Pastor Steve Thomas
1 John 2:28 – 3:3
- Read 1 John 2:28-3:3. How would you explain John’s flow of thought?
- What is the believer’s confidence when Christ appears? Does this have more to do with us or with Christ? Why would this be important to know?
- Read and reflect upon Genesis 2:25 and 3:1-24. What does shame look like? How do Adam and Eve deal with shame? How does God deal with their shame? How does the Genesis narrative help you understand Christ in 1 John 2:28-29?
- How does the fact of John’s writing verses 3:1-2 display knowing what God’s love feels like? Have you known God’s love this way? Give thanks to God for His love.
- What is our hope as children of God? Is this sure or shaky? Why?
- Compare 1 John 2:28-3:3 and 1 Peter 1:3-25. How do they complement each other?
Spiritual Exercise: John writes that God’s love is “given” (1 John 3:1) to Christians in a unique way making us “children of God”. This new birth is a singular event, but experiencing God’s “Father love” happens throughout our life as we receive this gift-love. Read Luke 15:11-32. Replace the younger brother with yourself… where or what do you need to leave in order to come back and experience anew God’s amazing love as your Father? Return to your father. Purify yourself. Rejoice in His love.