How to Live Within God — 1 John 2:20-29

Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father
(1 John 2:24).

In 1 John 2:20, John taught that believers in Jesus Christ, the Son, have been anointed by the Holy One—God is One. The New Testament teaches that the Holy One is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—three Persons. The Holy One anoints with the Holy Spirit all who believe in Jesus Christ. Then, the Holy Spirit begins living within each believer. In this way, believers in Jesus Christ become the temple of the living God. With the help of the Holy Spirit, believers abide (or remain) in the Son and the Father, like someone living in a house, but spiritually. Just as someone can enjoy dwelling in their living room, believers in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, can spiritually enjoy living and remaining within the Son and the Father—their spiritual home. If you ask how God and believers can do this, John has answered that it begins with truths a believer has learned and believed about Jesus. In the beginning, John’s readers believed the message about Jesus, the Son of God, coming in a real physical human body to live, teach, die, and rise again as the Christ (the promised Hebrew Messiah). Then, John emphasized that to continue abiding (or living) in the Son and the Father, a believer must continue believing the truths they first learned about God as they are now recorded in the Bible. With the help of the indwelling Holy Spirit, through prayer and Bible study a believer will continue to abide within God and God within them.

Thinking Further

1. What kind of person do you think John meant when he wrote, “all of you have knowledge”?

2. How did John describe the liar and the antichrist?

3. How might you explain, “No one who denies the Son has the Father,” to someone who thinks all religions worship the same God?

4. How can you make certain that what you heard from the beginning abides in you?

5. What can happen to you if what you heard from the beginning no longer abides in you?


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Commentary and Lesson on the Gospel of John
by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.

Or Begin A Study of the Letters of John

Is This Like Our World Today?

I am thankful today that after about two weeks my family has survived the worldwide pandemic (so far). If it were not for truths I have learned from the Bible and have believed, these past several days would have been more difficult.

In my Bible reading today, I found a verse that seems to describe what I am seeing today in America, and I would suppose the teaching in this verse is seen in other countries too. John would have said it describes life “in this world.” I thought I would share it with you for your consideration: Proverbs 29:27 – “The unjust are an abomination to the righteous, but the upright are an abomination to the wicked.” At least it seems to me that when we look at many leaders or people of influence today, or when we look at those who govern and the governed, it is easier to distinguish the righteous from the wicked. It is worth thinking about. Feel free to share your thoughts or Bible verses that seem to speak directly of our world today, and how you might describe what life “in this world” is like today. Here is a “Bonus Verse” for your thoughts: Proverbs 29:2 – “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

The International Bible Study Commentary and Lesson will return this Sunday, and much of what you will need to prepare for teaching 1 John 4:7-12 is available at https://www.ouosu.com/IBLC/.

In the Lion and the Lamb,
L.G.

The Love of the World — 1 John 2:15-19

Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world (1 John 2:15-16).

John did not write that people should not appreciate and care for the beautiful world that God has made; rather, no one should love God’s creation more than they love the Creator. But the world has not remained exactly as God created it, so what God originally made does not point perfectly to the character and wisdom of God. Therefore, Jesus came and taught the truth about God and the world and how to live in the world. In the Bible, “the world” or “this world” can also mean a civilization, culture, fellowship, society, or philosophy that promotes rebellion against God and God’s commandments. So, a “worldly person” follows their feelings or thoughts to gratify themselves supremely instead of loving God supremely and others as the Bible teaches. By doing so, they misuse and damage themselves and others. A “worldly person” can easily become deceived by what they see or hear that someone else has  designed to manipulate them, take advantage of them, and lead them further away from God. A “worldly person” can love money so much that they become arrogant and search for “legal” ways to steal from others and further enrich themselves. John warned the followers of Jesus Christ that they can also be tempted to become “worldly persons,” so they must remember that the world is passing away, “but those who do the will of God live forever” (1 John 2:17).

Thinking Further

1. How would you define or explain “world” as John uses the word?

2. How would you describe someone who loves the world?

3. How would you describe someone who has the love of the Father within them?

4. What did John say comes from the world and not from the Father?

5. Who does John say will live forever? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Study the International Bible Study
Commentary and Lesson on the Gospel of John

by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.

Or Begin A Study of the Letters of John

1 John 4:1-6 & 1 John 4:11-5:5 International Sunday School Lesson Archives – Uniform Lesson Series

On August 21, 2021, those using the Uniform Lesson Series will study 1 John 4:2-3 and 4:13-17 and 5:4-5.

From the Bible Study Archives (links listed below) you will find commentary on the verses you need, Bible lessons, and activities, such as Crossword Puzzles, True and False Tests, and Word Search Puzzles.

You may want to consider starting a Sunday evening, mid-week, or home Bible study group and study the completed Gospel of John lessons and/or begin the Letters of John study that is in progress. You can begin a study at any time.

1 John 4:1-6 & John 4:11-5:5

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Commentary and Lesson
by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.

Begin A Study of the Letters of John

Overcoming the Evil One — 1 John 2:14

I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one (1 John 2:14).

