Sweet Sunday Sermon – THE CENTRAL THEME OF FIRST JOHN (1998)

Submitted by Dr. GP

The central theme of the book can be stated in one word –ASSURANCE. Thus the word “ know “and two derivatives “known “and “ knoweth “ appear 38 times in this short epistle.

One of the reasons for the writing of 1JOHN is clearly stated in chapter 5 verse13 (the key verse) where we read ……. these things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life ,and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

1John was written for believers, those persons who have accepted the Son of God as their saviour so that they might have assurance of their possession of eternal life NOW, at this present time (see 3;2). Assurance of salvation does not give us license to sin, however. The whole emphasis of this short epistle is against that conclusion.

The book deals with fellowship with Christ and with God the Father and points out that we cannot have proper fellowship unless we have assurance of salvation. Since the whole walk with God is based on whether we have Jesus or not, assurance is not only a possibility but a necessity, if we are to provide the best kind of service for the Lord. Without assurance we are useless in our service to God. How can we effectively point others to Christ as the savior if we are not ourselves certain that we are saved?

In this epistle we are assured that eternal life is resident in the children of God and is manifested to the world through them Grace and truth are seen in the lives of believers because Christ indwells them from this we know how a Christian should act.

These evidences of the Christian life become tests whereby we can know whether we really have eternal life or not. John tells us that the Christian life is going to express itself in a certain way and this in turn becomes a means of identifying the true believer. John is of course agreeing with James (Jas 2:14) and Paul (Eph 2:10 ).The whole epistle of I john is built around the idea that we can know for ourselves by our conduct whether our faith is genuine or not

The tests in 1 John whereby we tell if we have eternal life also serve to show believers if they are growing in the Christian life .

The more we read the book, we see that wherever we test for evidence of the new life in Christ we can also test for evidence of growth and maturity in the new life in Christ.

They are many who have been indoctrinated by the devil’s agents that we cannot know that we are saved until we get to heaven and God judges our works. First John was written too correct this early heresy. John is at pains to assure us, and to have us to know that we are saved, that we have the right spirit, that we will be like Jesus when he comes, how to test whether we are true or false.

John thus communicates vital certain knowledge to those who do believe.

This letter like others in the New Testament was written in deep disturbance and in ardent desire to defend the faith against dangerous heresies that were abroad as had been predicted by the Lord, Peter, Paul and Jude especially. The epistles of Paul and John are documents of the conflict in which the early church was embroiled. If we understand these problems we will appreciate the epistle better and appreciate that the contemporary church is involved in the same conflict.

At the time of writing Jerusalem had fallen, and the temple the pride of Judaism lay broken. The old struggle to debase the Christian faith and transform it into a sect of Judais had failed, and the attempt to work out a compromise with paganism and to interpret the new faith as a liberal philosophy was at its height. That is why Johns epistles are so vitally important today, because they are the first answers of the true tradition to liberalism. The battle was within the battle which Paul had forseen in his farewell address to the Ephesian elders 30 or more years earlier as presented in Acts 20:28-32 .

Note also that in preparation of this outline, I have deliberately explained the verse or section briefly because this outline is meant to be used as an expository introductory outline, in the teaching of the book (as for example, in a New Testament Survey ).

Note also that ASSURANCE is stressed in the outline since it is intended to show assurance as the central theme of the book.

ASSURANCE that we can KNOW THAT JESUS CHRIST IS REAL! (1:1-3)

ASSURANCE that we can KNOW fellowship with the Father and the Son & fullness of joy (1:3&4&7)

ASSURANCE that we can KNOW how to distinguish LIGHT and TRUTH from darkness and error (1:5-7)

ASSURANCE that we can KNOW how to be cleansed from sin & if we are POSSESSORS OR PROFESSORS (1:7-10)

ASSURANCE that we can KNOW that we need not sin but that there is provision for every act of sin (2:2 )

ASSURANCE that we KNOW HIM if we keep HIS commandments (2:3-6)

ASSURANCE that we KNOW that believers who love each other are keeping Christ’s commandments and walking in LIGHT (it is impossible to truly obey and walk in light without loving the brethren) (2:7-11)

ASSURANCE that our sins are forgiven, that we KNOW both the Father and the SON and that we have overcome the wicked one (2:12-14)

ASSURANCE that the world system (the cosmos) is temporary, but those who love the Father rather than the world will live for ever. The cosmos is not of the Father; one cannot love both simultaneously (2:15-17).

ASSURANCE that antichrists are in between the true believers but that there are characteristics by which they can be identified (2:18-19 &22-26).

ASSURANCE that we have been anointed by the HOLY SPIRIT, who is truth and our indwelling teacher . Consequently we need no other teacher, and we KNOW the truth (2:20-21&27).

