Resources from 1 John

Honest Dealing with God

Jun 20 "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all:" and consequently he cannot have fellowship with darkness. God is light, that is purity: and as the thrice Holy One he can hold no communion with iniquity. God is light, that is knowledge, for all things are known unto the Lord, and with ignorance he has no affinity. God is light, that is truth, for he can neither err,...

1 John 1:8-10

A Solemn Impeachment of Unbelievers

Dec 13 No doubt if our Lord Jesus were on earth, he would find many persons for whom he would pray, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” It is no doubt true of many who are living in great sin that they do it ignorantly, not knowing the full measure of their guilt, or its real character in the sight of God. It is the duty of the...

1 John 5:10

The Three Witnesses

Aug 9 CHRISTIANITY puts forth very lofty claims. She claims to be the true faith, and the only true one. She avows her teachings to be divine, and therefore infallible; while for her great Teacher, the Son of God, she demands divine worship, and the unreserved confidence and obedience of men. Her commands are issued to every creature, and though at present her authority is rejected by millions of mankind, she confidently...

1 John 5:8

The Conditions of Power in Prayer

Mar 22 I THOUGHT of addressing you this morning upon the importance of prayer, and I designed earnestly to stir you up to pray for me and for the Lord’s work in this place. Truly, I do not think I could have had a more weighty subject, or one which weighs more upon my soul. If I were only allowed to offer one request to you it would be this— “Brethren, pray...

1 John 3:22-24

Love's Logic

Aug 26      This is a great doctrinal truth, and I might with much propriety preach a doctrinal sermon from it, of which the sum and substance would be the sovereign grace of God. God's love is evidently prior to ours: "He first loved us." It is also clear enough from the text that God's love is the cause of ours, for "We love him because he first loved us." Therefore,...

1 John 4:19

Faith and Regeneration

Mar 4      For the preacher of the gospel to make full proof of his ministry will be a task requiring much divine teaching. Besides much care in the manner and spirit, he will need guidance as to his matter. One point of difficulty will be to preach the whole truth in fair proportion, never exaggerating one doctrine, never enforcing one point, at the expense of another, never keeping back any...

1 John 5:1

Sincerity and Duplicity

Mar 5 THE Epistles of John possess and combine certain qualities which seem at the first blush to stand opposite as the poles to one another. Their style of expression is simple, chaste, and unadorned. Short words are used; for the most part words of one syllable; such little homely words as a young child might easily spell; and the sense is so clear and obvious, that the captious critic or the...

1 John 2:3, 4

Unto You, Young Men

May 13 JOHN abounded in charity, but with the utmost stretch of it he could not have written to all youngmen in this style, for, alas! all youngmen are not strong, nor doth the word of God abide in them all, nor have they all overcome the wicked one. Strong in muscle they may be, like Samson, but like Samson they are weak in moral principle, and ere long are found in...

1 John 2:14

Alive or Dead—Which?

Jun 16 LAST Sabbath morning we addressed you upon the gracious operations of the Holy Spirit in the believer, and upon the glorious fact of his dwelling in the hearts of the regenerate. Now, it frequently happens that when we discourse upon the work of the Holy Spirit, there are certain weak and uninstructed brethren who straightway fall into questionings and despondencies, because they in some point or other are unable to...

1 John 5:12

Walking in the Light and Washed in the Blood

Dec 3 THERE are two great powers in conflict in this world. One is the power of good, of which God is the King, and the other is the power of evil, which is represented by the Prince of the power of the air, even Satan. The first principle is set forth by John under the figure of light. God himself is essential light, and everything which is good in the world...

1 John 1:7