6: Beloved Children of God (1) (1Jn 2:28-3:10)
The author has drawn a clear
distinction between the false believers and true believers. He also assures the
true believers of their knowledge of the true gospel and the promise of eternal
life. In this and the following sections, he calls the believers “children of
God” and emphasizes again the theme of living a life that imitates Christ.
“Whoever has been born of God
does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has
been born of God” (3:9).
to this passage, what characterize the children of God?
1a. What is the tone of 3:1?
1b. What is the author asking his readers
1c. What significance does the
declaration that we are the beloved children of God have on subsequent
2a. How does the world not know God?
2b. What does it mean that “the world
does not know us”? In your daily life, do you experience this feeling of being
a stranger to the world?
3a. Explain the teaching in verse 2 about our future likeness.
4. What is the connection between verses 2 and 3?
5. How can we purify ourselves?
6. Record your observations about the following
6a. A definition of sin
6b. Source of sin
6c. Power over sin
6d. An example of sin
7. Isn’t verse 7 contradictory to justification by faith alone?
(See Rom 3:20-28)
8. How does Christ destroy the works of the devil?
9. What does this passage say about the children of the devil?
10. Does verse 9 teach that believers never commit sin in their
11. What is the seed that is in the believer?
1. How does the coming of Christ inspire you in your walk of