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1JOHN CHAPTER 1

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1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life -

 

1Jn 1,1-5

(106h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Means of hearing from God >> Through His Son

1Jn 1,1-4

(150j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word >> Preaching the word to the Church – This testimony is vital to our understanding of Him, for if He never came, and the Scriptures were never based on experience, how could we hang our faith on mere language? As it is, we hang our faith on the confidence in the testimony that holy men of God have given of their personal experiences with Jesus. The word of God was manifested, God Himself in human flesh, and John proclaimed to us this eternal life, who performed so many miracles, there were not enough libraries in the world to hold the things He had said and done. After He healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind the ears of the deaf and raised the dead, He turned to His disciples and said, “I know that His commandment is eternal life” (Jn 12-50). That is something we can believe. We can believe anything a man says who has that kind of power; we can put our total faith and trust in Him.

1Jn 1,1-3

(117j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Acknowledging the presence of God – If everybody were like Helen Keller who was blind and deaf from her nineteenth month, there would have been no one to teach her that the objects she touched were real. She felt vibrations in her throat, and could turn them into words that had meaning to others, and now Jesus’ apostles are testifying to us the word of life that has manifested in their presence. We are like Helen Keller, who has neither seen nor heard directly from the creator of the universe but have the capacity to believe, and we feel in our hearts that there is a God and that He is the ultimate Truth. If we look for Him, even if we grope for Him, we will find Him, and He will share His Truth with us, so we will become one with Him. To have fellowship with John is to have fellowship with the his writings, to believe the testimony that he has given of His Lord and Master, and to believe his testimony is to have fellowship with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.

(132b) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit of Jesus – John called Jesus the word of life; He was also called the word of God in many instances in the New Testament. This life, if it isn’t eternal, isn’t the life of God. Since our flesh is destined to decay, this life does not pertain to it. Instead, we have the Holy Spirit inextricably entwined within our souls so that we have become one spirit with Him (1Cor 6-17). If we have become a new creation through the promise of eternal life, once our flesh has breathed its last, we will continue to live through the eternal Spirit who dwells in us. This is the “word of life;” it is the promise of eternal life. In chemistry there is a thing called colloids, tiny particles interstitially suspended in aqueous solution. These particles are so small they approach the size of the water molecule itself. For this reason they cannot be filtered from the water. If the water molecule can pass through the filter, then so can the colloids. The only way to remove them is by chemically bonding them to other particles and then filtering out the larger molecule. These colloids are like the Holy Spirit; He has been introduced into our spirit, and there is no way anyone can remove Him without our consent.

(148h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Natural advantage of being with Jesus – John said that with their five senses they detected this man; they hardly needed faith while in His presence, except to confirm that what they saw, heard and touched was the Truth. God manifested Himself so the disciples could witness His miracles and be in the presence of God’s word as He spoke them. The apostles needed faith as we do only after he ascended into heaven, but while He was with them, they could behold Him. Their faith was only useful to avoid blaspheming and developing the reprobate mind as Judas did, who denied that his senses were experiencing God in human flesh. Once He ascended into heaven, they depended on their memories of Him in the things He said and did, and that is when their faith began in earnest. That is when they needed to believe as we do, but before that they were allowed to live in the presence of Jesus. It is this presence they experienced that John is testifying to us.

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1Jn 1-1,2

(37d) Judgment >> Judgment of God on His Son >> Jesus’ humanity >> He was a man – Things were different when Jesus was with His disciples in the flesh, because He could look them in the eye and tell them the word of God in person and could tell them what to do and where they went wrong, being with them in body. Man’s preferred realm is the flesh; it is where he lives. He is not adept to the Spirit, but that is not the Spirit’s fault, for man is essentially a spirit too, and should be able to relate to Him, except that he is steeped in the flesh. Man has a tendency to disregard the Holy Spirit, devising defense mechanisms that counteract the ministry of the Holy Spirit in his heart. The Holy Spirit will not overrule the will of man, because God wants obedient children from the heart; He won’t force us to do anything. He wants us to willingly serve Him, and He refuses to force willingness upon us to serve Him; that would make us robots. So the defense mechanisms we build will stand against Him and protect us from the conviction of the Holy Spirit, yet we are the ones to suffer in the exchange. These are the things that differ between the physical presence of Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Jesus spoke to his disciples face to face and was not so easily defeated by defense mechanisms. The Pharisees were riddled with them, having personally installed them in their hearts to oppose God and ward any sense of guilt until their conscience was defeated, yet again they were the ones to suffer in the exchange. When Jesus came and tried to teach them about God, their defense mechanisms were in place to keep the word of God at bay, so they could not learn from Him. All they could know is what their religion told them and what the demons instructed them whom they served.