ASSURANCE that those who deny the Father and the Son are antichrists, liars, and hath not the Father .In contrast those who acknowledge the Son and continue to live in obedience to him are promised eternal life.(2:22-25)

ASSURANCE that JESUS is coming again, and an injunction to live (abide in Him) in such away that His appearance will not occasion shame but confidence (2:28)

ASSURANCE that those truly born of God will do righteousness because God is Righteousness (2:29).

ASSURANCE that God’s love for the believer is quantitatively and qualitatively such (what manner) that he has adopted us as sons NOW (3:1&2).

ASSURANCE that when Christ comes again we shall be like Him; this should motivate us to live lives that would reflect his purity.(3:2&3).

ASSURANCE that Christ was sinless and that he came (was manifested) to take away sins(3:5).Sin is defined in verse 4.

ASSURANCE that those who abide (continue or remain in the relationship of fellowship with God & Christ ) will not habitually sin: those who do sin habitually, don’t even know GOD.(6)

ASSURANCE that those who habitually practice righteousness are righteousness (7)

ASSURANCE that those who habitually practice sin are of the devil who is the originator of sin and has been sinning from the beginning of his history: JESUS, however came to, and destroyed the effects of sin. (8).

ASSURANCE that born of God people do not sin because of their possession of God’s seed (nature, genes, essence ,Spirit) which restricts them from doing so (3:9).

ASSURANCE that born of God people distinguish themselves from the devil’s children by doing righteousness and loving the brethren (3:10)

ASSURANCE that Jesus’ commandment that believers should love each other (John13:35) still holds true (3:11&23).

ASSURANCE that believers will not be like Cain, who is a type of the unbelieving world who hates persons that genuinely try to please God and live for Christ (3:12)

ASSURANCE that the world will hate us (3:13)

ASSURANCE that truly habitually demonstrating love for God’s people is evidence that we are born again of God .Those who hate are still dead in trespasses and sins.(3:14) Love is the pathway to life & hatred ,the pathway to death.

ASSURANCE that folk who hate are murderers (Matt5:21-24) ; murderers don’t have eternal life.(3:15)

ASSURANCE that believers will be willing to die for other Christians, just as Christ died for us, and will share that with which God has blessed them with other believers (3:16 &17).

ASSURANCE that genuine love is practical-it is manifested by action! (in Deed & in truth).(3:18).

ASSURANCE that we are of the truth when our hearts condemn us, because God knows, inter alia about our repentance and has forgiven us (cf John21:17),

ASSURANCE that God’s answering of our prayers when we are obedient & God’s gift of his Spirit gives us the inner assurance that God is our Father and we are his children (3:19-24)

ASSURANCE that many false teachers ( the spirit of antichrist ) are already present in the world but that truth can be differentiated from error by a fool proof test given to identify the false teacher 4:1-3

ASSURANCE that we are overcomers because the requirement for victory has been provided for us (greater is he that is in you i.e Christ & the Holy Spirit ) ( 4:4) see also 5;4&5

ASSURANCE that worldlings speak like the world, are heard by those of their ilk, but do not listen to Godly folk: this is in contrast to the Godly who listen to the Godly. Such behaviour provides another fool proof test which differentiates truth from error ( 4:5&6 ).

ASSURANCE that those who obey Jesus’ commandment to love the brethren are born of God and know God because God is the source of love : in contrast, those that do not love ,do not know God ( 4:7&8 )

ASSURANCE that God manifested or demonstrated or proved his love by sending Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins and to give us his quality of life: Christians are to demonstrate this sort of love to each other ( 4:9-11 ).

ASSURANCE 12-17

ASSURANCE that God’s perfect love ( by sending Jesus to die for us ) has removed from the believer the dread or fear of God’s coming day of judgement in contrast to those who have not availed themselves of salvation: for them fear of that day brings dread and torment. (4:18)

ASSURANCE that our love for God is a result of our recognition of his love for us :our love for the brethren is an index of (or proves ) how much we really love God : John repeats that Jesus’ commandment of John 13:35 is still binding ( 4:19 – 21 )

ASSURANCE that he who loves the child, also loves the child’s parent.

