Last Sunday we looked at two “tests” which John presents as useful in determining whether someone is truly a follower of Christ. They are found in 1 John 2:3-11. We also talked about the fact that John will use three “tests”. The next few verses after verse 11, however, take a side trip before getting to the third test (the test of belief in Jesus Christ).
This coming Sunday we will look at John’s encouragement to his Christian readers and his warning about the world. Talking about the test of obedience and the test of love in last week’s class can possibly be discouraging to those of us who recognize our failings on a daily basis (“whoever say he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked…whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness”).
It makes some sense, then, that John may want to digress for a minute and assure his brothers and sisters in Christ of their standing with God. So we will see “I am writing to you” six times in 2:12-14 (your version may have “I am writing to you” the first three and “I write to you” for the last three). They all indicate to his Christian readers that he is confident of their Christian faith.
There are three groups of people mentioned. What do you think the groupings indicate? We will talk about that on Sunday, so read and study!
Finally, some thoughts on the relationship between humility and certainty. Really good stuff.