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8: Truth and Love (1Jn 4:1-21)
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8: True and Love (1Jn 4:1-21)

The Basics


After John sets forth love as a requirement of God’s children, he discusses the dichotomy between truth and lie by showing how to discern the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Then, continuing with the theme of loving one another, he goes on to emphasize the divine origin of love as a basis for our love for one another.

Key Verse

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (4:4).

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (4:7).









Key Words/Phrases

Segment Analysis


1a.       According to this paragraph, what are the two tests that help us discern the spirits?

1b.       How are the two tests related?

1c.       How do these tests apply to the situation of the world today?

2.         The passage implies that the spirit of error works through his agents. Who are the agents of the false spirit and in whom does the false spirit work?

3.         Why is the belief that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh a crucial doctrine?

4a.       Who is “them” in verse 4?

4b.       How have the true believers overcome them?

4c.       Explain “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”


5.         Record the teachings in this passage about

5a.       God’s love for us

5b.       Our love for God

5c.       Our love for one another

5d.       What God is

5e.       Our relationship with God

6.         How is the teaching of love an expansion of verses 5 and 6?

7.         How does love enable us to know God (7,8)?

8.         What is the significance of the statement “no one has seen God”?

9a.       According to 12-16, what are the manifestations of our abiding in God and His abiding in us?

9b.       What does it mean to abide in God?

10.       Why is it necessary that Jesus Christ be the Son of God in order to be Savior of the world?

11a.     What is a perfected love? (12,17,18)

11b.     What does it mean to be “made perfect in love” (18)?

12.       Why does perfect love cast out fear?

13.       Why does loving God require loving our brothers (21)?

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