Appendix: The opponents in 1 John

Posted: Wed. Feb, 28 2018

Summary of the opponents in 1 John

 

 

Verse

Say

Do

ARE

1:6

“We have fellowship with God”

Walk in the darkness

Liars who do not practice the truth

1:8

“We have no sin”

Deceive themselves

No truth in them (the devil is their father)

1:10

“We have not sinned”

Make God a liar

God’s word is not in them

 

Verse

Say

Do

ARE

2:4

“I have come to know Him (God)”

Does not keep His commandments

A liar

The truth is not in him

2:9

“I am in the Light”

Hates his brother

Is in the darkness until now (unbeliever)

Blind spiritually

2:19

 

Went out from us (the apostles).

They were not of us (true apostles). They are false apostles.

2:22

Denies Jesus is the Christ (Messiah)

 

Liar, antichrist.

2:22

Denies the Father and the Son

 

Antichrist.

2:23

Denies the Son (the deity of Christ)

 

Does not have the Father.   They have no fellowship with God and does not have  eternal life.

2:26

 

Trying to deceive the brethren

Deceiver.

 

 

Verse(s)

Say

Do

ARE

1:6, 3:10

“We have fellowship with God”

Does not practice righteousness.

Does not love his brother.

 

Not of God.

Children of the devil.

1:8, 1:10, 3:4, 3:6, 3:8

“We have no sin”

“We have not sinned”

Practices sin and lawlessness = denying Jesus and hating the brethren.

Has not seen or known God.

Of the devil.

 

3:6-7

Trying to deceive the brethren by saying they have seen God, know God, and abide in God

Practice sin.

Of the devil.

Have not seen or known God.

3:11-12

 

Like Cain, they hate their brother and do evil deeds (false worship)

Of the evil one.

3:13-15

 

They do not love;  they hate their brother.

They are murderers.

They do not have eternal  life abiding in them.

 

Verse(s)

Say

Do

ARE

4:1

 

Have gone out into the world.

False prophets

4:2-3; 2 John 7

They do not confess that Jesus has come in the flesh (His humanity).

 

They are deceivers.  They are not from God. They are false prophets. The have the spirit of antichrist.  They do not have the Spirit of God.

4:5

They speak as from the world.

 

They are from the world.

The world listens to them.

4:6; 1:1-4

 

They do not listen to John and his fellow apostles.

They are not from God.

They have the spirit of error.

They do not have the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Truth).

 

Verse(s)

Say

Do

ARE

5:5-8

They do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God.  They do not believe that Jesus came by blood. This means they deny that Jesus died on the cross. 

 

 

5:9-12

They do not believe the testimony of God concerning His Son.

They do not believe that God has given us eternal life or that eternal life is in His Son.

They made God a liar.

They are unbelievers.

They do NOT have the Son of God.

Therefore they do NOT have eternal life.

 

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