ASSURANCE that he that believeth on the Son hath the witness in himself

ASSURANCE that keeping God’s commandments are not grievous

ASSURANCE that whosoever is born of God overcomes the world by faith (5:4-5)

ASSURANCE of the three-fold witness to the efficacy of the work of the son and the blessing of eternal life that results from this work (5:6-12)

ASSURANCE that God has given eternal life to us via his son (5:11-13)

ASSURANCE that prayer is heard and petitions granted (5:14-17)

ASSURANCE of the power of God over evil (5:18)

ASSURANCE that we are to live as God’s people in a sinful world (5: 19)

ASSURANCE that the Son of God has come (5: (20)

ASSURANCE that he has given us a full understanding that we can KNOW the true God

ASSURANCE that we are in him who is true-in His son Jesus Christ

ASSURANCE that we are to rely on the true God instead of our idols (21) (An idol is anything that would come in between ourselves and God and hinder the enjoyment of the life and ability to walk in the light ,to love the brethren and do righteousness )

In 1 John there are three definitions of God: God is light, God is love, and God is life, which I have used to form the three major divisions of this epistle.

I. God Is Light (1:5), Chapters 1:1–2:2

A. Prologue, Chapter 1:1–2

B. How the Little Children May Have Fellowship with God, Chapters 1:3–2:2

1. By Walking in Light, Chapter 1:3–7

2. By Confessing Sin, Chapter 1:8–10

3. By the Advocacy of Christ, Chapter 2:1–2

II. God Is Love (4:8), Chapters 2:3–4:21

A. How the Dear Children May Have Fellowship with Each Other, Chapter 2:3–14
(By Walking in Love)

B. The Dear Children Must Not Love the World, Chapter 2:15–28

C. How the Dear Children May Know Each Other and Live Together, Chapters 2:29–4:21

1. The Father’s Love for His Children, Chapters 2:29–3:3

2. The Two Natures of the Believer in Action, Chapter 3:4–24

3. Warning Against False Teachers, Chapter 4:1–6

4. God is Love: Little Children Will Love Each Other, Chapter 4:7–21

III. God Is Life (5:12), Chapter 5

A. Victory Over the World, Chapter 5:1–5

B. Assurance of Salvation, Chapter 5:6–211

McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 2000, c1981.


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  • Spiritual Warrior no tarry here.

    Bibliomancy is the practice of seeking spiritual insight by selecting a random passage from a Holy Book.

    Bible Reading
    have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.

    JER 28:3 Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the vessels of the LORD’s house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon:

    JER 28:4 And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, saith the LORD: for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.

    JER 28:5 Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people that stood in the house of the LORD,

    Hinduism
    that which Gods are wont to travel. To thee I say it who hast eyes and hearest: Touch not our offspring, injure not our heroes.

    2 As ye have come effacing Mrtyu’s footstep, to further times prolonging your existence, May ye be rich in children and possessions. cleansed, purified, and meet for sacrificing.

    3 Divided from the dead are these, the living: now be our calling on

    Islam
    whom Satan hath paralysed with a touch; and that is because they say ‘selling is only like usury,’ but God has made selling lawful and usury unlawful; and he to whom the admonition from his Lord has come, if he desists, what has gone before is his: his matter is in God’s hands. But whosoever returns (to usury) these are the fellows of the Fire, and they shall dwell therein for aye. God shall blot out usury, but shall make almsgiving profitable, for God loves not any sinful misbeliever.

    Verily, those who believe, and act righteously, and are steadfast in prayer, and give alms, theirs is their hire with their Lord; there is no fear on them, nor shall they grieve.

    Judaism
    2_Kings 25: 11 And the residue of the people that were left in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, and the residue of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away captive.

    2_Kings 25: 12 But the captain of the guard left of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.

    2_Kings 25: 13 And the pillars of brass that were in the house of the LORD, and the bases and the brazen sea that were in the house of the LORD, did the Chaldeans break in pieces, and carried the brass of them to Babylon.

    2_Kings 25: 14 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the pans, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away.

    2_Kings 25: 15 And the fire-pans, and the basins, that which was of gold, in gold, and that which was of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took away.

    2_Kings 25: 16 The two pillars, the one sea, and the bases, which Solomon had made for the house of the LORD; the brass of all these vessels was without weight.

    2_Kings 25: 17 The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and a capital of brass was upon it; and the height of the capital was three cubits; with network and pomegranates upon the capital round about, all of brass; and like unto these had the second pillar with network.

    2_Kings 25: 18 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door;

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  • More intelligible and intelligent thoughts on FIRST JOHN

    The epistle’s title has always been “1 John.” It is the first and largest in a series of 3 epistles that bear the Apostle John’s name. Since the letter identifies no specific church, location, or individual to whom it was sent, its classification is as a “general epistle.” Although 1 John does not exhibit some of the general characteristics of an epistle common to that time (e.g., no introduction, greeting, or concluding salutation), its intimate tone and content indicate that the term “epistle” still applies to it.

