Overall Theme: John is urging all Christians to live close to god and love other people to get closer to God/Jesus.
-John explains that people must live close to god and live in the “light.” This is basically saying that if you put your sins in the light and confess them to god, he will forgive them. •“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us all from sin.” 1 John 1: 7 -John clarifies that god’s children should love others because it is what God/Jesus would do. •“Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.” 1 John 2: 10 -Love God and do not cherish the material things over God.
•“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him.”1 John 2:15 -Follow the path and the commandments and do not follow the path of the devil/sin. •“Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil.”1 John 3: 7-8 -Love and treat each other right to demonstrate that you love God and act as he wants you to. •“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of god and knows god. Whoever does not love does not know god, because God is love.” 1 John 4: 7-9 -If one follows god and believes in Jesus he will give you eternal life. Eternal life is only found in the belief of Jesus. •“He who has the son has life; he who does not have the son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5: 12
-Do not listen to deceivers of the faith (a.k.a antichrist)
•“Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for.” 2 John 1: 7-8 -Do not allow people who do not have faith in Jesus...