1 John

Law and Love

1 John 5:2-3, NASB, 2“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” How does verse 2 work? How does loving God and...

Love for the Father and His Children

1 John 5:1, NASB, “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.” Don’t tell me that you love me, but that you don’t really care for my wife. Those were the words of one of my seminary professors,...

I Once Hated My Brother

1 John 4:19-21, “We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God...

Abiding Love

If God comes into your life, will He ever leave? Give attention to the Word of the Lord in 1 John...

Love God, Love Others

Love God, Love Others

1 John 3:23-24, “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit...

Assurance of Faith

Assurance of Faith

1 John 3:21-22, “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.” Today we see the Apostle John addressing a believer’s assurance of faith. As...

How to Assure Our Hearts When We Doubt Our Salvation

How to Assure Our Hearts When We Doubt Our Salvation

1 John 3:19-20, “19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” “Doubt” is the perfect word to character my young, Christian faith....

Hospitality and the Believer

Hospitality and the Believer

1 John 3:16-18, “16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?...

A New World Order: The Kingdom of Love in 1 John 3:1-7

A New World Order: The Kingdom of Love in 1 John 3:1-7

The Apostle John wrote the collection of letters that is known as 1,2, and 3 John. This writer is John, the son of Zebedee, who wrote the gospel of John and was on the Isle of Patmos when he received the revelation of Christ church. The Rev. Dr. Earl Palmer, the...

What Wondrous Love is This?

What Wondrous Love is This?

1 John 3:1-3, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet...