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Overview Outline of 1 John

Knowing you have fellowship with God and thus eternal life.

  1. Prologue: Eternal life is a reality—The Incarnation (1Jo 1:1-4)
    1. The proclamation/message is true (1Jo 1:1)
    2. The Person is real (1Jo 1:2)
    3. The participation/fellowship is genuine (1Jo 1:3)
    4. The personal joy is unquestionable (1Jo 1:4)
  2. God is Light: Possessors of eternal life have fellowship with the God Who is light (1Jo 1:5-2:28)
    1. Possessors of eternal life walk in the light (1Jo 1:5-7)
    2. Possessors of eternal life confess sin (1Jo 1:8-10)
    3. Possessors of eternal life have the ultimate provision for sin (1Jo 2:1-2)
    4. Possessors of eternal life obey Christ’s commandments (1Jo 2:3-6)
    5. Possessors of eternal life love other believers (1Jo 2:7-11)
    6. Possessors of eternal life have the foundation for a victorious life (1Jo 2:12-14)
    7. Possessors of eternal life do not ultimately love the world (1Jo 2:15-17)
    8. Possessors of eternal life believe the truth (1Jo 2:18-28)
  3. God is Righteous: Possessors of eternal life have fellowship with the God Who is righteous (1Jo 2:29-4:6)
    1. Possessors of eternal life practice righteousness (1Jo 2:29)
    2. Possessors of eternal life have the promised hope of ultimate righteousness (1Jo 3:1-3)
    3. Possessors of eternal life do not practice sin (1Jo 3:4-10a)
    4. Possessors of eternal life show themselves true by their love for the brethren (1Jo 3:10b-24)
    5. Possessors of eternal life can and must discern truth from error (1Jo 4:1-6)
  4. God is Love: Possessors of eternal life have fellowship with the God Who is love (1Jo 4:7-5:5)
    1. Possessors of eternal life are compelled to love (1Jo 4:7-12)
    2. Possessors of eternal life can have assurance of a personal relationship with the God Who is love (mutual indwelling) (1Jo 4:13-19)
    3. Possessors of eternal life cannot separate love, faith, and obedience: They overcome the world (1Jo 4:20-5:5)
  5. God is Truth and Life: Possessors of eternal life have fellowship with the God Who is Truth and Life (1Jo 5:6-21)
    1. Possessors of eternal life believe God’s testimony concerning His Son (1Jo 5:6-12)
    2. Possessors of eternal life have the certainty of eternal life and answered prayer (1Jo 5:13-17)
    3. Possessors of eternal life know the truth about their relationship to sin, the world, and God Himself (1Jo 5:18-20)
    4. Possessors of eternal life must guard themselves from idols (1Jo 5:21)
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