Introduction to First John and Chapter one
First John Introduction              The context in which John wrote:   The churches to whom John wrote had those withi...
First John Introduction              False Teaching:      Believed only the initiated could have salvation. You       h...
First John Introduction              Assurance, the theme of     First John 5:13: “I write  First John, is always      ...
First John Introduction              John is writing to a community of believers whose  faith had been shaken by some wi...
First John Introduction              Assurance starts with who Jesus is and what He has  done for us     Jesus was a re...
First John Introduction:    Style of Writing                      Chapter Five          Chapter Four          Chapter Thr...
The BIG Three                  John writes and gives us three tests to give us  assurance:    Truth (What one believes ...
Three Tests: Truth               In order to have assurance of salvation we must start  with the purchaser of salvation:...
Three Tests: Obedience            The indicative (truth) before the imperative  (command)    Example in 1:5-7 How does...
Three Tests: Love                A Christian will have love for God which will be  manifest in their love for others.  ...
Tying it all Together               How should we respond to what we have learned?   Love Jesus for what He has done on...
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Chapter One                That which was from the beginning, which we have   heard, which we have seen with our eyes, w...
Chapter One                   This is the message we have heard from him and    proclaim to you, that God is light, and ...
Chapter 1:1-4                  That which was from the beginning:   It is important to remember this is a letter, an Ep...
Chapter 1:1-4                 In these verses John stresses the point that he saw  Jesus, heard Jesus and touched Jesus....
Chapter 1:1-4                 John gives two reasons for proclaiming what he  does:   First he wants his readers to hav...
Chapter 1:1-4                  “Our” or “Your” that is the question.    Translation of verse 4. Some translations have ...
Chapter 1:5-10                   Assurance comes from the character of God:    This is the message we have heard from h...
Chapter 1:5-10                   Assurance comes from a Biblical and Correct view of Sin. In this passage specifically ...
Chapter 1:5-10                  In this passage about the reality of sin hope springs  forth in verse 9:    Confession ...
Chapter 1:5-10                 The Christian Walk:   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we    have fel...
Assurance: Tying it Together                             If John writes so his readers have assurance; how do  these 10 ...
Assurance: Tying it Together                           Assurance comes from a biblically correct view of  sin. All have ...
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This is the powerpoint presentation to GRIT's study of First John. This is for week one and we look at the introduction to the book and chapter one. If you would like to register you can still register for the next session just visit : http://gccmadison.org/theological-training-grace-community-church-berea-ky/ and fill out the contact us page and we will get you registered.

