By the time John wrote his letter, 1 John, in the late first century, he would have been one of the last living eyewitnesses to Jesus’ life and ministry. Through the work of Paul and the other Apostles, the Gospel of Jesus had been spread wide through the known world. But other voices were starting to muddy the clear message of Christ.
In this verse-by-verse study, we’ll read John’s encouragement to his readers to stand strong in the faith. He starts by reminding his readers that he was an eyewitness to the life of Christ and goes on to spell out clearly what the life of a Christ-follower ought to look like.
In this study of 1 John, we'll cover in detail all 5 chapters of John’s letter.
Dr. Harold J. Berry is a former professor of Bible and Greek at Grace University of Omaha. He served for many years as personal assistant to Theodore H. Epp, founder of Back to the Bible. Dr. Berry holds a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Divinity from Grace University.
This study was adapted from Harold Berry, “Study in 1 John” (Lincoln, Neb.: Back to the Bible, 2020).