I John - Are These The Last Days? (28 Of 32) by Stan Coffey

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I John: Are These The Last Days? (28 Of 32)
Through the Bible
Dr. Stan Coffey
December 1, 1991

AUTHORSHIP: The Apostle John

DATE: Between. AD 85 and 95 when John was a very elderly man

PURPOSE OF WRITING: John gave his reasons for writing at several points in 1 John (1 :4; 2:1,7 and 8, 12-14, 21, 26; 5:13)

THEMES: Various themes run throughout his letter. John gives four major themes: that we may enjoy fellowship with God and His Son (1:3); that his joy might be full (1:4); that we may not sin (2:1); that we may know for sure that we have eternal life (5:13). of this is given in the backdrop that apostasy or falling away from faith had already become a problem in the early church and John writes to exhort believers in light of the second coming of Christ. Whereas Paul's characteristic words are faith, hope and love, John's are light, life and love.

I. LIVING IN GOD'S LIGHT - 1:1-2:29
A. Communion with God observed - 1:1-2:2
1. Its Beginning - 1:1-4
2. Its Basis - 1:5-2:2
a. A Fact - 1:5
b. A Formula - 1:6-10
c. A fundamental - 2:1-2
B. Commandments of God Obeyed - 2:3-11
1. The Lord and His Person - 2:3-6
2. The Lord and His Precept - 2:7-8
3. The Lord and His People - 2:9-11
C. Commendation from God Obtained - 2:12-29
1. The Family - 2:12-14
2. The Foe - 2:15-23
a. A Forbidden Sphere - 2:15-17
b. A False Spirit - 2:18-23
3. The Facts - 2:24-29
a. Living in Him - 2:24-25
b. Learning of Him - 2:26-27
c. Looking for Him - 2:28-29

II. LIVING BY GOD'S LOVE - 3:1-4:21
A. Love That Is Pure - 3:1-10
1. Our High Calling as Sons - 3:1-3
2. Our Holy Conduct as Saints - 3:4-10
a. As to Our State - 3:4-5
b. As to Our Standing - 3:6-10
B. Love That is Practical - 3:11-24
1. The Truth of That Love - 3:11-13
2. The Test of That Love - 3:14-18
3. The Tenderness of That Love - 3:19-22
4. The Triumph of That Love - 3:23-24
C. Love That Is Perfect - 4:1-21
1. A serious Warning - 4:1-6
a. A Wicked spirit - 4:1-4
b. A- Worldly ...


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