing of Full Assurance C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:13
The Christian's Title G. F. Pentecost, D. D. 1 John 5:13
Assurance R. Finlayson 1 John 5:13-17
Confidence in Him J. M. Gibbon. 1 John 5:14-15
Confidence in Prayer J. Morgan, D. D. 1 John 5:14-15
Life and Prayer J. M. Gibbon. 1 John 5:14-15
Prayer John A. Williams, B. A. 1 John 5:14-15
Prayer Joseph Parker, D. D. 1 John 5:14-15
Praying and Waiting C. H. Spurgeon. 1 John 5:14-15
The Answer to Prayer Received by Faith R. A. Hallam, D. D. 1 John 5:14-15
The Christian's Confidence Toward God in Relation to Prayer W. Jones 1 John 5:14, 15
The Power of Believing Prayer T. G. Selby. 1 John 5:14-15
The Qualifications of Prayer R. Fiddes, D. D. 1 John 5:14-15
A Call to Backsliders John Wesley 1 John 5:16
The Christian's Prayer for His Brethren W. Jones 1 John 5:16, 17
The Mortal Sin J. N. Pearson, M. A. 1 John 5:16-17
The Sin unto Death H. Bonar, D. D. 1 John 5:16-17
The Sin unto Death J. M. Gibbon. 1 John 5:16-17
The Sin unto Death Bp. Harvey Goodwin. 1 John 5:16-17
The Keeping J. B. Figgis. 1 John 5:18
Three Views of the Truly Regenerate Man A. S. Patterson, D. D. 1 John 5:18
Whosoever is Born of God Sinneth Not A. Maclaren, D. D. 1 John 5:18
The Sublimest Knowledge W. Jones 1 John 5:18-20
The Three Certainties of the Epistle R. Finlayson 1 John 5:18-21
All True Believers are of God T. Boston, D. D. 1 John 5:19
Certainties J. G. Greenhough, M. A. 1 John 5:19
People's Being of God May be Knower to Themselves T. Boston, D. D. 1 John 5:19
The Regenerate and the Unregenerate Homilist 1 John 5:19
The Triumphant Christian Certainties A. Maclaren, D. D. 1 John 5:19
The Unregenerate World Described   1 John 5:19
The World Our Enemy John Henry Newman 1 John 5:19
Christ Manifested in the Heart the Life of His People S. Ramsey, M. A. 1 John 5:20
John's Triumphant Certainties A. Maclaren, D. D. 1 John 5:20
Soul Evidence of the Divinity of Christ H. W. Beecher. 1 John 5:20
Spiritual Worship John Wesley 1 John 5:20
The Eternal Life D. Rhys Jenkins. 1 John 5:20
The Gospel of the Incarnation J. M. Gibbon. 1 John 5:20
The Holy Trinity Bp. Westcott. 1 John 5:20
The Last Words of the Last Apostle A. Maclaren, D. D. 1 John 5:20
Three Greatest Things Homilist 1 John 5:20
Ultimates of Knowledge and Beginnings of Faith N. Smyth, D. D. 1 John 5:20
Idolatry British Weekly Pulpit 1 John 5:21
Self-Guardianship Against Idolatry W. Jones 1 John 5:21
Spiritual Idolatry John Wesley 1 John 5:21
The Sin of Idolising J. N. Pearson, M. A. 1 John 5:21
The True God and Shadows H. H. Gowen. 1 John 5:21

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