1. Do a word study of the word “hate” in 2:9,11. Look it up in Strong’s concordance, find the Greek word used and then look up the word in Vines NT Dictionary (same site).
2. “I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake.” (2:12) tekniva, little children are those who are spiritually uninstructed or new to the faith. “Are forgiven” in the Greek is in the perfect tense, which means the action was completed in the past, and the results continue into the future. God forgives forever those who surrender to him.
“I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning.” (2:13a)
Ginwvskw , “known” is also in the perfect tense. These fathers (older ones in the faith), came to know Christ in the past, and that experiential knowledge of him continues to operate in their lives producing a matured knowledge of Christ.
What does these two verses tell us about the effects of salvation upon one’s life? Cf. John 14:16,17.
John continues in verse 13, “. . . I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. . . .” Again the perfect tense is used. The young men overcame Satan in the past and continue to overcome him. This speaks of the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian’s life. In verse 14b, John says, “I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”
1. Spiritually strong.
2. The word of God abiding within.
3. Overcoming the Evil One.
How are these three thoughts interrelated in the life of the believer?
2. How does the Apostle John define love (3:16-18)? How does this differ from today’s attitude towards love?
3. In 2:15, John writes, “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves [“loves” is present tense and speaks of continual action or habitual conduct] the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” In your own words, what emphatic declaration is John stating here?
4. In 2:16,17, John says that all that is in the world is passing away, and he lists things that are characteristic of the world. What are these things?
5. Read the following verses carefully. Record all, or part, of the verse as you see fit. Record what they teach about fleshly lusts, evil desires, evil selfish boasting and pride.
I. James 1:14,15 –
II. 1 Peter 2:11 –
III. Jude 14-19 –
IV. Philippians 3:17-20 –
V. John 8:44 –