V. Outline

V. Outline

1 John

    1. Preface (1:1-4)
    2. God Is Light—Fellowship as Walking in the Light (1:5-2:28)
      1. False Teachings
      2. The Truth of the Gospel
      3. The Ongoing Provision of the Atonement (2:1-2)
      4. Knowledge of God Evidenced by Keeping His Commandments (2:3-11)
      5. Exhortation to Various Groups of Believers (2:12-14)
      6. Exhortation to Avoid Worldliness (2:15-17)
      7. Warning Against Antichrists (2:18-27)
      8. Summary (2:28)
    3. God Is Righteous—Fellowship as Doing Righteousness (2:29-4:6)
      1. Likeness to God to be Perfected at the Second Coming (3:1-3)
      2. Righteousness the Antithesis of Sin (3:4-6)
      3. Children of God Contrasted with Children of the Devil (3:7-10)
      4. Righteousness Manifested in Love of the Brothers (3:11-24)
      5. Exhortation to Test the Spirits (4:1-6)
    4. God Is Love—Fellowship as Acting in Love (4:7-21)
      1. God as the Source of Love
      2. Living the Life of Love
      3. Love Can Be Perfect
    5. Summation—Life in the Son (5:1-21)
      1. Results of Life in the Son (5:1-5)
      2. Witnesses to the Son (5:6-12)
        1. The water and the blood
        2. The Spirit
        3. The Spirit, the water, and the blood
      3. Concluding Notes (5:13-21)
        1. Confidence in prayer (5:13-15)
        2. Responsibility to the fallen brother (5:16-17)
        3. Security in the Son (5:18-20)
        4. The final word (5:21)

2 John

    1. Destination (vv. 1-2)
    2. Greeting (v. 3)
    3. Occasion for the Letter (v. 4)
    4. A Warning (vv. 5-11)
    5. Conclusion (vv. 12-13)

3 John

    1. Salutation (vv. 1-4)
    2. The Issue of the Letter (vv. 5-8)
    3. The Troublemaker (vv. 9-11)
    4. Good Demetrius (v. 12)
    5. Conclusion (vv. 13-14)