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1 John 3:1

1 John 3:1

We are saved by the grace of God, and that grace proceeds from the Father-heart of divine love. It is the love of God that cause the Father to give His only begotten Son to die as the one and only perfect sacrifice for our sin. It is the love of God that caused the Lord Jesus to willingly stretch out His innocent hands and have them driven through with cruel nails. It is the love of God that sent the Holy Spirit to be our ever-present, indwelling heavenly read more...

1 John 3:2

1 John 3:2

I really do wonder whether we have even started to grasp the enormity of our position in Christ; the incredible love; the peculiar privileged and the gracious gift that we have received from our Father in heaven - that we should be called His children..

Not only are we called His children and have been permanently adopted into His family, by grace through faith in Christ, but we are told what we shall be in the future - read more...

1 John 3:3

1 John 3:3

Should we not in astonished wonder, deep humility and reverent praise behold the matchless love and compassionate grace that has been poured out by the Father in such generous abundance on us, even making us His children, simply because we have trusted the Lord Jesus as Saviour? Is this not the most wonderful blessing that exhausts our reasoning and passes our finite understanding, that we, who were proud purveyors of sin and hostile haters of God, in the lust of read more...

1 John 3:4

1 John 3:4

The Bible is not a very difficult book to understand. However, the Scriptures are a treasure-trove, that most people do not want to recognise as authoritative, nor do they want to adhere to its instructions.. and so it is regarded as a outdated storybook, which is ridiculed, and rejected by the majority, rather than being treated with reverence and respect.

Nevertheless, the Bible is the Word of the living God, and should be read more...

1 John 3:5

1 John 3:5

God's love for us is astonishing in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us - and the whole glorious plan of salvation, which was purposed before the foundation of the world is a testimony to the grace of our heavenly Father and His amazing love for each one of us.

We who were dead in trespasses and sins and without hope in the world have been covered with His love, forgiven of our sins, saved by grace through faith in read more...

1 John 3:6

1 John 3:6

Every believer is placed in Christ – baptised into Christ’s body the moment they believe. Every Christian is put into union with Christ, by the Holy Spirit, the instance they believe on Him as Saviour. Nothing can alter this position of permanence – we are placed in Christ when we are saved, and we become part of His body, forever. From that point on we have a new nature in Christ.

The old sin nature is placed on the cross read more...

1 John 3:8

1 John 3:8

The unfathomable depths of Satan’s habitual sin, lies in contradistinction to the immeasurable heights of Christ's eternal righteousness. From the genesis of God's revelation of Himself to mankind, the devil is identified as the slimy source and subtle instigator of all sin: and the one who commits sin is of the devil; for Satan sinned from the beginning, but we praise God that He sent His only begotten Son into the world, that He might destroy the evil read more...

1 John 3:9

1 John 3:9

This is a verse that is so often misunderstood, misinterpreted and even mistranslated – but when understood in its context, adds a beautiful symmetry to the truth of Scripture.

Some erroneously think that this verse means that believers have sinless perfection when they are born of the Spirit, but this is a false teaching - for if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and we do not understand the truth... for read more...

1 John 3:10

1 John 3:10

One of the characteristics of the early Church is their love for one other and the fellowship that believers enjoyed together. Early writings about the Christian Church are reported to have said: see how these Christians love one another, and in this epistle to the saints of God, one of John's main discussion points is how to maintaining fellowship with the Lord, and how to encourage Christian communion with one another.

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1 John 3:14

1 John 3:14

Christ Jesus is the incarnate Son of God Who came to earth to reveal the love of the Father towards fallen man.. so that by grace through faith in His death, burial and resurrection we might be forgiven of our sins; be brought back into fellowship with our heavenly Father and be given God's life, light, love and compassion in our heart, as we abide in Him and He in us.

But His work on the cross would also invalidate and destroy read more...

1 John 3:16

1 John 3:16

Many believers like to focus on the love of Jesus because they think that this will cause unbelievers to get saved but they prefer to allow Christ's death, burial and resurrection to be side-lined in a blurry background, in case it offends or puts the unbeliever off the Christian faith!

But the shed blood of the incarnate Son of God Who was born into His own creation, and the immutable love of the eternal Father are inseparably read more...

1 John 3:17

1 John 3:17

God is love and the qualities of a Christian who is walking in spirit and truth and abiding in Christ is a fervent love for God and a compassionate love for others. A profound love for the Lord and benevolence towards brothers and sisters in Christ is not a warm, fuzzy feeling or some romantic, emotional sensation but an unselfish action that is quietly carried out in sprit, in truth, in reality and in action. 

God is read more...

1 John 3:18

1 John 3:18

A godly character that reflects the likeness of Christ is one that loves others as Christ loved us. The love about which the Bible speaks is different from every other type of human love, and is uniquely imparted to the child of God, from the indwelling Spirit of truth and love.

The Lord Jesus laid down His life for His friends.. and for His enemies. He sacrificed His life for US, and we are instructed to do the same for others. We are directed to lay down our lives, in read more...

1 John 3:22

1 John 3:22

Many self-righteous Christians take this verse out of its Biblical context to mean that God has effectively signed a blank check, which allows His children to fill in a simple prayer request to ensure that they get whatever they want - in order to fulfil their fleshly lusts.

Nor is this verse teaching that God is obligated to respond to our own positive confession and fulfil our own fleshly desires, unsanctified petitions read more...

1 John 3:23

1 John 3:23

When asked what was the greatest commandment during Christ's earthly, pre-cross ministry one scribe gave the perfect, answer: Love God with all your heart and he added.. love Your neighbour as yourself. Jesus commended this scribe for both the Law and the Prophets are dependent upon these two commands. Indeed Paul reminds us that such godly love is the fulfilment of the Law. But John takes this truth and combines it into Christ's new command:- read more...

1 John 3:24

1 John 3:24

How important that the Bible is interpreted literally and in context. How vital that the Word of truth is rightly divided and that none of us shrink from declaring the whole purpose and council of God. And in the previous verse, John summarises Christ's command to New Testament believers: this is His commandment, John writes: that 1) we believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and 2) love one another, just as He commanded us - read more...