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First John week 1

  1. 1. Introduction to First John and Chapter one
  2. 2. First John Introduction  The context in which John wrote:  The churches to whom John wrote had those within their midst who began to spread false teaching.  This was an early form of Gnosticism. This was not full blown as we know it today. It was in the birthing stage if you will.
  3. 3. First John Introduction  False Teaching:  Believed only the initiated could have salvation. You had to have a “special knowledge” in order to be a part.  Believed Jesus was not a real person but only appeared to be a real person.  They believed this because matter was evil (the flesh) and the spirit was good. Therefore they divine could not be in a human body. Jesus could not be the God-man, God incarnate.  Knowledge was king. If you did not have their super secret knowledge you did not have salvation.
  4. 4. First John Introduction  Assurance, the theme of  First John 5:13: “I write First John, is always these things to you who based in the present not believe in the name of in the past. In order to the Son of God that you have assurance we may KNOW that you need to examine our have eternal life.” everyday lives.
  5. 5. First John Introduction  John is writing to a community of believers whose faith had been shaken by some within their midst who adhered to a false view of Jesus and they began to teach this with in their midst. John then writes to assure this community that what they were taught from the beginning was true and these teachers were false. We can KNOW that we have salvation. This is not an issue we have to flip flop on. We can have certainty.
  6. 6. First John Introduction  Assurance starts with who Jesus is and what He has done for us  Jesus was a real historical person (1:1-3)  Jesus is God (1:3, 2:1,5:20)  He proclaims truth (1:5)  He is the believers propitiation (2:2, 4:10)  An expression of God the Father’s Love (4:9)  Because of Jesus we have no fear of punishment (4:17-18)
  7. 7. First John Introduction: Style of Writing  Chapter Five Chapter Four Chapter Three Chapter Two Chapter One
  8. 8. The BIG Three  John writes and gives us three tests to give us assurance:  Truth (What one believes about Jesus)  Obedience (How does one respond to Jesus)  Love (Love for God WILL lead to love of others) It is important to remember that if one fails one of these tests they fail ALL three of them. Remember John writes so they may KNOW they have eternal life.
  9. 9. Three Tests: Truth  In order to have assurance of salvation we must start with the purchaser of salvation: Jesus. If you have an incorrect view of who Jesus is and what He has done you can have no assurance. (Slide 3 Reviewed)  False Teachers: Did not believe Jesus really came in the flesh. Flesh, the material world, could not mix with divinity in their view.  Salvation came not from the accomplished work of Jesus and His person but through special knowledge.
  10. 10. Three Tests: Obedience  The indicative (truth) before the imperative (command)  Example in 1:5-7 How does one respond to who Jesus is?  Walk in the light as He in the light (1:5-7)  Obey Him 2:4-6  Practice righteousness (3:7-10). Verse ten tells us it is evident who are the children of God by the way they practice righteousness.
  11. 11. Three Tests: Love  A Christian will have love for God which will be manifest in their love for others.  Love is active (3:16-18)  Whoever does not love God has not been born of God (4:7)  If we do not love our brother who we can see we cannot claim to love God who we cannot see (4:12)  Whoever abides in love abides on God and God abides in them (4:16)
  12. 12. Tying it all Together  How should we respond to what we have learned?  Love Jesus for what He has done on our behalf.  Obey Jesus as a natural response to Him being our Lord.  Love others.
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  28. 28. Chapter One  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life-- the life was made manifest,and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to youthe eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us-- that which we have seen and heard weproclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowshipwith us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father andwith his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
  29. 29. Chapter One   This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with himwhile we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, wehave fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesushis Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us oursins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we saywe have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1Jn 1:1-10)
  30. 30. Chapter 1:1-4  That which was from the beginning:  It is important to remember this is a letter, an Epistle, to churches throughout Asia Minor. The salutation, greeting, is not usual such as Paul (See Galatians 1:1-5) What does this phrase mean?  Out of the many options from the context it seems that John is talking about Jesus and His incarnate life.  What is the incarnation? Simply put it is God the Son taking on human flesh thereby becoming the God-man
  31. 31. Chapter 1:1-4  In these verses John stresses the point that he saw Jesus, heard Jesus and touched Jesus. Why would he do this?  Going back to the introduction remember John was writing against false teachers who did not have a true belief in Jesus.  In their thinking Jesus could not be both God and man at the same time. Man was flesh and the flesh was evil therefore the divine could not be intertwined with the flesh.
  32. 32. Chapter 1:1-4  John gives two reasons for proclaiming what he does:  First he wants his readers to have fellowship with him and the other Apostles.  The second reason is that his readers would have fellowship with God the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
  33. 33. Chapter 1:1-4  “Our” or “Your” that is the question.  Translation of verse 4. Some translations have our and some have your. Does it really matter which one we use and does it do harm to the meaning?  A pastoral perspective and joy in the flock having assurance.
  34. 34. Chapter 1:5-10  Assurance comes from the character of God:  This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. (5) What does it mean that God is light?  The context of this verse falls in a passage where John is addressing the reality of sin and the believers need to confess it.  Light refers to God’s holiness or His moral perfection. God is light therefore there is no darkness in Him. Literally translated this reads “darkness in him no is none. If light refers to holiness darkness refers to sin.
  35. 35. Chapter 1:5-10  Assurance comes from a Biblical and Correct view of Sin. In this passage specifically verses 6,8, and 10 John gives three counterclaims to show how the false teachers view of sin was unbiblical.  Verse 6: The false teachers believed they had fellowship with God, but their lives did not evidence that. They were lying and not practicing the truth.  Verse 8: Those who claim to be without sin deceive themselves and the truth is not in them.  Verse 10: If anyone claims to have not sinned we say God is a liar and His truth is not in us.
  36. 36. Chapter 1:5-10  In this passage about the reality of sin hope springs forth in verse 9:  Confession is agreeing with God that sin is sin and an affront to His holy character.  If we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. (See Jeremiah 31:34)  How is God faithful and just in forgiving those who sinned against Him? JESUS  See Romans 3:20-28
  37. 37. Chapter 1:5-10  The Christian Walk:  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  Our vertical relationship with God will bend outwards horizontally with others.  Two effects of walking in the light:  Fellowship with one another  The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
  38. 38. Assurance: Tying it Together  If John writes so his readers have assurance; how do these 10 verses relate to that theme?  In 1-4 we see our assurance comes from having a Biblical , true, belief of Jesus Christ. This is the bedrock and starting point for assurance.  In verse 5 assurance comes from the character of God. John assures them the message he proclaims is the on he received from Jesus and proclaims. John from the beginning points these wave battered believers to the character of God.
  39. 39. Assurance: Tying it Together  Assurance comes from a biblically correct view of sin. All have sinned, all fall short, and sin is an affront, an offense, to the holy character of the Father. We are to walk in the light as God is in the light. Confess our sins. A believer will desire to confess sin when they do. God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  40. 40. It has been a pleasure to have you. Website: www.gccmadison.orgFacebook: www.facbook.com/gritgcc Twitter: @_GRIT #timetogetgritty

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