62 - I, II, & III John

Session Info.:

  1. Introduction and 3 John: Introduction. John’s background. Contrasts between John’s various books. Addenda: the Most Painful Sin.
  2. 2 John: Gnostic heresies. Who is the “Elect Lady”? What is Truth?
  3. 1 John 1: Heptadic structure. The importance of fellowship. Christian’s “bar of soap.”
  4. 1 John 2:1-14: Test of Attitude, Actions, Affection. Spiritual maturity.
  5. 1 John 2:15-29: The love that God hates. The will of God. The Stoics; the Epicureans; more on the Gnostics.
  6. 1 John 3: God the Father loves us; God the Son died for us; God the Holy Spirit lives in us.
  7. 1 John 4: God is Love. God’s dwelling places. A Christian’s confidence.
  8. 1 John 5: How do we know for sure...? Christians do not practice sin. Review of Christian “birthmarks.”

Of John's five New Testament books, these three include a sermon and two personal letters, one of which may have been written to Mary, the mother of our Lord. His Gospel deals with our past: Salvation. Revelation deals with our future. John's First Epistle deals with our present: Sanctification. It has been called the New Testament sanctum sanctorum. John's bandwidth extends from the practical, the Christian's Bar of Soap", to the hyperspace of our resurrection body! John's second epistle appears to have been a personal letter to Mary, having been given into his responsibility at the Cross. If so, it has a number of profound implications. John's third, very brief, note deals with three people, all Christians: Gaius, the encourager; Diotrephes, a gossip; and Demetrius, an example to be imitated.

This study contains approx. 8 hours of verse by verse teachings.


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