Lesson 3 – 1 John 2:12-19 (KJV)

Overcoming Sin, Loving God, and the Good Ground

12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.

13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

Important Doctrines Being Taught:

#1 The new birth into the Christian faith produces spiritual infants. All the saints are in varying stages of faith, understanding, and sanctification in Christ.

#2 Those that love the world, and the things of the world, do not abide in Christ and do not have eternal life.

#3 The sign of the last/end times is the presence of a multitude of false teachers.

#4 Those that separate themselves from fellowship with the saints reveal themselves to have never been saints at all.

Comprehension Questions:

#1 Why had the “little children’s“ sins been forgiven?

#2 What three types of people was John writing to?

#3 Why was John writing to the Fathers? (Fathers were Jewish Christians familiar with the faith.)

#4 Why was John writing to the young men? (New converts that were maturing in faith and obedience to God)

#5 What did Joh tell the Christians not to love?

#6 What three things were of the world?

#7 Who will abide forever?

#8 How do we know it is the last times?

#9 Why did some people separate themselves from other Christians?

True or False Questions:

#1 All Christians are the same, no one knows more than anyone else.

#2 Christians are to love the same things as other people in the world?

#3 There is only one anti-Christ, and that is Satan.

#4 It is okay not to like other Christians.

#5 The true Christian loves God, and that means they only God.