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THE FIRST EPISTLE
OF
JOHN

OUTLINE

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  1. The fellowship of the divine life -- 1:1--2:11
    1. The manifestation of the divine life -- 1:1-2
    2. The divine fellowship -- 1:3-4
    3. The condition of the divine fellowship -- 1:5--2:11
      1. Confessing our sins -- 1:5--2:2
      2. Loving God and the brothers -- 2:3-11
  2. The teaching of the divine anointing -- 2:12-27
    1. Concerning the Divine Trinity according to the growth in life -- vv.12-19
    2. For the abiding in the Triune God -- vv.20-27
  3. The virtues of the divine birth -- 2:28--5:21
    1. To practice the divine righteousness -- 2:28--3:10a
    2. To practice the divine love -- 3:10b--5:3
      1. By the divine life (as the divine seed) and the divine Spirit -- 3:10b-24
      2. By the proving of the spirits -- 4:1-6
      3. By God (as the supreme love) and the bountiful Spirit -- 4:7--5:3
    3. To overcome the world, death, sin, the devil, and idols -- 5:4-21
      1. By the eternal life in the Son -- vv.4-13
      2. By the life-giving petition -- vv.14-17
      3. By the true God as the eternal life -- vv.18-21

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