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1 John 5 Study - (vv. 1-21) - "Obedience by Faith”…


1 John 5 Study – (vv. 1-21) “Faith Overcomes the World & brings Us Eternal Life”


Obedience by Faith


5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—[a]our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?


The Certainty of God’s Witness


6 This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ, not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear witness [b]in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of [c]God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has [d]life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, [e]and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.


Confidence and Compassion in Prayer


14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.


Knowing the True Rejecting the False


18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps[f] [g]himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.


Notes 1 John 5 Study – (vv. 1-2; v. 3; vv. 6-12; v. 13; v. 16; and v. 21)


5:1-2: Who is it that truly believes that Jesus is the Christ??? Those who live in the way of Christ commanded, who love others …


5:3: How is it that God’s commandments are not burdensome??? We live these commandments by faith and by faith alone, along with God’s love and guidance … This makes light on our fallen nature …The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who suffer making even suffering look sweet …


5:6-12: By water and blood – (v. 6) – is a reference to both the Incarnate Son throughout His life and to the mingled water and blood that poured from Jesus’ side – (John 19:34), which is a type of baptism … Similarly, THE SPIRIT, THE WATER, AND THE BLOOD – (v. 8) refers to the unity of the basic sacraments: chrismation, baptism, and the Eucharist …


5:13: When we know we have been given the gift of eternal life, we are to continue to believe and follow THE SON OF GOD …


5:16: What about those Christians who are not living righteously??? Sin leading to death is willful, continual disbelief in the grace of the Holy Spirit toward us … - (see also Matthew 12:28, 31, 32; Hebrews 6:4-6; and Hebrews 10:26-31) …


Matthew 12:28-32:

28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He, who is not with Me, is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.


The Unpardonable Sin

31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.


Hebrews 6:4-6

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 [a]if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.


Hebrews 10:26-31:


The Just Live by Faith

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” [a]says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.




5:21: IDOLS are either false gods or things that turn us away from God … (Colossians 3:5) …


Colossians 3:5

5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.




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