    Author and Date
    The epistle does not identify the author, but the strong, consistent and earliest testimony of the church ascribes it to John the disciple and apostle (cf. Luke 6:13,14). This anonymity strongly affirms the early church’s identification of the epistle with John the apostle, for only someone of John’s well known and preeminent status as an apostle would be able to write with such unmistakable authority, expecting complete obedience from his readers, without clearly identifying himself (e.g., 4:6). He was well known to the readers so he didn’t need to mention his name.
    John and James, his older brother (Acts 12:2), were known as “the sons of Zebedee” (Matt.10:2–4), whom Jesus gave the name “Sons of Thunder” (Mark 3:17). John was one of the 3most intimate associates of Jesus (along with Peter and James—cf. Matt. 17:1; 26:37), beingan eyewitness to and participant in Jesus’ earthly ministry (1:1–4). In addition to the 3 epistles,John also authored the fourth gospel, in which he identified himself as the disciple “whomJesus loved” and as the one who reclined on Jesus’ breast at the Last Supper (John 13:23;19:26; 20:2; 21:7,20). He also wrote the book of Revelation (Rev. 1:1).
    Precise dating is difficult because no clear historical indications of date exist in 1 John. Most likely John composed this work in the latter part of the first century. Church tradition consistently identifies John in his advanced age as living and actively writing during this time at Ephesus in Asia Minor. The tone of the epistle supports this evidence since the writer gives the strong impression that he is much older than his readers (e.g., “my little children”—2:1,18,28). The epistle and John’s gospel reflect similar vocabulary and manner of expression(see Historical and Theological Themes). Such similarity causes many to date the writing of
    John’s epistles as occurring soon after he composed his gospel. Since many date the gospel during the later part of the first century, they also prefer a similar date for the epistles. Furthermore, the heresy John combats most likely reflects the beginnings of Gnosticism (see Background and Setting) which was in its early stages during the latter third of the first century when John was actively writing. Since no mention is made of the persecution under Domitian, which began about A.D. 95, it may have been written before that began. In light of such factors, a reasonable date for 1 John is ca. A.D. 90–95. It was likely written from Ephesus to the churches of Asia Minor over which John exercised apostolic leadership.

    Background and Setting
    Although he was greatly advanced in age when he penned this epistle, John was still actively ministering to churches. He was the sole remaining apostolic survivor who had intimate, eyewitness association with Jesus throughout His earthly ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension. The church Fathers (e.g., Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Eusebius) indicate that after that time, John lived at Ephesus in Asia Minor, carrying out an extensive evangelistic program, overseeing many of the churches that had arisen, and conducting an extensive writing ministry (e.g., epistles, The Gospel of John, and Revelation). One church Father (Papias) who had direct contact with John described him as a “living and abiding voice.” As the last remaining apostle, John’s testimony was highly authoritative among the churches. Many eagerly sought to hear the one who had first-hand experience with the Lord Jesus.
    Ephesus (cf. Acts 19:10) lay within the intellectual center of Asia Minor. As predicted years before by the Apostle Paul (Acts 20:28–31), false teachers arising from within the church’s own ranks, saturated with the prevailing climate of philosophical trends, began infecting the church with false doctrine, perverting fundamental apostolic teaching. These false teachers advocated new ideas which eventually became known as “Gnosticism” (from the Gr. word “knowledge”). After the Pauline battle for freedom from the law, Gnosticism was the most dangerous heresy that threatened the early church during the first 3 centuries. Most likely, John was combating the beginnings of this virulent heresy that threatened to destroy the fundamentals of the faith and the churches (see Interpretive Challenges).
    Gnosticism, influenced by such philosophers as Plato, advocated a dualism asserting that matter was inherently evil and spirit was good. As a result of this presupposition, these false teachers, although attributing some form of deity to Christ, denied his true humanity to preserve Him from evil. It also claimed elevated knowledge, a higher truth known only to those in on the deep things. Only the initiated had the mystical knowledge of truth that was higher even than the Scripture
    Instead of divine revelation standing as judge over man’s ideas, man’s ideas judged God’s revelation (2:15–17). The heresy featured two basic forms. First, some asserted that Jesus’ physical body was not real but only “seemed” to be physical (known as “Docetism” from a Gr. word that means “to appear”). John forcefully affirmed the physical reality of Jesus by reminding his readers that he was an eyewitness to Him (“heard,” “seen,” “ handled,” “JesusChrist has come in the flesh”—1:1–4; 4:2,3). According to early tradition (Irenaeus), another form of this heresy which John may have attacked was led by a man named Cerinthus, who contended that the Christ’s “spirit” descended on the human Jesus at his baptism but left him just before his crucifixion. John wrote that the Jesus who was baptized at the beginning of His ministry was the same person who was crucified on the cross (5:6).
    Such heretical views destroy not only the true humanity of Jesus, but also the atonement, for Jesus must not only have been truly God, but also the truly human (and physically real) man who actually suffered and died upon the cross in order to be the acceptable substitutionary sacrifice for sin (cf. Heb. 2:14–17). The biblical view of Jesus affirms His complete humanity as well as His full deity.
    The gnostic idea that matter was evil and only spirit was good led to the idea that either the body should be treated harshly, a form of asceticism (e.g., Colossians 2:21–23), or sin committed in the body had no connection or effect on one’s spirit. This led some, especially John’s opponents, to conclude that sin committed in the physical body did not matter; absolute indulgence in immorality was permissible; one could deny sin even existed (1:8–10) and disregard God’s law (3:4). John emphasized the need for obedience to God’s laws, for he defined the true love of God as obedience to His commandments (5:3).
    A lack of love for fellow believers characterizes false teachers, especially as they react against anyone rejecting their new way of thinking (3:10–18). They separated their deceived followers from the fellowship of those who remained faithful to apostolic teaching, leading John to reply that such separation outwardly manifested that those who followed false teachers lacked genuine salvation (2:19). Their departure left the other believers, who remained faithful to apostolic doctrine, shaken. Responding to this crisis, the aged apostle wrote to reassure those remaining faithful and to combat this grave threat to the church. Since the heresy was so acutely dangerous and the time period was so critical for the church in danger of being overwhelmed by false teaching, John gently, lovingly, but with unquestionable apostolic authority, sent this letter to churches in his sphere of influence to stem this spreading plague of false doctrine.

