1 John 3 Outline
– Always follow God’s commandments and do what is right (1 John 3:1-10)
– Loving others with Jesus’ Love (1 John 3:11-24)
1 John 3 Bible Study
In 1 John 3:1-6, God loves us so much that he sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins so that we can reconcile with him and become his children. Only those who have faith in Jesus is the children of God. The non believers do not know that we are the children of God. As the children of God, we get to inherit God’s gift of eternal life. If you say you belong to Christ, you must stop sinning, You must live a holy life for Jesus. If you persists in sinning, it means that you haven’t really acknowledge yoru sins. Just one sin can cause your soul to be condemned in hell forever. There are some people who claim themselves to be Christians and go to the church but they kept doing things that are against God such as stealing, lying, cheating others and etc. From time to time, we must examine ourselves to determine if we have offended God in any area of our lives. When you determine your sins, you must make up your mind to stop repeating the mistake and confess it to God. When God sees that you sincerely repent from your sins, he will forgive you.
In 1 John 3:7-10, anyone who sin will be under the power of the devil. The devil is happy when he sees that you are not following God and doing what he said. We must never have a doorway that let the devil comes in and accuses us. We must always do what is right in God’s eyes so that the devil has no chance to stand in accusation against us. When we do what is right in God’s eyes, we will be called God’s children. The Holy Spirit gives us power to change ourselves. Christians may sin from time to time accidentally. However, we must not purposely sin and keep on sinning consistently. When you sin, you must confess your sins and ask God to forgive you. Every day, you should confess your sins to God and ask him to forgive you.
In 1 John 3:11-14, Can and Abel were sons of Adam and Eve. Cain felt jealous that God was please with Abel’s offerings but not his. Abel offers the first borns of his livestocks but Cain just randomly pick some crops and offer to God. God was please with Abel because he gave the best to him. Eventually, Cain killed Abel while they were at a field. Cain yields to his fleshly desire. He was jealous and proceeds to take revenge against Abel. We must never let evil takes control of us. When you obey God, the people of this world may speak against you and hate you. As disciples of Christ, we must show our love in every aspects of our lives. We must love people and help them when they are in need. In this way, people can see that we are the disciples of Jesus.
In 1 John 3:15-18, hate is the source of all sins that involves murder such as suicide bombing, assassination, stabbing others and etc. When you have hatred in your heart, you may show it out one day towards the person and end up in murdering him. Hating people is no good. We should get rid of all kinds of hatred in our heart. Anyone who love God will not have hatred. Hatred is not the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Love is the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22 KJV). No matter how bad the things that people do to us, we must forgive and love them. When someone asks us for help, we must not refuse to help him. For example, if a brother asks you for $10 because he is needy, you should give it to him. If we just say we love Jesus and not actually doing it, we are lying. We must do what we preach.
In 1 John 3:19-24, when we love others, we are abiding in God’s words. God’s presence will be with us when we love others. When you obey God and live uprightly, God will be please with your life. He will give you whatever you ask if the things you ask pleases him. When you obey God’s commandments, you are one with Jesus. The Holy Spirit that lives in our heart gives us assurance that we are abiding in God’s words.