Bible Quiz: 1 John (NIV)

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Who is the author of the book of 1 John?


What is the main theme of the book of 1 John?

Love and fellowship

What is the key verse in 1 John regarding God's nature?

1 John 1:5

What happens when we confess our sins according to 1 John 1:9?

God will forgive us and purify us

What is the famous phrase repeated in 1 John about loving one another?

Love one another

What are believers warned not to love according to 1 John 2:15?

The world and its desires

What helps believers overcome the world?


What is emphasized about obeying God in 1 John 5:3?

It shows love for God

What will believers be like when Christ appears according to 1 John 3:2?

They will be like Christ

What does 1 John 2:1 say about sin?

We should not sin

What is the commandment given in 1 John 3:23?

To love one another

What does 1 John 4:8 say about God's nature?

God is love

What is the confidence believers have in approaching God according to 1 John 5:14?

God hears us if we ask according to his will

What does 1 John 2:5 describe those who obey God's word?

They are complete in love for God

What does 1 John 3:20 reassure believers about?

God's knowledge and understanding

What is the nature of those born of God according to 1 John 3:9?

They cannot sin

What does 1 John 1:7 say about walking in the light?

It brings fellowship with God

What do believers possess in Jesus Christ according to 1 John 5:11-12?

Eternal life

What is the ultimate goal of believers according to 1 John?

Eternal life

How should believers live according to 1 John 2:6?

Living as Jesus did

What is encouraged in believers according to 1 John 3:18?

Loving with actions and truth

What assurance is given in 1 John 5:13?

Assurance of eternal life

Who is greater than the world according to 1 John 4:4?

God within believers

What drives out fear according to 1 John 4:18?

Perfect love

What aspect of God's nature is emphasized in 1 John?

God's knowledge and understanding

What is the characteristic of those who are born of God?

They are unable to sin

What is the result of walking in the light according to 1 John 1:7?

It brings fellowship with God

What is the nature of God's love according to 1 John 4:9?

It is perfect and unconditional

What is the consequence of keeping God's commands according to 1 John 3:24?

It brings fellowship with God

How does perfect love relate to fear according to 1 John 4:18?

It drives out fear

Study Notes

Author and Theme

  • The author of 1 John is John.
  • The central theme of 1 John is love and fellowship.

God's Nature

  • 1 John 1:5 reveals that God is light, and in Him, there is no darkness at all.
  • God is love (1 John 4:8).

Sin and Forgiveness

  • 1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • 1 John 2:1 reminds believers not to sin, but if anyone does sin, Jesus Christ, the righteous One, is the atoning sacrifice.

Love for One Another

  • The famous phrase repeated in 1 John is "Love one another" (1 John 3:11, 3:23, 4:7, and 4:11).
  • Sacrificing for others is the ultimate expression of love (1 John 3:16).
  • Brotherly love is emphasized in 1 John 4:11, where believers are encouraged to love one another as God loves them.

World and Its Desires

  • 1 John 2:15 warns believers not to love the world or anything in the world, as the world and its desires are passing away.
  • The world is temporary (1 John 2:17).

Faith and Overcoming

  • Faith helps believers overcome the world (1 John 5:4).
  • 1 John 5:5 asks the rhetorical question, "Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God."

Obedience to God

  • 1 John 2:3-5 emphasizes the importance of obeying God's commands, which demonstrates love for God.
  • 1 John 3:24 says that believers who keep God's commands live in Him, and He in them.

Eternal Life and Assurance

  • 1 John 5:11-12 assures believers that they possess eternal life in Jesus Christ.
  • 1 John 5:13 gives confidence that believers have eternal life, and that they can know it.

God's Knowledge and Understanding

  • 1 John 3:20 reassures believers that God is greater than their hearts, and He knows everything.

Fear and Love

  • 1 John 4:18 says that perfect love drives out fear, as fear has to do with punishment.
  • Fear and love are mutually exclusive, as those who fear have not been made perfect in love.

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