John’s Letters Bible Study Resources

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Study questions, maps, charts, key words, history, background, outlines, and links to help you study John’s first epistle.

Bible Study: 1 John: Discerning the True Gospel


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Basics

  • Author: Apostle John, the son of Zebedee
  • Date: c. 85-95 AD
  • Audience: Believers in general
  • Purpose: Correction of false teaching
  • Who was John?

Genre: Understanding Epistles

Background & Outlines

Early Church Heresies

Map of NT Churches

Chronology of Paul

Blue Letter Bible: Chronology of Acts/Epistles

1John

Ray C. Stedman: Overview of the Book

John MacArthur: 1 John

Blue Letter Bible: Outline of 1John

NIV: 1 John Introduction

ESV: Introduction to 1-3John

ESV: The Global Message of 1-3John

James Van Dine: Intro to 1 John

First John – Charles Swindoll

1 John: Introduction, Argument, and Outline – Daniel Wallace

Key to 1 John – William Orr

1 John Introduction and Outline – J Vernon McGee 

John Epistles Introduction –  Wil Pounds

David Malick (Bible.org): Introduction To The Book Of 1 John

David Malick: Introduction To The Book Of 1 John

2John

Blue Letter Bible: Outline of 2John

2 John: The Vital Balance – Ray Stedman

2 John: Introduction – John MacArthur

NIV: 2 John Introduction 

ESV: Introduction to 1-3John

ESV: The Global Message of 1-3John

James van Dine: Intro to 2John

2 John: Introduction, Argument, and Outline – Daniel Wallace

Key to 2 John – William Orr

Second John – Charles Swindoll

2 John Introduction and Outline – J Vernon McGee

Synthetic Bible Study – 2 and 3 John – James Gray

John Epistles Introduction – Wil Pounds

David Malick (Bible.org): Introduction To The Book Of 2 John

David Malick: Argument For The Book Of 2 John

3John

Blue Letter Bible: Outline of 3John

3 John: A Tale of Three Men – Ray Stedman

3 John: Introduction – John MacArthur

NIV:3 John Introduction

ESV: Introduction to 1-3John

ESV: The Global Message of 1-3John

James van Dine: Intro to 3John

3 John: Introduction, Argument, and Outline – Daniel Wallace

Key to III John – William Orr

The Epistles of John – Myer Pearlman (1935)

Third John – Charles Swindoll

3 John Introduction and Oultine – J Vernon McGee

Synthetic Bible Study – 2 and 3 John – James Gray (1906)

John Epistles Introduction – Wil Pounds

David Malick (Bible.org): Introduction To The Book Of 3 John

David Malick: Argument For The Book Of 3 John

Section 2: Maps

Maps from Bible-History.com

New Testament World

Israel in New Testament Times

Herod the Great’s Kingdom

Herod’s Kingdom Divided

New Testament Jerusalem

Apostles’ Journeys

Section 3: Key Words

Key Words

Occurrences are based on New American Standard Text.  “4x/3v” means the word appears 4 times in 3 verses. “3x” means the word appears 3 times in 3 verses.

1John

know (36x/29v) – Strong’s G1097 in 1Jn 2:3; 1Jn 2:4; 1Jn 2:5; 1Jn 2:13; 1Jn 2:14; 1Jn 2:18; 1Jn 3:1; 1Jn 3:16; 1Jn 3:19; 1Jn 3:24; 1Jn 4:2; 1Jn 4:6; 1Jn 4:8; 1Jn 4:13; 1Jn 4:16; 1Jn 5:2; Strong’s G3609a in 1Jn 2:11; 1Jn 2:20; 1Jn 2:21; 1Jn 2:29; 1Jn 3:2; 1Jn 3:5; 1Jn 3:14; 1Jn 3:15; 1Jn 5:13; 1Jn 5:15; 1Jn 5:18; 1Jn 5:19; 1Jn 5:20.

love (36x/24v) / loved (4x/3v) – Strong’s G26 in 1Jn 2:5; 1Jn 3:1; 1Jn 3:16; 1Jn 3:17; 1Jn 4:7; 1Jn 4:8; 1Jn 4:9; 1Jn 4:10; 1Jn 4:11; 1Jn 4:12; 1Jn 4:16; 1Jn 4:17; 1Jn 4:18; 1Jn 4:19; 1Jn 5:3; Strong’s G25 in 1Jn 2:15; 1Jn 3:10; 1Jn 3:11; 1Jn 3:14; 1Jn 3:18; 1Jn 3:23; 1Jn 4:7; 1Jn 4:8; 1Jn 4:11; 1Jn 4:12; 1Jn 4:19; 1Jn 4:20; 1Jn 4:21; 1Jn 5:2.

