1 John 5:13-21 Discussion Guide

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death. We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John 5:13-21 ESV)

In our final passage in 1 John. John writes to us wanting us to be assured of the eternal life which we've been given and is secured in Jesus. Simultaneously he warns his listeners not to sin in a way which leads to death. Specifically that they wouldn't believe in a false Jesus. Rather that they would believe in Jesus the one we've touched, lived with, dwelt with, watched crucified, embraced once he rose and then watched as he ascended to the right hand of the father.

His close seems rather abrupt and poignant. From grandpa John these are his last words of the letter... "Little children keep yourself from idols."

Discussion Questions:

  • Looking back in 1 John and in this passage here. Where else have you seen John want to assure his listeners of their eternal life?
  • Why would John spend so much time in such a short letter assuring his listeners/you of eternal life?
  • How do we make sense of vss 16/17 sin leading to death.. (look at vs 12/21 and 1 John 2:1)
  • Why do you still today need to be warned to keep yourself form idols?
  • How is God calling you to respond to this passage this week?