(112j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Being in the presence of truth – John and the other apostles lived with Jesus for 3½ years and dwelled in the very presence of God’s Truth and Life. Jesus claimed to be the Truth and the Holy Spirit is the life of God, and the two of them intersect with each other at a common source of the Father. The truth of God is as much a spiritual entity as the life of God. The gospels show that the disciples interacting with Jesus throughout His ministry never really understood Him. John may have come closest, but not even he had any idea of Jesus’ true identity. It was impossible for them to wrap their heads around the concept of God in human flesh. Peter proclaimed Him to be Son of the living God (Mat 16-16), yet he could not contemplate the full implications of it. He could say it as a fact, but he couldn’t know it as the truth, until Pentecost and the Holy Spirit enlightened their knowledge of God, and the truth began to glow in their hearts like a fire inside them. Then they began to understand God. So, God’s truth is a spiritual entity, for we cannot know Him without the Holy Spirit. We can quote Scripture; we can teach Bible classes, but we can’t know the truth until the Holy Spirit reveals it to us.

(144c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church Bears Witness of Jesus >> Having fellowship with Him

(244d) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> Eternal life of the trinity >> Jesus is the source of eternal life – We read passages like this in the Bible and say, ‘What a great verse,’ but how will we fully appreciate what it means? The way the Bible refers to the life of God is different from the way we talk about life. We talk about it in temporal terms, while Jesus spoke about life in terms of eternity. The life of God that was manifested in Jesus goes back to the saying that God spoke to Moses in answer to the son’s of Israel regarding who sent him, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3-14). That didn’t go very far with pharaoh, but it sure made an impact on us since the day He spoke it to Moses at the burning bush and Moses wrote it for us to read. “I AM” means, ‘I was; I always will be, and for this reason I AM right now.’ The fact that God is alive right now is the direct result of Him being alive from eternity past, which is incomprehensible to us, because we are created beings and came into existence at some point. God brags about having been alive throughout eternity past and confidently affirms that He will forever remain alive, and we worship Him for this. No other being can make this claim, suggesting that at one point God was alone; there was no one but Him; nothing else existed, but for how long? Forever! Eternity past is incomprehensible to us.

(245n) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Spirit realm superimposed upon the natural realm >> The spiritual manifesting into the natural

(254a) Jesus Is the Life of the Spirit (Key verse)

(254f) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> Jesus is the substance of God’s life >> Jesus is the manifestation of God’s life – John called Jesus the word of life, and in numerous places the Bible calls Him the word of God, which is essentially the same thing. “Life” is the description Jesus gave to the Holy Spirit, according to Jn 7-38, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” For Jesus to be the word of life and the bread of life (Jn 6-35) is to equate Himself with the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the very origin of God’s life. He is the headwaters of the spring of crystal clear water that proceeds from His Father’s throne, yet the water is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. We must understand them as one and the same. John said that this life was manifested, in reference to Jesus being born to the Virgin Mary and fathered by Joseph. He became a man, entered His ministry at the age of thirty, picked His twelve disciples, who had the privilege of hearing Him firsthand and seeing Him with their eyes and touching Him with their hands, the word of life. If Jesus spoke the truth and never lied about God and the Holy Spirit does likewise, and they both point to the Father, then how are they not the same? Jesus is the embodiment of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is the soul of Christ.

1Jn 1-1

(255c) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Jesus is the word of the Spirit >> Jesus is the manifested word of God

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2-4 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us- 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.

 

1Jn 1-2

(253cc) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the external qualities of the Father >> Outward appearance of Jesus Christ

1Jn 1,3-10

(208i) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being the friend of God >> Having fellowship with God – The one whose walk is questionable is most likely to say, ‘I have no sin,’ simply because he doesn’t know the truth. Both James and John don’t talk about our personal relationship with Jesus as Paul did. Paul’s whole thing was retaining fellowship with God based on conscience. In contrast, James and John wrote about retaining fellowship with God based on our walk, that is, how we behave and relate to others in the world and in the faith that can muddy our relationship with God. They stress that our behavior is the only proof we have that the Holy Spirit dwells in us, because the Holy Spirit has the power to deliver us from the bondage and practice of sin. These are the things at the top of God’s list that He is willing to do for us, and both James and John say that if these things are not happening in us, they have reason to doubt that nor are we the children of God.

