1 John, Bible Studies

1 John Outline

Outline of 1 John

“Tests
of Life”

Written from Ephesus

Date: John Gospel 80-85, Letters early 90’s

Destination: 1 John no specific addressee (Churches in
General) (Churches around Ephesus)

Purpose: To write a response to false teaching that
was attacking the church.

1.) Explains the
difference between genuine and false Christians

2.) Evidences for genuine
on assurance and confidence before God.

Introduction (1.1-4)

  1. The apostolic
    proclamation (1.1-3)
  1. The Word of Life: The substance of the proclamation
    (1.1-2)
  2. Sin Vs.
    Obedience (1.5-2.6)

    1. Fellowship and the character of God- God’s character
      determines our fellowship with (1.5-7)

      1. The message “God is light”- holy  (1.5)
      2. 2.      First false assertion concerning sin: Sin
        does not estrange us from God. (The implication of God’s character- Sin
        matters) (1.6)
      3. The benefits of those who walk in the light-
        fellowship, cleansing (1.7)
  3. Fellowship and Confession (1.8-10)

    1. Second false assertion concerning sin: Sin is
      nonexistent as far as we are concerned. (1.8)
    2. The importance of confession of sin (1.9)

      1. God forgives our sins (1.9a)
      2. God cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1.9b)
      3.  Third
        false assertion concerning sin: We do not sin. (1.10)
  4. Fellowship and Christ’s advocacy (2.1-2)

    1. The address to the readers (2.1a)
    2. The statement of purpose (2.1b)
    3. The explanation of Christ’s advocacy (2.1c-2)
  5. Fellowship and obedience (2.3-6)

    1. We must keep God’s commandments (2.3-4)
    2. We must keep God’s word (2.5)
    3. We must walk as Jesus walked (2.6)
    4. The New
      Commandment (2.7-17)

      1. Love for the brethren (2.7-11)

        1. Its oldness and newness (2.7-8)
        2. Its capacity to reveal character (2.9-11)
  6. Do not love the world (2.12-17)

    1. The basis of the appeal (2.12-14)
    2. The appeal not to love the world (2.15-17)

      1. Love for the world and love for God are mutually
        exclusive (2.15)
      2. The world consists of an unholy trinity: the lust of
        the flesh
        , the idea is sensuality; the lust of the eyes,
        materialism; the boastful pride of life, arrogance about who I am or
        what I’ve done.  (2.16)
      3. We should not love the world because of its transitory
        nature, while the one who does God’s will abides forever (2.17)
    1. His pre-existence (1.1a)
    2. His real humanity (1.1b)
    3. His manifested life (1.2)
  1. Fellowship: The purpose of the proclamation (1.3)
  2. Fullness of joy: The purpose of the Epistle (1.4)
    (cf. 1 John 5.13)

 

  1. The
    Christian and the Antichrist (2.18-28)

    1. It is the last hour (18a)
    2. The Antichrists (2.18b,19,22,23 and 26)
    3. The believer’s security (2.20-21; 24-25)

      1. Their anointing from the Holy One (2.10-21; 27a)
      2. Their adherence to the Christian message (2.24,25)
      3. Their union with Christ (2.27b-28)
      4. The
        children of God (2.29-3.24)

        1. The divine origin of God’s children
        2. The privileges of God’s children (3.1-3)
        3. The marks of God’s children (3.4-24)

          1. The righteousness of God’s children (3.4-10)

            1. The nature of sin (3.4)
            2. The purpose of Christ’s life and work (3.5-8)
            3. The nature of the Christian experience (3.9)
            4. Summary (3.10)
      5. The love of God’s children (3.11-24)

Four statements:

  1. Love is at the heart of the Biblical message (3.11,12)
  2. Love is the evidence that a person has passed out of
    death into life (3.13-15)
  3. Love produces assurance of our standing before God
    (3.19-24)

    1. The possibility of assurance (3.19)
    2. The importance of assurance (3.20)
    3. The fruit of assurance (3.21-24)
    4. The
      Spirit of Truth and Error (4.1-6)

      1. The Twofold Command (4.1)
      2. The test by which true and false spirits are to be
        distinguished is doctrinal (4.2-3)
      3. Assurance and encouragement in the battle with evil
        (4.4-6)
      4. The
        Supremacy of Love (4.7-5.3)

        1. The grounds of love (4.7-12)

          1. The appeal for love (4.7-10)
          2. The obligation to love (4.11)
          3. The purpose of love (4.12)
  4. God’s indwelling and love (4.13-16)
  5. The maturity of love (4.17-5.1)
  6. The obedience of love (5.2-3)
  7. The
    victory of faith (5.4-12)

    1. Faith’s conquering power (5.3-5)
    2. Faith’s personal object (5.6)
    3. Faith’s authenticating witnesses (5.7-12)

      1. The witness of the Spirit (5.7)
      2. The witness of the water and the blood (5.8)
      3. The witness of the Father (5.9)
      4. The witness of personal experience (5.10)
      5. The content of the witness: twofold (5.11-12)

 

  1. Great Affirmations (5.13-21)
    1. The possession of eternal life (5.13)
    2. Answers to our prayer (5.14-17)
    3. Victory of sin (5.18)
    4. Birth from God and separation from the world (5.19)
    5. The knowledge of God in Christ (5.20)
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