1 John Chapter 5

July 24, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 1 John. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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1 John 5:1-21 (NIV)
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 6 This is the one who came by water and blood–Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 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 what we asked of him. 16 If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. 18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true–even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

1 John 5:1-5

It is faith in Christ alone that results in our new birth. Verse 1 says, “Everyone believing ‘Jesus is the Christ’ is born of God.”

Our faith in Christ brings us into a love relationship with God. Because of this love relationship we are changed from the inside out. Our desire is to serve Him and live by doing the next right thing. Because of His Spirit within us we are able to join in the sanctification process and be changed.

1 John 5:6-12

1 John 5:6 is a difficult verse that has caused a lot of debate. What did John mean by water and blood? Does the water refer to His incarnation by natural birth (water breaking in a pregnancy just before a child is born) or to His baptism at the Jordan River? Does the blood refer to His sacrificial death or is John referring to the more specific event in his gospel in John 19:34:

John 19:34 (NIV)
34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.

We cannot be sure of the meaning of the first two sources of testimony, but we are sure of the third source, the Holy Spirit.

John 14:15-17 (NIV)
15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

People who don’t receive the message of the Good News do not have life. Verse 12 says, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life”.

This reality angered people then and it still does now. People are offended by the idea that there is only one way to God. How many ways would be enough? Six? Ten? We don’t deserve anything. We have all gone our own way and turned our backs on God.

We are beyond fortunate that there is one way!

Our mission is communicating to a hopeless world that there is a way and that is Good News.

1 John 5:13-15

Our attitude in prayer is changed as we realize that In Christ we have access to a holy God 24/7. It is not about our performance, it is about Jesus and that God sees us in Christ.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV)
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

1 John 5:16-17

When we see a Christian slip we are to pray for them to be restored.

But what about the “sin that leads to death”.

What are these sins? John didn’t say.

What he does say is that the when we are in relationship with God we will not continue to sin. Not that we will never sin, but it won’t be our focus. In Christ, we will be in the process of growing and changing. What once had a hold over us will be broken off of us.

Because of the focus of all the later gospels on the spread of false teaching and teachers, it is very possible that what John is referring to is people who turn away from Christ to follow the “antichrists”. Apostasy is most likely the sin that leads to death that John is referring to. Apostasy is turning away from Christian truth and Christian lifestyle.

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