    Historical and Theological Themes
    In light of the circumstances of the epistle, the overall theme of 1 John is “a recall to the fundamentals of the faith” or “back to the basics of Christianity.” The apostle deals with certainties, not opinions or conjecture. He expresses the absolute character of Christianity in very simple terms; terms that are clear and unmistakable, leaving no doubt as to the fundamental nature of those truths. A warm, conversational, and above all, loving tone occurs, like a father having a tender, intimate conversation with his children.
    First John also is pastoral, written from the heart of a pastor who has concern for his people. As a shepherd, John communicated to his flock some very basic, but vitally essential, principles reassuring them regarding the basics of the faith. He desired them to have joy regarding the certainty of their faith rather than being upset by the false teaching and current defections of some (1:4).
    The book’s viewpoint, however, is not only pastoral but also polemical; not only positive but also negative. John’s refutes the defectors from sound doctrine, exhibiting no tolerance for those who pervert divine truth. He labels those departing from the truth as “false prophets” (4:1), “those who try to deceive” (2:26; 3:7), and “antichrists” (2:18). He pointedly identifies the ultimate source of all such defection from sound doctrine as demonic (4:1–7).
    The constant repetition of 3 sub-themes reinforces the overall theme regarding faithfulness to the basics of Christianity: happiness (1:4), holiness (2:1), and security (5:13). By faithfulness to the basics, his readers will experience these 3 results continually in their lives. These 3 factors also reveal the key cycle of true spirituality in 1 John: a proper belief in Jesus produces obedience to His commands; obedience issues in love for God and fellow believers (e.g., 3:23,24). When these 3 (sound faith, obedience, love) operate in concert together, they result in happiness, holiness and assurance. They constitute the evidence, the litmus test, of a true Christian.

    Interpretive Challenges
    Theologians debate the precise nature of the false teachers’ beliefs in 1 John, because John does not directly specify their beliefs, but rather combats the heretics mainly through a positive restatement of the fundamentals of the faith. The main feature of the heresy, as noted above, seems to be a denial of the incarnation, i.e., Christ had not come in the flesh. This was most likely an incipient or beginning form of Gnosticism, as was pointed out.
    The interpreter is also challenged by the rigidity of John’s theology. John presents the basics or fundamentals of the Christian life in absolute, not relative, terms. Unlike Paul, who presented exceptions, and dealt so often with believers’ failures to meet the divine standard, John does not deal with the “what if I fail” issues. Only in 2:1,2 does he give some relief from the absolutes. The rest of the book presents truths in black and white rather than shades of gray, often through a stark contrast, e.g., “light” vs. “darkness” (1:5,7; 2:8–11); truth vs. lies (2:21,22; 4:1); children of God vs. children of the devil (3:10). Those who claim to be Christians must absolutely display the characteristics of genuine Christians: sound doctrine, obedience, and love. Those who are truly born again have been given a new nature, which givesevidence of itself. Those who do not display characteristics of the new nature don’t have it, sowere never truly born again. The issues do not center (as much of Paul’s writing does) inmaintaining temporal or daily fellowship with God but the application of basic tests in one’slife to confirm that salvation has truly occurred. Such absolute distinctions were alsocharacteristic of John’s gospel.
    In a unique fashion, John challenges the interpreter by his repetition of similar themes over and over to emphasize the basic truths about genuine Christianity. Some have likened John’s repetition to a spiral that moves outward, becoming larger and larger, each time spreading the same truth over a wider area and encompassing more territory. Others have seen the spiral as moving inward, penetrating deeper and deeper into the same themes while expanding on his thoughts. However one views the spiraling pattern, John uses repetition of basic truths as a means to accentuate their importance and to help his readers understandand remember them.

