Resources from 1 John

The True Position of the Witness Within

Aug 11 SOME time ago I tried to set forth the manner of the witness and sealing of the Spirit, and I have no doubt that the subject will still remain upon the memory of many of you; but I am led to refer to it again, and to go over the same ground again, because I meet with so many instances in which mistakes are made in reference to it,— mistakes...

1 John 5:10

Fellowship with the Father and the Son

Sep 3 THE twelve apostles were favoured with the most intimate intercourse with our blessed Lord; but I can hardly say that they entered into fellowship with him during his life on earth. Each of them might have been asked the question that our Saviour put to one of them: “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?” But after Christ had ascended to...

1 John 1:3

Love’s Birth and Parentage

Jun 11 VERY simple words, but very full of meaning. I think I might say of this sentence what the poet says of prayer: it is “the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try,” and yet it is one of the “sublimest strains that reach the majesty on high.” Take a little believing child and ask her why she loves the Saviour, and she will reply at once, “Because he...

1 John 1 John 4:19

The Priest Dispensed With

Aug 15 IT is a part of the theory of Ritualism, that is to say, Anglicised Popery, that no man can know his sins forgiven unless he be assured thereof by a priest. They tell us that to know ourselves saved we must either have a revelation from heaven, which we may not expect, or we must wait till the day of judgment, or else some duly authorised “spiritual father” must pronounce...

1 John 5:10

God’s Love to the Saints

Jul 11 TRUE love cannot long be dormant. It is like fire, of an active nature; it must, be at work. Love longs for expression; it cannot be dumb. Command it to be without expression, and you command it not to live. And true love is not satisfied with expressing itself in words. It does use words, but it is painfully conscious of their feebleness, for the full meaning of love is...

1 John 3:16

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