One of the things John was trying to do when he wrote this letter to some very dear friends of his was to help them know that when they believed in Jesus they inherited eternal life. Jesus was completely God and completely man and as such He, and only He, had the right to purchase eternal life and then offer it to anyone who wanted it as a free gift.
And once anyone believed in Him and accepted His gift of eternal life, that eternal life was never going to go away. It was eternal. Period. That’s the Gospel.
In John’s day there were evil-minded men trying to confuse new believers about what the Gospel really was, and about who Jesus really was. John wrote this letter to set the record straight and teach his beloved readers seven basics, woven in and repeated over and over through the whole letter – seven basics which would propel them into fruitful, rich, confident, and satisfying lives with Christ.
Kathleen’s 6–lesson 1st John Bible Study is a chapter-by-chapter walk through the New Testament book of 1st John. It’s specially designed for personal devotional use or for your Small Group discussion-style Bible Study.