In this epistle, Apostle John is bringing out:
- Why our confidence can be placed in Christ,
- How He manifests Himself through His GTS,
- How separation is necessary from darkness to light,
- And that our stages of growth are through our overcoming.
Keep in mind the following definitions:
SIN (singular) = System
SINS (plural) = Fruits
Therefore sin is the system that inspires the fruit (sins). We take on the substance (fruit) of the system we join ourselves to.
Also note that Apostle John is writing this epistle to those whom he was already stewarding. You can think of this as the Dean of Medicine at a hospital writing to all of the licensed staff members who have all received certain levels of medical training and have all proven themselves through their application with that knowledge in the field. The letter would not re-teach their intro to medicine classes but would draw upon that foundation knowledge which they all share and speak from within the framework of that common understanding. This is what we see in all of the letters of the apostles contained within the scriptures.
For an introduction to the covenant language, please use this link: http://s8wministries.org/lesson.php?id=97&lesson=the-abcs-of-the-covenant
For more information about the spiritual priesthood of Christ to which we've all been called, please use this link: http://s8wministries.org/course.php?id=11&mid=40