1 John’s Purpose Statement [conclusion]

I’ve been arguing that the purpose of the book of 1 John is not to give tests by which believers may be assured of their genuine salvation, but rather that the readers may enjoy intimate fellowship with God just as John does (as well as the other apostles), thus completing the apostles’ joy in the fellowship they have with the readers in the common salvation they share (cf. 1 John 1:3)…

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Theological Implications of John’s Purpose Statement

It is important to note not only the theological grounds for the interpretation of First John 5:13 as John’s purpose statement, but also its implications. If John is giving tests by which one determines the presence of salvation, then faith alone in Christ alone is functionally not the only condition for salvation. In other words, faith must necessarily be accompanied by good works which serve to affirm and confirm that faith, or otherwise the faith was not saving…

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Theological Assumptions in 1 John

One’s interpretation of John’s aim in his first epistle has definite ramifications for one’s view of both the gospel and the possibility of assurance of one’s salvation. For many, also, viewing the book of 1 John as laying out tests by which to determine one’s salvation makes sense because of the theological position they already hold. However, one must always be careful to humbly and honestly approach the text, seeking to not read one’s theology into the text…

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1 John’s Purpose Statement

Many have assumed that the purpose statement of First John is to be found near the end of John’s epistle. The pertinent verse reads, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13, ESV). This is certainly a purpose statement, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is the purpose statement for the entire book. For a couple of reasons, I would argue this is not John’s overarching purpose statement.

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To Whom Was 1st John Written?

An important key to interpreting and understanding the book of First John is in establishing who the recipients of the epistle were. It is vital to understand that John is writing this epistle to believers who know they are believers, and whom John knows are believers…

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Purpose of 1 John

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“There is a great deal of discussion about whether the apostle John wrote his first epistle in order to provide his readers with tests for salvation, or tests for genuine fellowship with God…

I’ve come to believe that the apostle John’s primary purpose in writing the letter of First John has to do with fellowship; it’s to encourage his readers to enjoy the same fellowship with God that John does…”

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