THE BOOK: Epistles of John

(1 John 1:1-4)

Here are some suggested memory verses:

1 Jn. 1:6,7
1 Jn. 1:9,10
1 Jn. 2:8
1 Jn. 2:16
1 Jn. 3:2
1 Jn. 3:4
1 Jn. 3:18
1 Jn. 4:1
1 Jn. 4:10
1 Jn. 4:16
1 Jn. 4:19
1 Jn. 5:2,3
1 Jn. 5:13
1 Jn. 5:14
2 Jn. 9-11
3 Jn. 4
3 Jn. 11
Try to learn one verse each week for a month.


I. Author

A. son of

1. Zebedee - Matt. 4:21

2. (maybe) Salome who was (maybe) the sister of Mary

a. Matt. 27:56

b. Mark 15:40

c. John 19:25

B. "son of thunder" - Mark 3:17

C. "inner circle" of Apostles

1. Mark 9:2

2. Mark 14:33

3. John 13:23

4. John 19:26,27

D. known to high officials - John 18:15,16

E. probably spent his last years in Ephesus

F. perhaps last Apostle to die

II. Book

A. written about same time and place as Gospel

B. Second and Third Epistles may be cover letters to accompany first

1. second - church in Asia Minor

2. third - Gaius

C. to combat Gnosticism: spirit is good and matter is evil

1. escape through knowledge (gnosis)

2. person of Christ: How could God combine with material body?

a. Christ not really human - only appeared to be (Docetism)

b. Spirit entered after bapt. and left before death (Cerinthianism)

3. verses

a. 1 Jn. 1:1

b. 1 Jn. 2:22

c. 1 Jn. 4:2,3

III. Message

A. we know

1. 1 Jn. 2:3 - that we have come to know Him: keep commandments

2. 1 Jn. 2:5,6 - that we are in Him: walk as He walked

3. 1 Jn. 2:29 - that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him

4. 1 Jn. 3:14 - that we have passed from death into life: we love brethren

5. 1 Jn. 3:16 - love: He laid down His life for us

6. 1 Jn. 3:19 - that we are of the truth: love in word and deed

7. 1 Jn. 3:24 - that He abides in us: by Spirit He has given

8. 1 Jn. 4:13 - that we abide in Him and He in us: given us of His Spirit

9. 1 Jn. 4:16 - the love God has for us: God is love

10. 1 Jn. 5:15 - that He hears us in whatever we ask & we have requests

11. 1 Jn. 5:18 - that no one born of God sins, but God keeps him

12. 1 Jn. 5:19 - that we are of God, whole world lies in power of evil one

13. 1 Jn. 5:20 - that the Son of God has come, given understanding

B. light and life (find them)

concl.  John 1:1,14 / 1 John 1:1-3
John 20:31 / 1 John 1:4; 5:13