February 25, 1990
First John is a book that both preachers and readers sometimes set aside as complicated or difficult to understand. Nonetheless, it remains part of the Scripture that God has given for our benefit. Alistair Begg emphasizes that in the theological ambiguity of our age, this book speaks with clarity and certainty. The instruction of 1 John protects the church from the danger of false teachers and motivates believers to joy, holiness, and assurance.
1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4And we are writing these things so that our1 joy may be complete.
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