Graphics 1 John



The Choices in John’s First Letter

Either…
Or…
Texts
Light
Darkness
1:5–7; 2:9–11
Truth
Deception
1:8–10
Keeping God’s commandments
Not keeping God’s commandments
2:3–6
A new commandment
The old commandment
2:7–8
We love God
We love the world
2:15–16
Christ
The Antichrist
2:18, 22
Truth
Error
2:20–21; 4:1–3
Child of God
Child of the devil
3:1–10
Righteousness
Lawlessness
3:4–9
Life
Death
3:13–15; 5:11–12
Love
Hate
3:15–17; 4:20–21
Spirits confessing Christ
Spirits not confessing Christ
4:1–3
We are of God
We are not of God
4:4–11
Love
Fear
4:18–19
Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Gn 1.1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.


The Quality of Love


The Source of Love
The Effect of Love
God personifies love (4:8, 16)
We reflect God’s love in the world (4:7)
God loved us (4:19)
We love God; our fear is gone; we keep His commands (4:18, 19; 5:3)
God gave His Son for us (4:9, 10)
We give our substance for others (3:17; 4:11)
Christ laid down His life for us (3:16)
We lay down our lives for others (3:16)
New Geneva study Bible. 1997, c1995 (electronic ed.) (1 Jn 4.13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.




A Book of Contrasts


    One of the distinct features of John's willing style was his habit of noting both sides of a conflict. He wrote to show the difference between real Christianity and anything else. Here are some of his favorites contrasts. 

 Contrast between  Passage
  1.  Light and darkness
  2. The new commandment and the old commandment
  3. Loving the Father and loving the world
  4. Christ and Antichrist
  5. Truth and lies
  6. Children of God and children of the devil
  7. Eternal life and eternal death
  8. Love and hatred
  9. True prophecy and false prophecy 
  10. Love and fear
  11. Having life and hot having life
  •  1:5
  • 2:7, 8
  • 2:15, 16
  • 2:18, 22
  • 2:20, 21
  • 3:1-10
  • 3:14
  • 3:15, 16
  • 4:1-3
  • 4:18, 19
  • 5:11, 12
 



The Blueprint



 
 1. God is light (1:1-2:29)

 2. God is love (3:1-4:21)

 3. God is life (5:1-21) 

 
  John wrote about the most vital aspects of faith so that his readers would know Christian truth from error. He emphasizes the basic of faith so that we can be confident in our faith. In our dark world, God is light. In our cold world, God brings the warmth of love. In our dying world, God brings life. When we lack confidence, these truths bring us certainty.