This appears simple enough, but its structure is a bit confusing. Sherman and Tuggy state it this way: “We should obey what he commands (GENERIC APPEAL), and since it is good to love God in the manner in which he loves us (basis) we ought to behave just as Christ behaved (SPECIFIC APPEAL).” (Semantic Structural Analysis, 34)
John’s test in 2:3–6 is the test of obedience to God’s commandments. Notice the word “know” occurs four times in the Greek text.
In verse 5, John employs another one of his favorite terms: “love.” He turns from the negative expression of verse 4 to the positive of verse 5.
I. Obey God’s Commandments as a Test for Genuine Salvation – (vv. 3–4).
A. Obedience Illustrates Mature Love for God – so we ought to behave like Christ.