1 John 2:15-17

I’m doing an “Adult Sunday School” class this week (I new experience for me!) on 1 John 2:15-17. Here are a diagram and some notes:



We generally tend to argue in the order: indicative > imperative. That is, it’s normal that we give out some grounded reasons and then draw and imperativial conclusion based on those reasons. Here, however, John reverses that order. He gives his imperative first, and then backs it up with material.

v15: present imperative: Do not love the world.

vv16-17 provide two reasons:

  1. different sources (v16) – the things of the world have a source that is other than God. Worldly things are “not from the Father” but “from the world”.
  2. different courses (v17) – Xians and worldly things are on different courses – they’re heading in different directions to different destinations. Worldly things are heading for “passing away”; whereas Christians “abide forever”.

One thought on “1 John 2:15-17

  1. Smalley (p83) argues that 16c-d are subordinate to 16b. That is, that “desires of the eyes and pride in possessions” are examples of “desires of the world”.

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