    Outline
    I. The Fundamental Tests of Genuine Fellowship—SPIRAL I (1:1–2:17)
    A. The Fundamental Tests of Doctrine (1:1–2:2)
    1. A biblical view of Christ (1:1–4)

    A biblical view of sin (1:5–2:2)
    B. The Fundamental Tests of Morals (2:3–17)
    A biblical view of obedience (2:3–6)
    A biblical view of love (2:7–17)
    a. The love that God requires (2:7–11)

    b. The love that God hates (2:12–17)

    II. The Fundamental Tests of Genuine Fellowship—SPIRAL II (2:18–3:24)
    A.Part 2 of the Doctrinal Test (2:18–27)
    1. Antichrists depart from Christian fellowship (2:18–21)

    Antichrists deny the Christian faith (2:22–25)
    Antichrists deceive the Christian faithful (2:26, 27)
    B. Part 2 of the Moral Test (2:28–3:24)
    The purifying hope of the Lord’s return (2:28–3:3)
    The Christian’s incompatibility with sin (3:4–24)
    a. The requirement of righteousness (3:4–10)

    b. The requirement of love (3:11–24)
    III. The Fundamental Tests of Genuine Fellowship—SPIRAL III (4:1–21)
    A. Part 3 of the Doctrinal Test (4:1–6)
    1. The demonic source of false doctrine (4:1–3)
    2. The need for sound doctrine (4:4–6)
    B. Part 3 of the Moral Test (4:7–21)
    1. God’s character of love (4:7–10)

    God’s requirement of love (4:11–21)
    IV. The Fundamental Tests of Genuine Fellowship—SPIRAL IV (5:1–21)
    A. The Victorious Life in Christ (5:1–5)

    B. The Witness of God for Christ (5:6–12)

    C. Christian Certainties Because of Christ (5:13–21)
    1. The certainty of eternal life (5:13)

    The certainty of answered prayer (5:14–17)
    The certainty of victory over sin and Satan (5:18–21)

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  • It’s all about the spirit Jah know. Your Spirituality evolves and grows naturally. Like your learning and your own personal exclusive relationship with God. Take my Silver and my Gold, I and I prefer the half that has never been told. Exclusive Jah Warrior, to break down any barrier. Everything is as it should be. It’s all good. You build me up. You fill my cup and let it overflow.

    “I discovered that teachers could teach me nothing. I refused to waste my time listening. I go to trees and flowers in the jungle and have them show I what I should know, learn what I should learn.”

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  • I JOHN TWO
    20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
    21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
    22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
    23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
    24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
    25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
    26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
    27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
    28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

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  • If you never know love already
    You’ll never ever know love again
    If you never show love already
    You’ll never ever show love again
    it’s a shame shame shame
    the father created the world
    to love and obey instead you decieve them
    Dem no know Dub

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  • 1 Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all, hear me, blest Savior, when I call;
    hear me, and from thy dwelling place pour down the riches of thy grace.
    Refrain:
    Jesus, my Lord, I thee adore; O make me love thee more and more.

    2 Jesus, too late I thee have sought; how can I love thee as I ought?
    And how extol thy matchless fame, the glorious beauty of thy name? [Refrain]

    3 Jesus, what didst thou find in me that thou hast dealt so lovingly?
    How great the joy that thou hast brought, so far exceeding hope or thought! [Refrain]

    4 Jesus, of thee shall be my song; to thee my heart and soul belong;
    all that I have or am is thine, and thou, blest Savior, thou art mine. [Refrain]

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  • Piece the Prophet

    Preach on gentle one and fellow Apostate

    May you be among those who are blessed in Eternsl Life in the Presence of God

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  • Gnosis know thyself to know God
    (▷) Just In Time, I Would Know Him, The Grace Thriller

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  • We see the Sunday cunthole locating “intelligence” within the spiritual.

    What a concomitant asshole! Even a biblical dunce would know that intellect is of “soul”. Whereas matters of spirit are associated with intuition, not intellect………… amongst other characteristics.

