1. Blessed Fellowship (1:1-10) 2. How We Know That We Know God (2:1-7) 3. What To and Not To Love (2:8-17) 4. Antichrist vs. the Christ (2:18-3:3) 5. Abiding in Satan vs. Abiding in Christ (3:4-24) 6. The One Born of God (4:1-5:13) 7. Privileges and Responsibilities of Those Born of God (5:14-21)
It is generally thought that this letter was written late in the first century as a response to gnosticism; it is usually dated between A. D. 80-90. It is not addressed to any one individual or church, but, like the gospel of John, it is universal. John frequently covers subjects and then comes back to the same topic.
1:2 "...that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us." 1:7-9 "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 2:2 "And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world." 2:3-4 "Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, 'I know Him,' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." 2:15-17 "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not ] in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever." 3:1-3 "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God! Therefore, the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." 3:4 "Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness." 3:16 "By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." 3:18 "My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth." 4:1 "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world." 4:7-8 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love." 4:19 "We love Him because He first loved us." 4:20 "If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" 5:16 "If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that." 5:21 "Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen."

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