Archive for March 11th, 2011

1 John 1

1 John 1 is a very powerful letter from John.  He begins by reminding us that he and the others have real experience with Jesus and knowing what he is writing about.  They had “heard….seen with our eyes…. looked upon….touched with our hands….seen it…. testify to it….proclaim to you….made manifest to us”.  John and the other disciples had first hand experience with Jesus.  They lived it – and knew Him intimately.  He spent years of His life pouring Himself into these guys and they know Him well.  For what end?  So John could tell us “that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ”.  And why did they want to proclaim it?  That our “joy may be complete”.  We are able to have joy because of the Word of God and His Son Jesus. 

Here is the truth we need to garner from John’s writing in chapter one.  “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all”.  He is the only true source of life.  He alone is all light.  He drives all darkness out.  John goes on now to give us five “if” statements that give us much insight into the impact of how we need to live.  Check these out and pay close attention.  They deal with darkness, light, sin, confession, forgiveness, and truth.  Look closely at what John teaches us here:

–       “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth

–       if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin

–       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us

–       If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

–       If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us

Five key statements of truth that tell us how to live.

So what does John tell us?  We need to realize that we cannot be in fellowship with God if we are walking in darkness.  Light and darkness cannot coexist.  Where God is there can be no darkness.  If we walk in the light we are hitting God’s mark – and we have fellowship with each other and the blood of Christ sets us free from sin.  This is the spot we need to be.  This is where we need to live.  Failing to admit we have sin in our life is deception.  It shows that we are full of untruth.  If we confess our sin – God will forgive us – that is why Jesus went to the cross.  He will cleanse us and make us righteous.  If we deny sin in our lives – we are a liar and God cannot live in us.  Take a very good look at what John tells us here.  If is a big word.  If we do it His way – great things happen in life.  Are you living God’s way?  Or yours?

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