    How could it be possible that an alleged barbados scholar could have so skillfully avoided these basic philosophical principles.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ GP at 9 :13 Am

    Lovely choir and rendition.Which choir is this?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ GP

    Thanks for the Hymn Festival. A& M hymns were definitely composed for African voices and sense of Spirituality. One feels transported to another realm altogether.

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  • Okay, am I still the most vile poster on BU?

    🤣🤣🤣

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  • VINCENT
    RE Which choir is this?
    ST PETER’S ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL OSABA NIGERIA
    THE ANGLICAN CHURCH SEEM TO BE VERY STRONG IN NIGERIA. THERE ARE SEVERAL DIOCESE
    THEY SEEM TO BE SOMEWHAT EVANGELICAL ALSO

    THESE HYMNS ARE TO BE FOUND IN HYMNALS USED BY SEVERAL DENOMINATIONS. THEY ARE NOT EXCLUSIVELY ANGLICAN.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ GP
    Thanks very much. I was referring to the red gown,red hat choir. The later choirs were just as good and some better. I feel inspired.

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  • ITS THE SAME CHOIR VINCENT
    THEY HAVE SEVERAL DIFFERENT UNIFORMS AND ROBES
    THEY ARE DIFFERENT COMBINATION OF THE SINGERS IN THE DIFFERENT RECORDINGS

    YOU WILL NOTICE THAT THE LAST SELECTIONS ARE NOT A&M HYMNS

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  • Here is an enthusiastic Nigerian choir singing CHRIST IS MADE OUR SURE FOUNDATION TO THE TUNE “WESTMINISTER ABBEY” BY SIR HENRY PURCELL.

    . Reminds me of the 60’s singing in Christ Church Parish Church Choir
    There are 25 singers on the decani side and 25 singers on the cantoris side with stringed instruments et al between.
    Fabulous altos! Weak tenors & basses.

    This old hymn (c 1680) has become very popular worldwide in recent years. First heard it in 1997.
    Only criticism: NO descant in the last verse.

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  • GOD IS WORKING OUT HIS PURPOSE TO THE TUNE BENSON
    An appropriate hymn at this time that is very popular in Africa recent years is this New Year’s hymn, originally.
    These folk are so Anglican that they have lampshades in the choir stalls in a well lit church and chancel

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ GP
    Thanks for the additional uploads. The hymns are familiar to me. We experimented in this province for a few years with other Hymnals before we compiled and published our own.

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  • GP or John or Ironside:

    What’s up with Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University?

    Now I am beginning to realize how very boring my personal life has been.

    i shoulda married a Christian pastor.

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  • Why is our CJ resigning?

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  • Cuhdear BajanAugust 24, 2020 8:58 PM

    GP or John or Ironside:

    What’s up with Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Looks like Eve at it again.

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  • Cuhdear Bajan
    I have been to Lynchburg VA, and I have been on Liberty University Campus, but I know nothing about Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University. However, I do know of our very own born and bred Canon David Tudor, son of Canon H St C Tudor, and I do know also of his bulling son Michael in Canada
    Do you have any questions about 1 John?

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  • Nope. I got i John covered.

    Why were you on the campus of liberty?

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  • @John August 24, 2020 9:10 PM “Why is our CJ resigning?”

    Or maybe I shouldda married a CJ

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  • q. Why were you on the campus of liberty?
    a. was vacationing in Lynchburg VA, at Baptist friends who studied or/and worked there

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  • Cuhdear BajanAugust 24, 2020 10:06 PM

    Why were you on the campus of liberty?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Do you think Lynchburg should be renamed?

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  • Cuhdear BajanAugust 24, 2020 10:09 PM

    @John August 24, 2020 9:10 PM “Why is our CJ resigning?”

    Or maybe I shouldda married a CJ

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Some women might say “me too”

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  • Beautiful landscape in Virginia. Yes I visited there too. And maybe I am showing off, or maybe not.

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  • I remember when i first visited, I went to church on the Sunday as is my usual practice, and when I went to the communion rail the white priest “passed me over” I was the only black person in the church. My white hosts were so embarrassed by the action of the priest that they asked me to return to the communion rail, but I wasn’t ’bout running ’bout behind no ole white man.

    He claimed after the service that he didn’t know if i was an Anglican or not. What??? How did he know that the rest of the people were Anglicans? It was summer and at the coffee hour after the service it was clear that there were plenty of visitors.

    He priest musta think that black means stupid, that i didn’t recognise racism in my own pastorate when it was right up in my face, literally.

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  • Here the Christian pastor Jerry Falwell on Brown vs the Board of Education

    “If Chief Justice Warren and his associates had known God’s word and had desired to do the Lord’s will, I am quite confident that the 1954 decision would never have been made. The facilities should be separate. When God has drawn a line of distinction, we should not attempt to cross that line.”

