1John Intro

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    The book of 1John is all about how to identify those born of God. Though there are those who propose IJohn is about the relative degrees of fellowship which Christians have with God, the letter generally doesn't speak in relative terms but in absolute terms. For example he says,
    "This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother."1John 3:10
    "We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him."1John 3:14,15
    These kind of verses show the basic message of 1John, namely:
    1. Its about identifying children of God and distinguishing them from the children of the devil.
    2. As evidence of such, it's about the correlation between a person's behavior and their salvation status.
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