My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1John 2:1-2
Assurance is ultimately not found in ourselves or our ability to be obedient to God’s commands—it is found solely in Christ and his obedience. "This is not to say there’s no fruit in the life of the believer, but our final assurance lies outside of us – in an empty tomb.” (Byron Yawn, Rethinking John’s First Epistle & His Assurance Quiz). This summer, we will be walking verse-by-verse through this powerful pastoral letter from John, Jesus’ beloved disciple.