    Except that it was not God that drew a line of distinction, it was white men just like Falwell. Not unless Falwell believed that God and white men are synonymous terms.

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  • I’ve been to Churches in the US and taking communion is a matter of choice.

    When the bread and wine is passed around you make the choice whether to partake or not.

    Nobody assumes you will partake, you take the positive action.

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  • Very different from Barbados.

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  • Don’t know where you visit in Barbados but it was a matter of choice in every church I visited here.

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  • See Cuhdear Bajan? Again with the Eve stuff. As though we cannot read the whole story.

    STEUPSE!.

    Another fraud bites the dust!

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  • Matt Herron Civil Rights Photographer
    https://images.app.goo.gl/hbMrDs5fcwMHWeNZ6

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  • Whenever a preacher is overly concerned with regulating other people’s sex lives I know that it is HIS sex life that needs the regulating.

    They can fool the fools but they cannot fool me.

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  • The Spiritual Battle of Black Versus White continues daily
    Back to Black

    Back to Black Reaction

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  • Input – Process – Output
    Educate – Meditate – Action
    Ganesh – Buddha – Kali Amma

    Our 3-Dimensional eye to brain pattern recognition is able to process data more easily and readily when presented in the form pictorial representation, diagrams and graphs, or in other words a picture is worth a thousand words.

    There are many photos in public domain on internet which show Civil Rights fights of 60’s and 70’s etc and #BLM in 2020 which have been happening in our lifetimes in USA. You can see blacks of yesterday struggling for the most basic rights like human rights, equality, right to vote, rights to share beaches, benches, restaurants. It is not a victory to win rights that should have been given in the first place, but you can see the humanity and poverty of the blacks and the inhumanity and attitudes of whites that say “I am your boss” and “You are inferior and I am superior due to the complexion of skin colour”. The photos of whites protesting against the black protestors can be even more telling. The Black Lives Matter movement keeps getting more issues to protest about in different cities across America every time a black youth or man gets shot or killed by a cop so it will never stop. Policing in USA started to catch runaway slaves, the 13th Amendment made Jail system the only place for legalised slavery, but then the Justice system became prejudiced against blacks. Police wanted every black youth captured in the system with a record. If you are black and have no record then you must be a liar. 1 in 3 black males are put in the prison versus 1 in 15 white males.

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  • addendums
    2-Dimensional diagrams..
    + water fountains, schools..

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  • Addendum 2

    every time.. .. a black woman or child gets shot or killed by a cop …

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  • Addendum 3
    Music has been part of black communication from the first sound of a drumbeat to the griot original rappers conveying the news.
    The Black / Slave / Segregation / apartheid / Civil Rights fights / fight aginst racism / black lives matter movements produced some of the best music arts and crafts in US and African cultures and across the black diaspora around the world, from blues to jazz to soul to pop to hip hop and dance music.
    It also represents all other aspects of life like love and any other stuff.

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  • Addendum 4
    It (music) also represents all other aspects of life like love and any other stuff… like hippy movements, youth movements, fashions and is a big business that takes ghetto youths with skills and ambition opportunity to escapeout of poverty.

    When Quincy Jones and Bassie Orchestra joined Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas in 1966 it (Music and Las Vegas) was still segregated and they could not stay in the hotels they performed in and had to sleep in the ghetto hotels on the other side of town in the black neighbourhoods.
    Frank Sinatra made a stand and refused to perform there any more unless they desegregated the hotels, he also assigned bodyguards to each black member with instructions to break peoples noses if they looked at the black musicians funny.

    Reality of Heaven and Hell are both present right here on Planet Earth.
    Buddhist philosophy believes in Karma, addressing suffering, illness death in life, doing good, respecting all life, practising inward attention, breathing, meditating, exercising, chanting, praying, alms giving and receiving, giving up worldly possessions, spiritual enlightenment, reincarnation. They believe that you will be reborn again when you die unless you reach total enlightenment to stay in the kingdom of heaven.

    Having said that, Buddhism can be like Christianity and all other religions where the followers, teachers and leaders are not true followers, teachers and leaders and it is another scam for total control total mantrol and can be divisive and prejudiced like society and humanity.

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  • Addendum 5
    Music and any other form of creativity channel and represent the creation of the maker of the universe aka the one God and is useful practise to follow when feeling the down pressure of the unmaker, evil, devil.

    There is god and devils and demons inside all and you can dance with any or all like shamans.

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  • Instrument for Jah

    Drum Song Prt.2

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  • footnote: I forgot to say up above “segregated swimming pools and churches too” and relationships

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