1Jn 1,3-5

(81c) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> The priesthood >> Ministering to God

1Jn 1-3

(70c) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Being sensitive to the Spirit >> Test the spirits – John did not take every Christian at his word, but tested the spirits to see whether they were from God (1Jn 4-1). He makes a surprising statement. It would have made more sense had he said that our fellowship was with God, but he said that our fellowship is with himself and the other apostles and with all Christians, and then added that his fellowship is with Christ and with the Father. John was claiming to be certified by virtue of his walk with Christ for 3 1/2 years, and by virtue that he was chosen by the Lord as a disciple and as an apostle after His ascension. He officiated as a type of intercessor, not like a Catholic priest who claims to intercede for the sins of the people, but interceded in reference to our relationship with God and our relationship with each other, that is, in regard to the unity of the body of Christ. He was saying that if you pass the test of fellowship with us, this proves you are truly born-again and have bona fide fellowship with Christ and with the Father. This depicts the confidence of John, not from his title as apostle, but from his relationship with God. He knew the truth better than he understood his own life before he met Christ. These are the experiences that we too can have; we can come to understand our lives in Christ better than we ever understood ourselves without Him.

(131m) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Having fellowship with God – He curiously says that our fellowship is with Christ and with the Father, but leaves out the Holy Spirit. Why? John paints the picture of the Holy Spirit being the medium, while Christ and the Father are subjects of his tapestry. That is, we have fellowship with Christ and the Father through the Holy Spirit. The Father and the Son literally experience our relationship with the Holy Spirit in that they are virtually one and the same person, being there is only one God and God is one (Mk 12-32). At the time of this writing John didn’t literally have fellowship with Jesus Christ; He ascended to the father years earlier, and he had never laid eyes on the Father, except through Christ. Hence, to fellowship with the Holy Spirit is to fellowship with Christ and to fellowship with Christ is to fellowship with the Father.

1Jn 1-4

(44h) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Completely full

(87m) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Committed to the word of God

(125e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy is the result of partaking of the Holy Spirit >> Joy of the revelation of Jesus Christ

(216h) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Compelled by the Spirit >> Following God in fear of losing the anointing – John had to write the book of First John for his obedience to be complete. Had he not written, his torture would have been worse than whips across the back. He wrote it for our benefit, but also for his own, that he may remain in harmony with the Holy Spirit. He wrote these things that his joy may be complete. He had to write this epistle to keep the reason for his existence from departing from him. He could not hold it within himself; he had to write; then the Holy Spirit would release him, suggesting the Spirit compelled him. Had he not written, he would have lost something very valuable, his fellowship with God. Had he not written, his joy would have dried up and blown away with a scorching wind.

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5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

 

1Jn 1,5-8

(43b) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the character of Christ >> Conform to His nature – This is the first revelation that John has given us so far, and it is the most important revelation relating to God’s character. Throughout First John he elaborates on this statement, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” God has every intention of rewarding our faith in Him, so what do we stand to lose if we must suffer a little while, only to be rewarded in eternity for believing in Him?

1Jn 1,5-7

(112g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Obeying the truth in broad daylight >> Jesus’ deeds in the light – There is only one light emanating from Jesus, and that light is most accurately defined as truth and the secondary meaning is love. We must know the truth before we can love one another. Therefore, if we walk in light of His flawless character, we have fellowship with one another, referring to unity. We build unity in the Churches by walking in the light of Christ together. Along this enlightened path we have fellowship with one another, and nowhere else. The blood of Jesus cleansing us from all sin is an added benefit to walking in the light, resembling Jesus washing the feet of His disciples; the rest of them was clean, only their feet needed washing from the dusty trail, symbolic of the casual sins we commit throughout the day, even while serving the Lord.

(191c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Extract the leaven of hypocrisy

1Jn 1-5,6

(184c) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Darkness >> Hiding behind your own imagination >> Hiding from the truth – Darkness can be defined obviously as sin, but it can also be understood as unbelief in God’s flawless character, not believing “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.” Not believing this is the root of all other sins. If we come to the conclusion that there is darkness in God, that excuses our own sin, developing the attitude that we are no more evil than God. If we really believed in God’s flawless character, we would try harder to be like Him, indicating that the darkness John implies pertains to our behavior, but originates from our belief system. 

