What I learned from 1 John

June 29th, 2014

I have really enjoyed reading 1 John over the last month or so. I read through it one chapter a day and then went back to the start again a number of times.

As I read I just felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to see certain things that I needed to be reminded of or perhaps hadn’t seen before. It was really enjoyable just to meditate on it afresh.

Today I thought I would share a few of the things that are still fresh in my mind. Most of them are in the previous posts from the last few weeks.

1. Seen and heard – John simply wanted the people to understand the things he had seen and heard as a close companion and eye witness of Jesus. John wanted the readers to know so they could experience fellowship with them.

2. Living as God’s children – this was a key thought that jumped out at me. It is really important to follow God’s commands and live out a real and intimate relationship with Jesus. People will be drawn to or repelled from the Jesus they see in you and I.

3. Don’t be deceived – John talked a lot about false teachers and antichrists who would deceive and draw people away from the truth. It reminded me how important it is to know what the Bible says for yourself.

4. Loving one another – John constantly talked about loving one another and how important it is to living in the Kingdom. He included three major sections about this idea in five chapters of his letter. This really reiterated the importance of it to me.

5. Real life is in Christ – The last one that from chapter five is that real life is found in Christ. 1 John 5:11 says, “And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son”.

As I said I really enjoyed 1 John and the fresh meditations it brought. I think I might put the reflections in a booklet for download.

God Bless,
Dave