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All of 1 John: a set of phrases and a Final "Book Bracket." Jesus came to this earth for us, so that we would show the 3 signs of life.
1 JOhn 1:1-5:21
The results of the child of God, who has the 3 signs of life: confidence in prayer
1 John 5:13-21
Possibly the culmination of John’s letter: Faith, the commandment, and loving all integrate into one summary statement.
1 John 5:1-12
The end goal of our lives as Christians: to be perfected in love
1 John 4:7-21
John adds layers of depth to 2 of his tests of life: first the loving test, and then the believing test
1 John 3:11-4:6
Walking in obedience and discerning the truth: two vital tests
1 John 2
John's message: The Life we have in the Son of God will dramatically change our daily walk.
1 John 1:1-10
Paul's use of the εν preposition in his letters: one of the key elements to our relationship with Jesus
Philippians class
Paul's use of the word συν (with): in some ways, just as significant as the word εν (in) in showing our deep and profound union with Jesus.
Greek Cross-Training
Paul presses on by asking the Philippians to join him in his intense, joyous struggle!
Philippians 3:12-4:1
Paul is boldly but humbly putting himself forward as a great model of Christ's humility
Philippians 3:1-11
2 Great Examples of humility that Paul presents to the Philippians
Philippians 2:19-30
God has already worked his great act of resurrection in us!
Ephesians 2:1-10
A supreme model of trusting in the LORD alone
2 Kings 19:1-7
Bringing God’s Word into a perennial topic of debate
Genesis 1
God in all the world!
Psalm 8
Taking a stand
Galatians 1:11-17
Putting the LORD’s priorities before your own, always!
Haggai 1
The reality of God is seen in all Creation, without one doubt at all!
Romans 1:18-23
A true way to love
John 13:1-17
Through Peter’s first message to the Gentiles, the wall between Jew and Gentile has been torn down forever.
Acts 11:1-18
We are the Children of Light, those who eagerly anticipate the Return of the King!!
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Bring God into your home life, and then God’s word can enter into you!
James 1:19-21
Two babies, foretold of old in His word, different, but both necessary for the Great Salvation that the Father promised us.
Luke 1:67-79
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
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1 John Phrasing
1 John 2:28-3:10
The Sweet Reality of being God’s Child itself ; the equally true and Forceful Reality of Non-Sinning because you are God’s Child
Published February 3rd, 2022; Updated February 3rd, 2022
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1John 2:28-3:10
1John 2:28-3:10
1 John 2:28-3:10
Meditations on the amazing realities of being a Child of God
And now, little children,
in him,
Locative Sphere
so that ... we may have confidence
Purpose (advantage)
when he appears
and not shrink ... at his coming.
Negative Purpose
from him
in shame
If you know that he is righteous,
you may be sure
that everyone ... has been born of him.
who practices righteousness
See what kind (what quality) ... the Father has given
of love
Attributed (an "amazing quality" of love)
to us,
Purpose Advantage
that we should be called children
Content (poss. result)
of God;
Subjective (Possessive)
and so we are.
why the world does not know us
The reason ... is
that it did not know him.
we are God’s children now,
and ... has not yet appeared;
what we will be
but we know
that ... we shall be like him,
when he appears
because we shall see him
as he is.
Manner (his pure self)
who thus hopes
in him
Locative sphere (destination)
And everyone ... purifies himself
as he is pure.
The practical characteristic of God’s child: his non-sinning, told 3 times
First statement: non-sin in relationship to Christ having come
Everyone ... also practices lawlessness;
who makes a practice
of sinning
(and) sin is lawlessness.
You know that
he appeared
Content 1
in order to take away sins,
and ... there is no sin.
Content 2
in him
No one ... keeps on sinning;
who abides
in him
Locative Sphere
no one ... has either seen him
who keeps on sinning
or known him.
2nd statement: non-sin related to destroying Satan
Little children,
let no one deceive you.
Whoever ... is righteous,
Content 1(non-gram)
practices righteousness
as he is righteous.
Whoever ... is of the devil,
Content 2 (non-gram)
makes a practice of sinning
for the devil has been sinning
from the beginning.
The reason the Son of God appeared was
to destroy the works
Purpose Disadvantage
of the devil.
3rd statement: 2 kinds of children, those born of God or of Satan
No one ... makes a practice of sinning,
born of God
for God’s seed abides
Ground 1
in him,
and he cannot keep on sinning
Ground 2
because he has been born
of God.
By this
it is evident
who are the children
Content 1
of God,
Subjective (Possessive)
and who are the children
Content 2
of the devil:
Subjective (Possessive)
whoever ... is not of God,
Content 3
does not practice righteousness
nor is the one
Content 4
who does not love his brother.
My own translation of "Whoever" and "Everyone" "This is the man who (is)...
Some meditations on being a "child of God" (3:1-3) In 3:1-3, John is just exulting over how amazing it is to be a child of God. He is stunned at the reality of it! 1. He pauses, slows down, and tastes, to see the " amazing, stunning essential quality in God's to us " (its overflowing sweet graciousness towards us). He is shocked with joy that he is now a child of God (oh my!). (3:1) And s o we too (like John does) should slow down, taste, and contemplate the amazing reality, the unexpected reality of having becoming a child! 2. He does not even know what a child of God is (will be in its totality yet), but he is so, so excited by it , which is that a child of God will one day see Jesus in his perfect natural (spiritual) state. (3:2) 3. He ends by looking at the essential quality of a child of God: his purity (which is what, in its perfected state that is, he shared with Jesus). (3:3)
Meditations on Children of God and Non-Sinning As much as John: lingers so sweetly and lengthily upon the beauty and amazing love that produced us as God’s children he now equally hammers home forcefully the other reality, 3 times, that such sweetness leads absolutely to non-sinning, and he is forceful about it! Yes, there are sweet meditations in 1 John, but there are also forceful exhortations in John as well, and both are needed.
The Overview of this Section (2:28-3:10) From Stott: From 2:28 onwards is the second layering of the same 3 tests outlined previously, and the first test taken up again is the Obedience-Righteousness to God Test (2:28-3:10) The connection of 3:1-3 and 3:4-10: The amazing love poured out to birth us as children (who will be fully purified in the end, being able to see Jesus purely) (3:1-3), is the stunning ground that makes a practice of sinning so unthinkable (3:4-10). __________________ The Prolegomena : Believing Jesus has practical results in Daily Life (1:1-2:2) 1:1-4: The Son in this world, believed 1:5-2:2: Belief leading to right living The First Layer of the 3 Tests (2:3-27) (the tests do overlap though) 1. Obedience-Righteousness Test (2:3-6) 2. The Loving Others Test (2:7-11) Two digressions: 2:12-17 (The Church and the World 3. Believing (Doctrine) Test (2:18-2:27)
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