Jesus with John -- the apostle of love.

1 John 5:13-14 -- I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

1 John 3 Commentary of the Bible

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Becoming Pure  ( 1 John 3:2-3 )  Daily Devotion

Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure (1 John 3:3).

What a powerful motivation this is to become like Him now; to accept your circumstances, to stop quarreling with what God sends to you, and begin in everything to give thanks, allowing these strange instruments of God's grace to do their work in your life. Paul says, suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4).

What Shall we Be?  ( 1 John 3:2-3 )  Sunday Message

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Beloved, we are God's children now, it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. (1 John 3:2-3 RSV)

Taking Away Sins  ( 1 John 3:4-5 )  Daily Devotion

But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin (1 John 3:5).

The Greatest Revolution  ( 1 John 3:4-5 )  Sunday Message

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As we begin this fifth biennial Missionary Conference with its theme, "Across the Street and Across the Seas," ordinarily it would be expedient to interrupt our studies in the Epistle of First John and bring a special message in line with the missionary thrust. But I shall not do that largely because the passage at which we have arrived in John's letter offers an ideal text for a missionary conference. I am sure that is more than mere coincidence. We are looking at First John 3:4-5.

Abide In Him  ( 1 John 3:6-8 )  Daily Devotion

No one who abides in him sins (1 John 3:6a RSV).

John puts it plainly: No one who abides in him sins. Or, to use the interchangeable terms for sin that he has just given us, No one who lives in him lives lawlessly. This is the good news.

The Mystery of Righteousness  ( 1 John 3:6-7 )  Sunday Message

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It is my great hope that there is coming to all, as we study together in First John, a growing awareness that every Christian must be a revolutionary because Christ is a revolutionary. God does not like the status quo. He is grieved and hurt by racial hatred, by war, by poverty, by unhappy homes, by human strife. God is a revolutionist: he is determined to protest these conditions, whenever and wherever they occur. But more than that, he is determined to correct them, to deliver men from them.

The Mystery of Evil  ( 1 John 3:8 )  Sunday Message

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We come now to a passage of very great difficulty to many, but one of extreme value to us, especially in this day in which we live. The business of preaching is largely to reveal how the conditions which we face daily are being created by profound and fundamental causes that can only be seen through the window of the Word of God. We cannot understand life as it is being lived today with the problems you and I are facing unless we view it through the insight and revelation of the Scripture.

One Or The Other  ( 1 John 3:9-10 )  Daily Devotion

This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are; Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother (1 John 3:10).

When the Spirit says No  ( 1 John 3:9 )  Sunday Message

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We come now to one of the most difficult verses in Scripture,

No one born of God commits sin, for God's nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God. (1 John 3:9 RSV)

One or the Other  ( 1 John 3:10 )  Sunday Message

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In this powerful first epistle, the Apostle John follows certain great themes which we have been tracing through the letter together: First, there was the theme of maintaining fellowship with the Son of God; following that, the theme of maintaining truth in a confused and deluded world; and now we are completing the theme of maintaining righteousness amidst a very wicked world. There are two themes to follow these, those of maintaining love, and of maintaining assurance. But today we shall take the final word in the series on Maintaining Righteousness, Verse 10 of Chapter 3.

The Path of Love  ( 1 John 3:11-18 )  Sunday Message

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One of the most emotion-charged times in my recent trip to the Holy Land was to come around a corner of the Mount of Olives and catch a first glimpse of the city of Jerusalem. We spent a week in Jerusalem (on the Jordan side). Our hotel was located right on the Mount of Olives, commanding the most spectacular and dramatic view of the entire Old City lying beneath us.

The Course of Hate  ( 1 John 3:11-18 )  Sunday Message

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We are engaged now in studying, through the eyes of John, the beloved apostle, the two most powerful forces at work in the world today: love and hate. We have already looked together at the path of love. John has traced it for us as to its origin, its essence, and its evidence. Today we shall take the same passage, but now follow the course of hate.

The Path Of Love  ( 1 John 3:11-14 )  Daily Devotion

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death (1 John 3:14).

The Murderer Within  ( 1 John 3:15-18 )  Daily Devotion

Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him (1 John 3:15).

The Christian's Tranquilizer  ( 1 John 3:19-20 )  Sunday Message

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In the letter of First John we are now examining the theme of love which, as you recognize, is unquestionably the most talked-about subject in the world today. In the beatnik brothels of Haight-Ashbury it is perhaps the most popular word in the hippie language; the jargon of psychologists and psychiatrists is certainly replete with references to love; and from Hollywood we encounter their version of love in enormous quantities of technicolor and stereophonic passion. Thus, this is easily the most talked-about subject in all humanity.

The Christian's Tranquilizer  ( 1 John 3:19-20 )  Daily Devotion

This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us... (1 John 3:19-20).

Power in Prayer  ( 1 John 3:21-24 )  Sunday Message

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In our last study together in First John, Chapter 3, we looked at the problem of an accusing heart, i.e., a condemning conscience. What do you do as a Christian when your heart condemns you? As we saw, the usual result of a condemning conscience is a tendency to ignore God, to keep in the shadows and to distrust his love, to criticize his people and in many ways to manifest the fact that we have lost contact with the God who indwells us.

Power In Prayer  ( 1 John 3:21-24 )  Daily Devotion

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him (1 John 3:21-22).