abides – (15x/12v) – Strong’s G3306 in 1Jn 2:6; 1Jn 2:10; 1Jn 2:14; 1Jn 2:24; 1Jn 2:27; 1Jn 3:6; 1Jn 3:9; 1Jn 3:14; 1Jn 3:24; 1Jn 4:12; 1Jn 4:15; 1Jn 4:16; abide (6x/5v) – Strong’s G3306 in 1Jn 2:24; 1Jn 2:27; 1Jn 2:28; 1Jn 3:17; 1Jn 4:13.

fellowship (4x/3v) – Strong’s G2842 in 1Jn 1:3; 1Jn 1:6; 1Jn 1:7.

sin (14x/9v) – Strong’s G266 in 1Jn 1:7; 1Jn 1:8; 1Jn 3:4; 1Jn 3:5; 1Jn 3:8; 1Jn 3:9; 1Jn 5:16; 1Jn 5:17. Strong’s G264 in 1Jn 2:1; 1Jn 3:9.

born (9x/6v) [of God/Him] – Strong’s G1080 in 1Jn 2:29; 1Jn 3:9; 1Jn 4:7; 1Jn 5:1; 1Jn 5:4; 1Jn 5:18.

truth (9x/8v) – Strong’s G225 in 1Jn 1:6; 1Jn 1:8; 1Jn 2:4; 1Jn 2:21; 1Jn 3:18; 1Jn 3:19; 1Jn 4:6; 1Jn 5:6.

true (6x/3v) – Strong’s G227 in 1Jn 2:8; 1Jn 2:27; 1Jn 5:20.

light (6x/5v) – Strong’s G5457 in 1Jn 1:5; 1Jn 1:7; 1Jn 2:8; 1Jn 2:9; 1Jn 2:10.

2John

abides (2x) – Strong’s G 3306 in 2Jn 1:2; 2Jn 1:9; abide (1x) – Strong’s G3306 in 2Jn1:9

truth (4x) – Strong’s G225 in 2Jn 1:1; 2Jn 1:2; 2Jn 1:3; 2Jn 1:4.

love (4x) – Strong’s G25 in 2Jn 1:1; 2Jn 1:3; 2Jn 1:5; 2Jn 1:6.

commandment(s) (3x/4v) – Strong’s G1785 in 2Jn 1:4; 2Jn 1:5; 2Jn 1:6.

teaching (3x/2v) – Strong’s G13222 in 2Jn 1:9; 2Jn 1:10.

walk (2x/1v) – Strong’s G4043 in 2Jn1:6.

3John

truth (5x) – Strong’s G225 in 3Jn 1:1; 3Jn 1:3; 3Jn 1:4; 3Jn 1:8; 3Jn 1:12.

good (4x/3v) – Strong’s G5198 in 3Jn 1:2; Strong’s G15 in 3Jn 1:11; Strong’s G15 in 3Jn 1:11; (implied in 3Jn 1:12)

Section 5: Commentaries

Commentary Recommendations

1John

Top 5 Commentaries on the Epistles of John – Ligonier,org

Tim Challies Best Commentaries: John’s Letters

Commentary Reviews: John’s letters

Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible: 1 John

Albert Barnes Notes on the Whole Bible: 1 John

Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible: 1 John

Alfords Exegetical Commentary -1John

Geneva Study Bible: 1 John

Reformation Study Bible Notes- 1 John

Precept Austin Commentaries & Sermons: 1John

2John

Albert Barnes Notes on the Whole Bible: 2 John

Alfords Exegetical Commentary -2John

Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible: 2 John

Geneva Study Bible: 2 John

Reformation Study Bible Notes- 2 John

Precept Austin Commentaries & Sermons: 2John

3John

Albert Barnes Notes on the Whole Bible: 3 John

Alfords Exegetical Commentary -3John

Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible: 3 John

Geneva Study Bible: 3 John

Reformation Study Bible Notes- 3 John

Precept Austin Commentaries & Sermons: 3John

Section 4: Encyclopedias

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Letters

Baker Evangelical Dictionary: John, Theology of

Bridgeway Bible Dictionary: John, letters of

Easton’s Bible Dictionary:  John, 1st Epistle of;  John, 2nd Epistle of; John, 3rd Epistle of

Fausset Bible Dictionary John, the Epistles of

Holman Bible Dictionary John, the Letters of

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible John, Theology of; John, the Epistles of

McClintock and Strong: John, 1st of; John, 2nd and 3d Epistles Of. 

