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The First Epistle of John - Lesson 1, Bible Study, By Wayne Dailey

The First Epistle of John - Lesson 1, Bible Study, By Wayne Dailey

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Bible StudyThe First Epistle of JohnLesson OneI John Chapter One
Walk in the Light
Course Instructions
This Bible study on
The First Epistle of John
is intended to do a work in your life.Take these lessons into your prayer closet, and let the Word search the depths of your heart
(Hebrews 4:12)
. Gaining a mere head-knowledge of this epistle will not profit youat all.As you progress through the study, review previous lessons before continuing. Keepreviewing memory verses as well as learning the new ones. Let them become part of you, renewing your mind and cleansing your ways
(see Romans 12:2, Psalm 119:9)
.
NOTE:
The words "he" and "him" are used when referring to a person in general.
Lesson Overview
In this first epistle (letter), the apostle John wanted to make sure that those he waswriting to — 
i.e.,
professing Christians — truly had eternal life. He declared that thosewho possessed eternal life would live righteously, not in sin, and their faith would restfirmly in Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God and Saviour of the world.In chapter one, John jumped right into these issues. He writes that the eternal life (
i.e.,
Jesus Christ) had been made manifest to him and the other apostles, and he wanted hisreaders to enjoy the same fellowship with God the Father and with Jesus, God's Son,as they did. He made clear that God is light, so to have fellowship with Him, we mustlive in the light (righteousness) and not in darkness (sin). If we walk in the light, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
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In following chapters, John reemphasizes, in various ways, the truth that we must walk in the light. Also, because God is love, we must walk according to God's love if we'reto have fellowship with Him and obtain eternal life. Living a holy and righteous life is proof that we're God's children and will give us confidence in the day of judgment.John also warns of seducing spirits that would try to deceive us into denying Jesus asthe way to eternal life.
Detailed TeachingV
erses 1,2
 I John 1:1,2
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we haveseen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands havehandled, of the Word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seenit, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with theFather, and was manifested unto us . . .
The Apostle John had been eyewitness to many wonderful things. He wrote thisepistle to assure the readers' hearts about the things he had witnessed, because he had personally seen, and heard, and handled the Word of life. He knew the apostles wereobligated to bear witness to the world of all they had been witness to: the fact thateternal life has been made manifest unto us.
Obtaining eternal life is the key issue
This is the one thing we want to be absolutely sure of. It should be the thing we placemost emphasis upon in our lives.
 John 3:16 
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, thatwhosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Jesus came preaching eternal life to this world. This life is in the Father and has beenmade manifest unto us through His Son.What a great promise God has given us, wanting us to have eternal life with Him: andthis life is given to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. He is made manifest unto usthrough the new birth, when we have been born again of the Spirit of God. Yes, eternallife is manifest unto those who will believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins, rose
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again from the dead, and is alive today.
 Romans 10:9,10
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believein thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouthconfession is made unto salvation.
It is a matter of 
believing
and
confessing
: One must reach out to Jesus,
believing
theGospel as the means of his salvation.One must stand in faith,
believing
that the finished work for one's salvation wasaccomplished by Jesus Christ's death on Calvary's Cross, His resurrection, and thecleansing power of His shed blood. This is what one must put his faith in for hiseternal salvation.
 Ephesians 2:8,9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is thegift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.
SUMMARY
of verses 1 and 2
a)
John was an eyewitness of Jesus' life upon this earth. He had personallyseen, heard and handled the Word of Life (Jesus) — 
 John 1:1, 14
.
b)
John wrote this epistle to bear witness to the fact that
eternal life
had been made manifest unto us:
John 3:16
God's love for the world provided eternal life.God gave His only begotten Son.Whosoever believes in His Son will gain eternal life.Whosoever does not believe will perish.
Romans 10:9,10
Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus.Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.
Ephesians 2:8,9
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