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New Testament Survey: The Book Of First John

Written By: Steve Shirley

 

The Book Of First John

Author:  John (Son of Zebedee)
(For more on John see: Survey: Gospel of John)

"the Word"(1 Jn 1:1) / (Jn 1:1,14)
"joy may be full"(1 Jn 1:4) / (Jn 16:24)
contrasting light and darkness(1 Jn 1:6-7) / (Jn 3:19-21)
"a new commandment to you"(1 Jn 2:7) / (Jn 13:34)
descriptions of "the devil"(1 Jn 3:8) / (Jn 8:44)
"passed from life unto death"(1 Jn 3:14) / (Jn 5:24)
whoever is of God hears his words, whoever is not does not(1 Jn 4:6) / (Jn 8:47)
"his only begotten son"(1 Jn 4:9) / (Jn 3:16)
God the Father is a witness who testifies about the son(1 Jn 5:9) / (Jn 5:32,37)
believe = life / don't = no life(1 Jn 5:12) / (Jn 3:36)
we must be born of God(1 Jn 5:1) / (Jn 3:3-8)
laying down one's life(1 Jn 3:16) / (Jn 10:15,17-18, 13:37-38, 15:13)
"eternal life"(1 Jn 1:2. 2:25, 3:15. 5:11,13,20) / (Jn 3:15, 5:39, 6:54,68, 10:28)
"Saviour of the world"(1 Jn 4:140 / (Jn 4:42)

The Stats:

Date Written:

** Note: Eusebius said that John was banished to the isle of Patmos near the end of Domitian's reign. At this time, he wrote Revelation (Rev 1:9). When Nerva very briefly succeeded Domitian as emperor, he allowed John to return to Ephesus, where he died a natural death several years later in app. 98 A.D at about the age of 90 under the reign of emperor Trajun (98-117 A.D.).

Place Written:  Ephesus

Written To: 

Key Verses:  (1 Jn 1:5-10)(1 Jn 2:1-6,15-16,22-23)(1 Jn 3:1,6-9,18,22-24)(1 Jn 4:1-4,9,18)(1 Jn 5:4-5,7,13-14)

Purpose: 

Special Emphasis:

"light" (1 Jn 1:5)"greater than our heart, and knoweth all things" (1 Jn 3:20)
"righteous" (1 Jn 2:29)(1 Jn 3:7)"love" (1 Jn 4:8,16)
"pure" (1 Jn 3:3)"true" (1 Jn 5:20)
"sinless" (1 Jn 3:5)

Survey:

1. The family with the Father, 1:1-3:24.

2. The family and the world, 4:1-5:21.

(Survey from Scofield Reference Notes [1917 ed.]: Public Domain)