John addressed his readers as “beloved;” those he loved as Jesus Christ loved them and him. He wrote to those of all ages and levels of spiritual maturity who followed Jesus, and he commended each believer for their spiritual growth. For example, a new believer may not know much more than the fact that their heavenly Father loves them and has granted them the assurance that their sins have been forgiven and they have received the gift of eternal life. Spiritual children grow into spiritual young people, and John placed his emphasis on them. Knowing that their heavenly Father will protect them, the new follower of Jesus Christ can look forward to becoming spiritually strong through the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells them. The new follower of Jesus Christ can look forward to learning more about Jesus Christ, the Word of God, as they obey the commandments and teachings of Jesus Christ that the apostles preached and published for people to study. No evil one can take a believer’s relationship with the Father and the Son from them, and as they follow Jesus and His teachings, they will overcome the evil one. The evil one can be anyone who tempts a believer to sin, but particularly the devil who knows about our human weaknesses, who will exploit them, and who will try to lead people astray; however, by trusting in Jesus, anyone can spiritually overcome the evil one. — L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.

Thinking Further

1. What do you think the commandments were that John referred to?

2. If a believer in Jesus says, “I am in the light,” what do you think he means?

3. What can keep a believer in Jesus from stumbling?

4. What can cause stumbling?

5. What did John say about young people who were believers in Jesus?

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Commentary and Lesson
by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.

Begin A Study of the Letters of John

International Bible Lesson — Romans 5:1-11

The Uniform Lesson Series from the Romans 5:1-11 Archives (2016) — The Way to Peace with God

English Standard Version

Romans 5:1-11 ESV Easy-Print Commentary

Romans 5:1-11 ESV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

English Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Romans 5:1-11

King James Version

Romans 5:1-11 KJV Commentary

Romans 5:1-11 KJV Large Print Commentary

King James Version and Student Study Handout for Romans 5:1-11

New American Standard Bible

Romans 5:1-11 NASB Commentary

Romans 5:1-11 NASB Large Print Commentary

New American Standard Bible and Student Study Handout for Romans 5:1-11

New International Version

Romans 5:1-11 NIV Commentary

Romans 5:1-11 NIV Large Print Commentary

New International Version and Student Study Handout for Romans 5:1-11

New Revised Standard Version

Romans 5:1-11 NRSV Commentary

Romans 5:1-11 NRSV Large Print Commentary

New Revised Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Romans 5:1-11

Audio Edition with New International Version

Audio Edition Romans 5:1-11 Commentary

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for Romans 5:1-11

Teacher Study Hints for Romans 5:1-11 Large Print

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

Romans 5:1-11

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

Romans 5:1-11

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle

Romans 5:1-11

International Bible Lesson

“For if, while we were God’s enemies,
we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son,
how much more, having been reconciled,
shall we be saved through his life!”

(Romans 5:10).

Jesus Justifies and Reconciles God’s Enemies

Jesus Justifies and Reconciles God’s Enemies (Large Print)

Jesus Justifies and Reconciles God’s Enemies (Bulletin Size)

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Commentary and Lesson
by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.

Begin A Study of the Letters of John

God’s Love Offers Hope — Jonah 3 — May 30, 2021

English Standard Version

Jonah 3:1-10 ESV Easy-Print Commentary

Jonah 3:1-10 ESV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

English Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Jonah 3:1-10

King James Version

Jonah 3:1-10 KJV Easy-Print Commentary

Jonah 3:1-10 KJV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

King James Version and Student Study Handout for Jonah 3:1-10

New American Standard Bible

Jonah 3:1-10 NASB Easy-Print Commentary

Jonah 3:1-10 NASB Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

New American Standard Bible and Student Study Handout for Jonah 3:1-10

New International Version

Jonah 3:1-10 NIV Easy-Print Commentary

Jonah 3:1-10 NIV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

New International Version and Student Study Handout for Jonah 3:1-10

New Revised Standard Version

Jonah 3:1-10 NRSV Easy-Print Commentary

Jonah 3:1-10 NRSV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

New Revised Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Jonah 3:1-10

Audio Edition NIV Commentary

Audio Edition Jonah 3:1-10

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for Jonah 3:1-10

Teacher Study Hints for Jonah 3:1-10 Large Print

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

Jonah 3:1-10

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

Jonah 3:1-10

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle

Jonah 3:1-10

International Bible Lesson

“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways,
he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened”

(Jonah 3:10).

Warnings of Destruction Offer Hope

Warnings of Destruction Offer Hope (Large Print)

Warnings of Destruction Offer Hope (Bulletin Size)

Application — Five Takeaways from the Bible Lesson

Jonah 3:1-10

Jonah 3:1-10 (Large Print)

Praying Through the International Bible Lesson

Praying Through Jonah 3:1-10

Praying Through Jonah 3:1-10 (Large Print)

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Commentary and Lesson
by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.

