1John 5:16-21 contain some of the most enigmatic writings of the NT, including v 21, Keep yourselves from idols. These last verses of the letter sum up much of the contents and reason for the letter and make it one of the most interesting to read. Here we are reminded of the reality of sin, […]
1John4:15-5:15 reminds us of the love of God we need to have with one another and with God through the Incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus. The best audio visual we have of that is the Eucharist or Holy Communion. We need to live out our love of God and one another through the Sacrament […]
In 1John 4:7-14 John connects the atoning love of God through the sacrifice of His son Jesus on the cross to our need to be sacrificial in our love towards one another. If we do not love one another as Jesus loved us we are not being true representatives of God, and we can have […]
In 1John 3:9-4:6 the Evangelist reminds his audience that they need to be transformed and renewed by the Holy Spirit. For the evangelist this will lead to three strands of character, spiritual, ethical and general. The evangelist uses the example of Cain and Able to demonstrate what happens when those character traits are not allowed […]
In the continuation of our series on 1John we look at 1John2:18-3:10. In this passage John reminds us of our being the children of God, and how, in that reality we need to behave in relationship to God and to one another. John reminds us of the death and resurrection of Jesus is the means […]
1John 2:7-17. In this section of the letter John develops his argument from the perspective of Love. In this section he tackles two important aspects, love within the community and love towards the world. He argues that it is only agape love that will direct our love aright and help us to understand therefore who […]
In 1John 1:5-10 John is calling his community to be faithful to the death and resurrection of Jesus. He warns them about saying one thing about their relationship with God, and exhibiting another.