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IF . . . THEN . . .
1:6 we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness we lie and do not practice the truth
1:7 we walk in the light, as he is in the light we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin
1:8 we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us
1:9 we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
1:10 we say we have not sinned we make him a liar, and his word is not in us
2:1 anyone does sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous
2:3 we keep his commandments by this we know that we have come to know him
2:15 anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in him
2:19 they had been of us they would have continued with us
2:24 what you heard from the beginning abides in you you too will abide in the Son and in the Father
2:29 you know that he is righteous you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
3:17 anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him how does God’s love abide in him?
3:21 our heart does not condemn us we have confidence before God
4:11 God so loved us we also ought to love one another
4:12 if we love one another God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
4:20 anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother he is a liar
5:9 If we receive the testimony of men the testimony of God is greater
5:14 if we ask anything according to his will he hears us
5:15 if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
5:16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death he shall ask, and God will give him life

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13 thoughts on ““If . . Then” in 1 John”

  1. Excellent. Thanks for posting this — it was such a good reminder.

  2. Bruce Russell says:

    We grow more confident in our possession of Eternal Life only by diligently pursuing it.

  3. What a good God and a good savior! 1 John 1:9 just punched me in the gut. Great post!

  4. As a Geometry teacher and a Pastor… I’m loving this!

  5. Sangster says:

    Thanks so much for posting this, it will be helpful as i do the sermon series on 1 John in our church in India, Bangalore

  6. Steve says:

    It’s funny, but I just taught on the “If…then” section that Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15 this past Sunday. Those apostles were a logical bunch.

  7. Kris says:

    I understand that in Greek there are a few different words that are translated “if” in English, but mean different things. I will probably say this poorly, but here is what I think one of our pastors explained. Some of the meanings of “if” are: (1) a positive form: the writer is virtually confident of what he says; (2) a negative form: the premise is assumed to be contrary to fact; and (3) not sure: “if” indicates future uncertainty. It would be interesting to know which words are used in each of the statements above.

  8. This is nice. I’ve read this chapter before, but I have never looked at it from this perspective. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Andrew says:

    Wow. I was just thinking about doing that myself. Thanks!

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