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: John, the Epistles of

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Johannine, Theology of; John, the Epistles of

Morrish Bible Dictionary John, 1st Epistle of; John, 2nd Epistle of;  John, 3rd Epistle of;

Smith Bible Dictionary John, 1st Epistle; John, 2nd and 3d Epistles of

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia John, the Epistles of

The Nuttall Encyclopedia John, Epistles of

Author

Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology: John, Theology Of

American Tract Society: John

Bridgeway Bible Dictionary: John the Apostle

Easton’s Bible Dictionary:

Fausset Bible Dictionary: John the Apostle

Holman Bible Dictionary: John

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: John, the Apostle

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: John the Evangelist

Morrish Bible Dictionary: John the Apostle

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia:John the Apostle

McClintock and Strong: John, the Apostle

The Nuttall Encyclopedia: John

John means “the grace or mercy of the Lord” – Hitchcock’s Bible Names

Gnosticism & Early Heresies

Holman Bible Dictionary: Gnosticism

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Gnosticism he Bible

McClintock and Strong: Gnosticism

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Gnosticism

Early Church Heresies

What is Docetism? – Zondervan Academic

Early Church Heresies from ChurchHistory101

Diotrephes

American Tract Society Diotrephes

Easton’s Bible Dictionary Diotrephes

Fausset Bible Dictionary Diotrephes

Holman Bible Dictionary Diotrephes

Hitchcock Bible Names Diotrephes

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible Diotrephes

Hastings’ Dictionary of the NT Diotrephes

Morrish Bible Dictionary Diotrephes

People’s Dictionary of the Bible Diotrephes

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Diotrephes

Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia Diotrephes

McClintock and Strong Diotrephes

Section 6: Articles

Articles

Johnny V. Miller – Book Review of the unusual interpretations of 1 John in Zane Hodges’ book The Gospel Under Siege

The Meaning of Walking “in the Darkness” (1 John 1:6) — By Charles P. Baylis

Getting Up to Speed An Essential Introduction to 1 John — By Barry Clyde Joslin

What Is the Message of 1 John — By Gary W. Derickson

Persevering in Christ and Tests of Eternal Life — By A. B. Caneday

Sin and Perfection in 1 John — By Colin G. Kruse

The Holy Spirit In 1 John — By Donald W. Mills

‘Little Children, Keep Yourselves From Idols’ (1 John 5:21) – Terry Griffith

Should We Pray for Straying Brethren? John’s Confidence in 1 John 5:16-17 – Randall K J Tan

Third Class Conditions in First John – David L Washburn

The Sin Unto Death – Problem Texts – F F Bruce

What Shall We Call Each Other?… – Paul Trebilco

The Overcomer of the Apocalypse – James E Rosscup

Section 7: Got Questions

GotQuestions.org

1John

Book of 1 John 

What are some of the signs of genuine saving faith?

What does it mean that God is light?

Do we need to confess our sins to those we have sinned against?

Why do we need to confess our sins if they have already been forgiven?

Do Christians have to keep asking for forgiveness for their sins?

What does it mean to abide in Christ?

What does it mean that we are not to love the world?

 What is the pride of life?

Is a backsliding Christian still saved?

Are we all God’s children, or only Christians?

What is the definition of sin?

 What does it mean that believers do not continue to sin?

What is the key to victory when struggling with sin?

Why can’t I stop sinning? Please help!

How can I overcome a habitual sin?

What does it mean to be dead to sin?

What does it mean to test the spirits?

What is agape love?

Why is obedience to God important?

What does the Bible say about being an overcomer?

What is the Comma Johanneum?

How can I have assurance of my salvation?

Does God hear / answer the prayers of a sinner / unbeliever?

What is the sin unto death?

What is free grace? What is Free Grace Theology?

What is the relationship of faith, works, and security in salvation?

Why is faith without works dead?

What is lordship salvation?

2John

Survey of 2 John

Who is the elect lady in 2 John?

Should we allow false teachers into our home?

What does it mean that God is love?

What is the definition of a cult?

What is the best way to evangelize someone who is in a cult or false religion?

What is the definition of heresy?

3John

Survey of 3 John

Who was Gaius in the Bible?

Who was Diotrephes in the Bible?

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