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First Epistle of John – Outline

Rhetorical outline of the First Epistle of John

The PDF version of First Epistle of John – Outline highlights the epistle’s literary-rhetorical features / reassurances:

  • Prologue , 1.1-4
    “. . . so that you too may have fellowship with us . . . that our joy may be made complete.”
  • The message introduced, 1.5–2.27
    “the one who says . . .”
    • Introduction, 1.5
      “God is light. . .”
    • Argument, 1.6–2.25
      “if we walk in the darkness . . . if we walk in the light. . .”
      • Test 1: Sin, 1.6-10
        “if we say . . . if we say . . . if we say . . .”
      • Reassurance, 2.1-2
        “if anyone sins . . .”
      • Test 2: Obedience, 2.3-6
        “the one who says . . . the one who says . . .”
      • Reassurance, 2.7-8
        “a new commandment . . . which is true in Him and in you . . .”
      • Test 3: Love, 2.9-11
        “the one who says . . .”
      • Reassurance, 2.12-14
        “your sins have been forgiven you . . .”
      • [A warning, 2.15-17
        “Do not love the world . . .”]
      • Test 4: Truth, 2.18-25
        • Statement, 2.18-20
          “many antichrists have appeared . . . they went out from us . . .”
        • Reassurance, 2.21
          “you know the truth . . .”
        • Test, 2.22-23
          “the one who denies . . . whoever denies . . .”
        • Reassurance, 2.24-25
          “you have eternal life . . .”
    • Conclusion, 2.26-27
      “His anointing teaches you all things . . .”
  • The message explained, 2.28–4.6
    “everyone who . . .”
    • Introduction, 2.28-29
      “He is righteous . . .”
    • Argument, 3.1–4.6
      “the children of God . . . children of the devil . . .”
    • Reassurance, 3.1-3
      “we are the children of God . . .”
      • Tension 1: Righteousness, 3.4-10
        • Explanation, 3.4-8
          “everyone who . . . no one who . . . no one who . . . the one who . . . the one who . . .”
        • Reassurance, 3.9
          “No one who is born of God practices sin . . .”
        • Conclusion, 3.10
          “the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious . . .”
      • Tension 2: Love, 3.11-24
        • Explanation, 3.11-18
          “everyone who . . .”
        • Reassurance, 3.19-22
          “we are of the truth . . .”
        • Conclusion, 3.23-24
          “love one another, just as He commanded us.”
      • Tension 3: Truth, 4.1-6
        • Explanation, 4.1-3
          “every spirit . . . every spirit . . .” Reassurance, 4.4
          “you are from God, little children, and have overcome them . . .”
        • Conclusion, 4.5-6
          “he who knows God listens to us . . .”
  • The message summarized, 4.7–5.12
    “everyone who . . .”
    • Introduction, 4.7-8
      “God is love.”
    • Argument, 4.9–5.12
      “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world . . .”
      • Tenet 1: Love, 4.9-21
        • Statement, 4.9-14
          “He loved us and sent us His Son . . .”
        • Reassurance, 4.15-18
          “we may have confidence in the Day of Judgment . . .”
        • Conclusion, 4.19-21
          “the one who loves God should love his brother also.”
      • Tenet 2: Truth, 5.1-12
        • Statement, 5.1-4
          “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God . . .”
        • Reassurance, 5.5-10
          “the one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself . . .”
        • Conclusion, 5.11-12
          “He who has the Son has the life . . .”
  • Concluding remarks, 5.13-21
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PDF ver. 2014-03-01
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PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU
2011-09-15: Typo
2009-10-05: New release

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