The first Epistle of John was sent not to a particular church, but to all the people of God, in order to counteract the heretical teachings which were influencing believers in John’s day. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, John aims to make clear that there is no fellowship with God when the truth about Jesus Christ is not believed, and that only walking in obedience to the gospel maintains fellowship with God. By writing about God’s attributes, John wants to convince the children of God of the experimental reality of knowing God that guarantees them joys and privileges through the Covenant of Redemption. As we study this book we will see that ‘abiding in Christ’ is the secret of sustained assurance and perseverance, and that only those who are ‘born of God’ are capable of loving as He loves. It is only when genuine spiritual life
dwells within that believers are strong enough to overcome the wicked one, the world and indwelling sin.
‘It is scholarly in content yet simple to follow, theological in scope yet practical in application, and it does exactly what the title says: it opens up 1 John to the reader.
Christians will be both informed and enriched.’
Prof. Steve Taylor, Liverpool University, and part of the eldership team at Dovecot Evangelical Church, Liverpool
‘This helpful outline of the teaching of 1 John comments insightfully on every verse . . . The work makes frequent cross-references to other New Testament writings, so highlighting the consistency of the whole of God’s inspired revelation.’
Dr Jonathan Bayes, Pastor, Stanton Lees Chapel, Derbyshire
About the Author
Ian S McNaughton studied theology at the Free Church of Scotland College, Edinburgh, and gained his Master of Theology degree in Historic Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, USA. He was ordained in 1977 and has
served as a pastor in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) since then. He is now retired and lives in Merseyside. He and his wife, Violet, have one adult son. His other books include Opening Up Colossians and Philemon (2006), Opening Up 2 Thessalonians (2008), Opening Up Job (2014) and Engaging with Islam: An
Evangelical Doctrinal Perspective (2019).
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