The human author, John, was likely to be a pastor or evangelist who built churches in the Mediterranean world. John the apostle, son of Zebedee, one of the twelve was extremely passionate for Christ and was writing a letter to a church who needed to hear God’s truth. Though we are not sure which church it was specifically, we can be confident that this letter was to teach the believers about Jesus, God’s commandments, and love. Fortunately, this letter can also be applied to our own daily lives.
1 John 5:13-21 fits within the larger flow of the whole book of First John by reinforcing themes sounded throughout the previous chapters. It is interesting to note that the word groups surrounding the Greek “to know” (oida and ginosko) make their strongest appearance in this passage than ...
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...s attacking me and, unfortunately, it is difficult for me to lean and trust on the strength and protection of God. This passage assured me that I do have power in Christ, I can have confidence in His Word, and I am able to fully trust and lean on God’s strength when my own strength is lacking (emphasis added).
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