1 John Recap

I had originally planned to begin posting today on 2 John. However, as I was doing a little web surfing today and browsing several sites with study information for 1 John, 2 John and 3 John, I found a background of 1 John that I thought worthy of sharing. The author breaks down the message of 1 John into simple and "easy to address" questions. These are from what look to be a sermon by a Dr. Williams. If you interested in reading the full article, click here.

Dr. Williams breaks down the message of 1 John into four "Tests of Life". He states that if you can honestly say that you pass each of these four tests, you can be assured that you have a relationship with God and have confidence in your salvation.

Here are the four tests......

1. Do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe that He is the eternal Son of God who came in flesh?

2. Do you repent of sin?

3. Do you love the brethren?

4. Do you persevere in the faith until the end?

The message of 1 John is beautiful as it tells us the importance of having a relationship with God and tells us how we can approach building and growing this relationship (and does address each of the above questions). If you've never taken the time to read this book I encourage you to take some time now and do so. I promise you will be blessed and, if you follow John's message in your own life, you will be changed.

11 Thoughts Shared:

Jill said...

AMEN Melanie!

Beautiful way to ask where others are in their walk with Him!

I love anything John wrote through the Holy Spirit.

Have a beautiful week! Blessings and love,

Joyfull said...

Wow, the four points are so simple, yet deeply profound. I John is a wonderful book and I have enjoyed reaching deeper into it through your sharing.

Joan said...

Thanks again for a beautiful post. Simple and effective.
God Bless

Laurie Ann said...

I've read it before but will read it again tonight with this in mind. I love it! Beautiful post, Melanie.

Front Porch Legacy said...

I love I John! I recently attended a Beth Moore simulcast and she focused on 1 John and I left incredibly inspired and challenged. Always a good thing.

Erica said...

I love 1 John. I feel like the whole book is underlined in my bible! Thanks for the challenge and encouragement.

Amydeanne said...

off to read it. thanks for caring about us enough to post these important questions!

Tricia said...

Thanks for sharing that Melanie! Good questions for us and for others... thanks!


Cheryl said...


Very interesting! Trying to catch up with all my bloggy friends!

Thanks for sharing.


Peggy said...

Blessings Melanie...thank you for challenging us through 1 John with
Dr. Williams 4 tests of life! Yeahhh
I pass...well, we'll see with#4 but working hard on finishing & persevering in this race til the end!

I love these letters and they do speak so much about maintaining our relationship just like you said!

In the simplicity of these 4?s is the profound truth of living your faith & in relationship with Jesus.

Thank you for visiting me and leaving some encouragement(I don't remember when it was but recently & I knew I owed you a visit soon). This was simply a delight. Checking out the link now!!!

God Chaser said...

thanks for sharing these questions Melanie. You are so very good with finding things to make us think.