Preaching to Exiles in Babylon — Ezekiel 18

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32

English Standard Version

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 ESV Commentary

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 ESV Large Print Commentary

English Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32

King James Version

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 KJV Commentary

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 KJV Large Print Commentary

King James Version and Student Study Handout for Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32

New American Standard Bible

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 NASB Commentary

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 NASB Large Print Commentary

New American Standard Bible and Student Study Handout for Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32

New International Version

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 NIV Commentary

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 NIV Large Print Commentary

New International Version and Student Study Handout for Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32

New Revised Standard Version

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 NRSV Commentary

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 NRSV Large Print Commentary

New Revised Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32

Audio Edition with New International Version

Audio Edition Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 NIV Commentary

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32

Teacher Study Hints for Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32 Large Print

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-323

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle

Ezekiel 18:1-13, 31-32
An Educational Take Home Review and Handout using Key Bible Lesson Words.

International Bible Lesson

“Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed,
and get a new heart and a new spirit.
Why will you die, people of Israel?”

(Ezekiel 18:31—NIV).

Why Will You Die?

Why Will You Die? (Large Print)

Why Will You Die? (Bulletin Size)

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Commentary and Lesson
by L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.

Love Lasts Forever — John 15:4-17 for November 8, 2020

The International Uniform Lesson Series Commentary and Activities
From the International Bible Study Commentary and Lesson Archives
on John 15:1-17
Links to ALL November Lessons are below

King James Version

John 15:1-17 KJV Easy-Print Commentary

John 15:1-17 KJV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

King James Version Student Study Handout for John 15:1-17

New American Standard Bible

John 15:1-17 NASB Easy-Print Commentary

John 15:1-17 NASB Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

New American Standard Bible Student Study Handout for John 15:1-17

New International Version

John 15:1-17 NIV Easy-Print Commentary

John 15:1-17 NIV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

New International Version Student Study Handout for John 15:1-17

New Revised Standard Version

John 15:1-17 NRSV Easy-Print Commentary

John 15:1-17 NRSV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

New Revised Standard Version Student Study Handout for John 15:1-17

Audio Edition John 15:1-17 Commentary and Lesson

Audio Edition John 15:1-17 Commentary and Lesson

Student Handouts for This or Next Week’s Lesson

Verse-by-Verse KJV Handout for John 15:1-17

Verse-by-Verse NASB Handout for John 15:1-17

Verse-by-Verse NIV Handout for John 15:1-17

Verse-by-Verse NRSV Handout for John 15:1-17

Can Be Used At the Beginning of Class or Handed out for Next Week’s Lesson

INTERNATIONAL BIBLE LESSON

You did not choose me,
but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit
—fruit that will last—
and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you

John 15:16).

God’s Many Gifts to His Children

God’s Many Gifts to His Children – Large Print

God’s Many Gifts to His Children – Bulletin Size

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Study Hints for Thinking Further on John 15:1-17

Study Hints for Thinking Further on John 15:1-17 (Large Print)

Application for John 15:1-17

Application — Five Takeaways for John 15:1-17

Application — Five Takeaways for John 15:1-17 (Large Print)

Easy-Print Bible Activities for Student Lesson Review

Crossword Puzzle for John 15:1-17

True and False Test for John 15:1-17

Word Search Puzzle for John 15:1-17

Praying Through John 15:1-17

Praying Through John 15:1-17

Praying Through John 15:1-17 (Large Print)

International Bible Lesson Commentary
1 John 3:11-24 Archive

for November 15, 2020

International Bible Lesson Commentary
Acts 4:32-5:11 Archive

for November 22, 2020
(Scroll to Acts 4:32-5:11 )

International Bible Lesson Commentary
James 2:1-13 Archive

for November 29, 2020
(Scroll to James 2:1-13)

Love Never Fails — 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 for October 25, 2020

The International Uniform Lesson Series
Commentary and Activities

From the International Bible Study Commentary and Lesson Archives on 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 from 2015.

English Standard Version

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV Commentary

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV Large Print Commentary

ESV Study Guide for 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

King James Version

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 KJV Commentary

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 KJV Large Print Commentary

KJV Study Guide for 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

New American Standard Bible

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NASB Commentary

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NASB Large Print Commentary

NASB Study Guide for 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

New International Version

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NIV Commentary

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NIV Large Print Commentary

NIV Study Guide for 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

New Revised Standard Version

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NRSV Commentary

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NRSV Large Print Commentary

NRSV Study Guide for 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Audio Edition

1 Corinthians 13 Audio Commentary& Bible Lesson

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for 1 Corinthians 13

Teacher Study Hints for 1 Corinthians 13 Large Print

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle

1 Corinthians 13

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

1 Corinthians 13

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

1 Corinthians 13

International Bible Lesson

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child,
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;
when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways”
(1 Corinthians 13:11—NRSV).

The Holy Spirit Brings Spiritual Maturity

The Holy Spirit Brings Spiritual Maturity
(Large Print)

The Holy Spirit Brings Spiritual Maturity
(Bulletin Size or Bible Insert Size )

The next set of Archives that I will have available for you are the Archives for John 15:4-17, for November 8, 2020. My Archives will include John 15:1-17 from 2017. I do not have Archives for November 1, 2020 on John 13:1–15, 34–35.