1 John 1: 1-4
Intro…..We find some similarities in the letters of John to the letters of Peter. Both are writing the same main message. Both were close disciples and apostles of Jesus Christ (knowing Him as Yeshua). One thing we learn in Peter’s letters is that he wants everyone to know with certainty that the Word of God is always true, right, effective, and prophetic. John begins his first letter the same way….with the Word of God fulfilled in Jesus.
In verses 1-2, John begins his letter telling everyone that Jesus (Yeshua) is the true Christ (Anointed One) and the flesh manifestation of God’s Word of prophecy and promise! This is the same way John begins his gospel of John. He and others saw, heard, and touched Him as He walked the earth. Like Peter, John gives eyewitness testimony. They even saw, heard, and touched Jesus after His resurection….which demonstrates His eternal life! Our hope for eternal life in God is through belonging to Jesus!
Verse 2 gives us additional important information…..Jesus existed with the Father as His only begotten Son….before the creation of the world! Paul also speaks of this in Ephesians 1: 4-5. This is an amazing revelation of the love and purposes of God! The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (the complete Godhead) determined and planned for loving relationships with a family of people….before creating anything. They are omniscient (seeing all, over all time) and realized what they would suffer long to have this family; yet, they determined to proceed and accomplish this work…for the purpose of love. We have worth because God gives us worth. He has spoken His plans in His Word and He fulfills His Word. The Father sent and gave His Son, the Son gave His life and blood, the Holy Spirit is long-suffering in His ministry to God’s beloved “children”. How can we say thanks for everything they have done for us?
Verses 3-4. John, Peter, and Paul tell people about Jesus being God’s Son who came to restore fallen people to Himself and teh Father…so that all people have an opportunity to partake in becoming an adopted “child” of God…that they may also also fellowship with them. They bring this message in the joy of seeing more people brought into relationshp with God through Jesus Christ, and thus completing joy in the new Christian and their new celebration of salvation in Jesus!
Jesus Christ, Yeshua, the Messiah…the Word manifested in human flesh as prophesied and promised!
1 John 1: 5-10
Here is a great message on the necessity of repentance before righteous holy God. God is Light, absolutely no darkness is in Him. Therefore, if we say we are His people in fellowship with Him, we also should be walking and living in His Light. If we are not practicing and living in His Truth and His LIght, then we are living in darkness. There are people who claim to be Christians, but continue to practice and live in wordly darkness and ways! They think that due to God’s grace, they are no longer sinners. They do not want to hear about repentance. They are speaking falsely and not living in truth. Some are intentional false prophets and teachers, while others are deceived.
If people are sitll habitually living in worldly darkness, how can they say they are in fellowship with God, who is all Light and no darkness? Do not delude yourself or let others deceive you, admit your sins, and confess them to God in repentance…as a lifestyle. The blood of Jesus can cleanse s from sin and guilt, bringing forgiveness. (Think about it…..just because you showered once to become clean, does not mean you never shower again!)
He will help you overcome sin in your life! We are His workmanship created in and through Christ Jesus. God is faithful. Through repentance, we can walk in continual fellowship with Him. We are to be humble and respectful of Him to conform to His will in purpose, thought, and action…repenting when under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and then learning and practicing a life of righteousness (right being, thinking, right character, right doing). The Bible calls this the process of sanctification….being set apart from the dark world to live in His holy Light. This lifestyle of salvation relationship is the marvelous good news of Jesus Christ, Savior and Lord. That God’s Word so frequently says, “In Him”.
The verses from 1 John 1 that I apply most frequently, so as to have memorized them, are verses 7 and 9….”If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.” And, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Along with this is Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
I know that I am imprefect and do sin (miss the mark of righteousness). But, my desire is to stay in relationship and fellowship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. My desire is to walk after the Spirit and overcome the desires of the flesh. I strive to live in the Light and turn away from darkness and its ways. The Holy Spirit is my Counselor and Teacher. When He convicts me of sin and teaches me righteousness (right thinking, character, and doing), then I listen and repent. Repent means to feel remorse and turn in the opposite direction. So, I confess my transgressions and receive the payment for my sin given through the blood of Jesus. I have the attitude to change from my wrong way to His right way, to learn and then practice thinking and doing right. I grow in and by His grace and love.
I no longer must live under guilt or condemnation. My Father corrects and disciplines me because He loves me….and I am His workmanship in progress. I am so thankful! Because of my close and daily fellwoship with Jesus, I live in His salvation from eveil every day! His salvation is not a one time event. He is faithful to continually cleanse and keep me. I must live in the truth that I am dependent on Him. I know that what He plans for me is best. I am thankful and happy to be humble before Him and learn from Him. I love, respect, and honor my Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit….This is my new life in Christ!