1 John 5:1-12 Discussion Guide

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:1-12 ESV)

John is going to take some time to reiterate the message of the letter in this closing chapter to make sure that the church that he loves so dearly absolutely understands the message and there will be no mistake about what John’s intentions are for action.

Discussion Questions.

  • What do you see in this passage that you have already seen in 1 John?
  • Who testifies about Jesus, and why might that be important?
  • Obedience is mentioned a handful of times in this passage. Why do we sometimes shy away from our responsibility to obey Jesus?
  • How could anyone say that the commands of Jesus are not burdensome? (c.f. Matt 11:28-30)
  • How is God inviting you to respond to a text like this?