He is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist and most recently Providence. The “shepherd of the sheep” in this illustration is Jesus Christ (John 10:11) and any other person is a robber or thief (John 10:7-8). John Piper @JohnPiper . But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 1 John 2:1-6 New International Version (NIV). He is the door and the shepherd (John 10:7, 11); Jesus is the way to eternal life and He is the One who keeps us. The interpretation of the parable is given to us by Jesus Himself in John 10:7-16. Verse 1 once again unites what this author has repeatedly refused to separate: belief in Jesus and love for one’s brothers and sisters in the church (loving “the child” at the end of verse 1 is a reference to any other believer, not to Jesus). 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.. Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers. 1 John 2:1-6. 1 John 5:18-21 1 John 4:1-6 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. The Gospel readings for the Third Sunday of Advent in Years A, B, and C focus on the person of John. Meaning of John 10:1-6 — The Interpretation. John 1:1 is the first verse in the opening chapter of the Gospel of John.In the Douay–Rheims, King James, Revised Standard, New International, and other versions of the Bible, the verse reads: . For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1 "My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin: but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and 2 he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. Elsewhere in 1 John, the sign of being born from … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 John 5:1-6" When we trusted Jesus as Saviour we became children of God, entering into eternal union with Christ, a relationship that can never be broken. This year, the focus is on John’s role as the primary witness to Jesus, the Messiah. John 11:1–6, Part 3 March 15, 2016. 1 John 1:6(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. Close. 3 And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments. Only those who through the Spirit of God have been born-again into this beautiful, eternal union with the Lord Jesus, can enjoy sweet fellowship with our heavenly Father. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. The Gospel of Luke gives us greater insight into the relationship of John and Jesus, but we will … Continue reading "Commentary on John 1:6-8, 19-28"