THE TEST OF SONSHIP IS PRACTICISING RIGHTEOUSNESS (2:28 - 3:23)
A. Theme of Section II.
1. Perseverance in Fellowship Results in the Confidence of Sonship (:28)
a. The sphere of our fellowship must continue to be in Christ
b. The return of Christ will mean either confidence or shame
2. The Character of God Determines The Character of Sonship (:29)
a. The character of God is righteous
b. Those who pursue righteousness have been born of God
3. The Love of God Established the Condition of Sonship (3:1)
a. The wonder of God's love -- "Behold what manner of love"
b. The focus of God's love
1) Directed towards us
2) For the purpose of establishing us as sons
c. The antithesis of God's love = the hatred of the world