1 Jn 1.1-4; Introduction; John dives straight into a description of Jesus. They testify to him, the eternal life, in order that they may have fellowship together with the Father and the Son.
1 Jn 1.5-10; Teaching; People who walk in darkness do not have fellowship with him. If people walk in the light they have fellowship with one another and Jesus blood has cleansed them. People who claim to have no sin do not have the truth in them. If we confess our sins he will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 Jn 2.1-6; Teaching; John is writing this so they may not sin. If they do sin Jesus the righteous is their propitiation and also for the whole world. John shares the evidence they can look at to see if they and others know Jesus Christ.
1 Jn 2.7-14; Teaching; Johns commandment to love one another is one of the original commandments. Whoever hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light. John is writing to children, fathers and young men.
1 Jn 2.15-17; Instruction; He warns them not to love the world. The world includes things like sexual immorality, coveting and pride. The world is passing away, but people who do the will of God abide forever.
1 Jn 2.18-27; Warning; Many antichrists have come. The liar denies that Jesus is the Christ. He denies the Father and the Son. They are to continue in what they heard from the beginning. That Jesus is the Christ and all who believe in him have eternal life. If they have been anointed (Holy Spirit), they have no need of anyone to teach them. Because the anointing will teach them, especially to abide in Him.
1 Jn 2.28-3.10; Teaching-Instruction; Everyone who practices righteousness is righteous and has been born of Him. Everyone that makes a practice of sinning practices lawlessness and has neither seen him or known him. John tells his listeners they are the children of God. When Jesus appears they shall be like him. Everyone who hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Jesus appeared to take away sins.
1 Jn 3.11-24; Instruction; John reminds them again the original message is they should love one another. They know they have passed from death into life because they love the brothers. If anyone walks by a brother in need and does nothing God’s love does not abide in Him. They receive what they ask for because they keep God commands and please Him. His commandment is that we believe in Jesus name and love one another.
1 Jn 4.1-6; Instruction; They should test the various teachings of people to see if they are from God. Every spirit that confesses Jesus Christ came in the flesh is from God. The Spirit in them is greater than the world. Whoever knows God listens to them. This is how they can tell the Spirit of truth from the spirit of error.
1 Jn 4.7-21; Instruction; Love one another because love is from God and whoever loves is born of God. God made his love manifest by sending his only Son into the world so we might live through him. God loved us first and sent his Son to be our propitiation. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. God’s people have God love perfected in them and have confidence for the day of judgment.
1 Jn 5.1-5; Teaching; Those who believe Jesus is the Christ have been born of God. We know we love because we love and obey. God’s commands are not burdensome. The one who overcomes is the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.
1 Jn 5.6-12; Teaching-Assurance; The Spirit testifies that Jesus came by water and blood. The testimony of God concerning his Son is greater than any other. Whoever believes has this testimony in him. The testimony is that God gave us eternal life.
1 Jn 5.13-21; Assurance-Instruction; John writes these things for their assurance. God hears all believers requests. Believers should pray for their brothers who sin. Some sins do not lead to death. Everyone born of God does not keep on sinning. The whole world lies in the power of the evil one. The Son of God has given understanding so they may know him. They should stay away from idols.