DIG Gals Bible Study: 1 John, Chapter 2

The DIG (Deep in God) Bible Study is designed to help you get more out of the Word of God than a casual reading would produce. We are studying based on the Inductive Bible Study Method.

This is the second of five studies covering the book of First John.  Here is chapter 1, if you missed it.

I’m so excited to be here, studying the Word with you! It is my most favourite thing to do! Before we get started though, I would like to share my “light bulb” moment I had last week. My quote from the chapter 1 study is

The message that John wants his readers to know is that God is light and in Him is no darkness. Can you imagine that?

 Light, full, brilliantly bright light. A light that dispels everything less than it. Dispels darkness with a tiny flicker.

and after our study I was pondering what I wrote, well, what the Holy Spirit led me to write is more truthful. Anyway, if the light of God is so brilliantly lit, then in Psalm 139:11-12, the night shines as brilliantly bright as God is. He dispels darkness. No wonder He can see us! He is Light, the night is light to Him. His brilliant white light shines on us no matter where we are, day or night. Oh. Wow! This truly was a light bulb moment as to the “why” the night is as the day to Him.

But you knew that already, right? Was I the last to know this? Too funny.

Okay, let’s get serious now…or rather, let’s continue on! You may want your Bible, sticky notes or notebook to jot down a few notes.

{pause to read all of chapter 2 and begin with prayer}

Chapter 2

We’re going to divide this chapter into two main sections:

  • Purpose for Writing
  • What We Know

If you haven’t already printed off the 1 John Worksheet found in the Resource Library, you may want to use your notebook to make a two-column chart. Title the columns with the headings shown above.

As you read through this chapter, write in bullet form on your chart what you learn about the reasons for writing and what we know. Don’t forget to include the “address”, that is the chapter and verse. Hang on to this chart as you will need it over the next few weeks as we continue our study of 1 John.


Purpose for Writing

This chapter has the bulk of John’s purpose for writing. There are two other reasons with one in chapter 1 that we mentioned last week and the last reason in chapter 5.

[the numbers shown are the addresses]

  • 2.1   that we do not sin but if we do sin, we have an advocate with the Father
  • 2.12   our sins are forgiven for His name’s sake
  • 2.13  fathers –> you have known Him from the beginning
  • 2.13   young men –> you have overcome the wicked one
  • 2.13   little children –> you have known the Father
  • 2.14  fathers –> you have known Him from the beginning
  • 2.14  young men –> you are strong and the Word of God abides in you and you have overcome the wicked one
  • 2.21  because you know the truth and that no lie is of the truth
  • 2.26 concerning those who seduce you (deception)

This is quite a list of reasons for writing! So, what does this tell us? First of all, I am thankful that there is an advocate with the Father when I sin. Not if, but when. Can we take a moment to give thanks to God for our redemption? Take a moment to review the list to see how it relates to you.

As we analyze John’s purpose for writing, we learn that

  • we have redemption for our sins, that they are forgiven by our Father
  • we know Him
  • we can overcome the wicked one
  • we are strong
  • that the Word of God lives in us
  • we know the truth
  • that lies are not from the Truth but from the enemy
  • there will be those who will attempt to seduce us, to lure us away from the Truth

Did I miss anything?

If John was alive today and he was passing through your town, your church, what would he write to your church about? Anything? or everything?


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Walk as He Walked

Did you get a chance to read chapter 2 yet? Was there anything that caused to you wonder the fullness of it, what it means to you? For me, I paused on verse 6.

He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:6 KJV

My question was, just how did Jesus walk? Literally, where did He go? What did He do? Who did He walk with? Who were His friends? His enemies? How did He respond to strangers? To friends? To enemies? How did He handle himself in conflicts and tough situations? These are questions that you ask when studying inductively, to learn from the answers. If you have read the Gospels, you will recall some of these answers. What can we learn from them?

Off the top of your head, what are a few that you came up with?

  • He walked everywhere
  • He spent most of His time with His disciples, teaching them
  • He was compassionate to strangers
  • His compassion showed in His kindness
  • His compassion showed when He healed people
  • His compassion showed when He forgave them of their sins
  • His compassion showed when He rose people from the dead
  • His compassion showed when He taught lessons, ie, Mary and Martha, the washing of His feet, the stoning that never happened and let’s not forget the Beatitudes!
  • He handled tough situations and conflict with the Word of God
  • He prayed constantly

There are many more examples. What can you add?

Jesus is our role model of how we ought to ‘walk the talk.’ How are you measuring up? Are you like me in that I have a long way to go? I’m strong but could be stronger yet! You too?


What We Know

Again, if you are using the 1 John Worksheet, you can add the “we know” verses in the appropriate section. In your notebook, add these to the chart that you made. As we write this list, let’s personalize it to help us in our realization of what it is we know.

  • 2.3  I know I know Him IF I keep His commands
  • 2.5  I know I am in Him BECAUSE I keep His word
  • 2.21  I know the truth BECAUSE no lie is of the truth
  • 2.29  I know that everyone THAT DOES righteousness is born of God

The rest of the “we know” verses will be discovered next week in Chapter 3.

We say “I know that I know”, meaning deep down inside, we know. I believe that this is how we are to know these truths.

  • “I know that I know” that IF I keep His commands, I know Him.
  • “I know that I know” that BECAUSE I keep His word, I am in Him.
  • “I know that I know” that I know the truth.
  • “I know that I know” that I am born of God BECAUSE I have been made righteous with God.


There is so much more to study, “love not the world”, and “the last days + the Antichrist” but unfortunately we have run out of time! Can you believe that?! Where has the time gone? Good news though, you can continue to read from verse 15 through to the end of the chapter and take note of anything that strikes you. Keep your notes handy for our study that starts on June 20th. We’ll be studying this very book!

Print out the 1 John worksheet and carry on with marking the keywords.

In the Resource Library are PDF files for learning the Inductive Study Method. You will find Kari Dent’s sample keyword list (to see how to use symbols and markings), a Master Keyword List for yourself, the Overview of 1 John along with the worksheet for 1 John.



Do you have any questions, either about today’s study or the online DIG Gals group? I’d be more than happy to answer them. Leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!


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