1Jn 1-5

(17d) Sin >> Judging in the flesh >> Accusing God and others of sin – There are a lot of people who accuse God of allowing evil and suffering in the world. Most people don’t admit it, but believe just the same that God is evil for allowing evil. They pose their questions as though they really wanted an answer, but in fact they are mostly being rhetorical. That is, if they learned the truth about God, they would completely dismiss it, because they have already made up their minds that God is at fault, and they won’t hear anything else. What they are really doing is accusing God of sin, essentially saying, ‘If I were God, I wouldn’t allow this,’ so basically they are claiming to be better than God. The truth is if they were God they would have destroyed everyone long ago, and the question would be irrelevant. In fact, some of the evil in the world is their own, so they should be asking, ‘why does God allow me to do evil?’ What if God came down here and tried to stop them from doing evil? How would they like it if God infringed on their will? They would have a temper tantrum! Let’s go back to John’s statement, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” This is something we are obligated to believe, since it suggests that the evil and the suffering in the world is not His, but ours. Therefore, the question should be, ‘why do we allow evil?’ Someone might ask, ‘What about natural disasters?’ So, now God is supposed to come down here and stop all natural disasters from happening, otherwise people will get mad at Him. People are going to get mad at God no matter what He does. Natural disasters cause just as much good as they do “evil” because they give people an opportunity to practice their faith by coming to the aid of those who are suffering, and it gives opportunity to those who are suffering to believe in God’s character, against evidence to the contrary. Hence, an aspect of the truth that John has given us is that volcanoes, hurricanes and earthquakes are not evidence of darkness in God’s character. We live in a flawed universe, one that is no longer “good” as He originally made it (Gen 1). If we don’t believe in God, then it proves the darkness in us and not in Him. 

(41e) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Jesus knew no sin

(105b) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> A pure heart is an unleavened heart

(112c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Jesus’ light overcomes darkness >> The light of His truth

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6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;

 

1Jn 1,6-8

(92b) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> Ray of light leading to the face of Christ – According to John's usage, the most direct interpretation of the word light includes the words truth and love in that order. If we say that we always practice love by our actions, we are “deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us,” but “if we confess the fact that we don’t always love our family members, our fellow Christian and our neighbor, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We continue walking on this path; it is the only place where the light of Christ can shine on us. It is our path of obedience. To the left and to the right is total darkness. The light is actually shining on the path, so that if we walk on the path the light will shine on us, but if we divert from the path, it is equivalent to walking from the light. So, essentially we are walking as it were on a ray of light emanating from the face of Christ. His light shines on us as we walk in His light, simultaneously confessing our sins. Nowhere does John say that confessed sin leads off this ray of light that is straight and narrow, for if we sin we immediately confess our sin and press on without breaking our stride. We abide in Him and our fruit remains by remaining on this trail of good works that God has prepared for us beforehand that we should walk on it (Eph 2-10). The Christian walk is not about being perfect, but about seeking perfection and confessing our failings. God has specifically prepared a trail for each of us, that we should walk on it. For the rest of this epistle John will use his metaphors of light and darkness, and we will continue to use them to depict a single ray of light leading to the face of Christ.

1Jn 1-6

(19d) Sin >> Mocking God Without a cause >> Motivated by the flesh -- This verse goes with verses 8&10. John raises two important questions: what did he mean by walking in darkness and how do we know when we are walking in darkness? Walking in darkness primarily refers to our works. Walking is a verb by definition that refers to our actions in this case steeped in darkness, but there is another darkness by the fact that we claim to have fellowship with God and yet we don’t, thus committing a spiritual lie, which is insidious. That is, we are fellowshipping with something other than God. In other words, when they claim to be Christian but have no works, they have entered a spiritual realm without the Holy Spirit.

(84j) Thy kingdom come >> Your words can lead to your own demise >> Lying -- This verse goes with verse 8

(86g) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word >> Clothe yourself with the word of God >> Practice the truth

(110m) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spiritual substance and truth >> Spiritual substance follows obedience – John is agreeing with James saying that a man who has faith but has no works is lying, suggesting that practicing the truth is tantamount to knowing the truth. Knowing the truth and practicing the truth are one and the same, so that the person who does not practice the truth does not know the truth. John was a real stickler about joining these two things: having fellowship with God and knowing the truth. He was committed to showing us that there is a one-to-one correspondence with the Holy Spirit and the word of God.

(157i) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Having a reprobate mind -- This verse goes with verse 10

(174k) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Lip service

(178i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Hypocrisy of the Church is rebuked >> The Church is rebuked for making false judgments -- This verse goes with verse 8

(182c) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Lying to yourself -- This verse goes with verse 8

(184j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Dragging God’s Grace Through The Mud >> Unwilling to honor God’s grace – There is the darkness of ignorance, and then there is the darkness of sin, and the two of them are one, in that ignorance causes sin as sin causes ignorance, and both are depicted as darkness. For example, people who don’t know God are called sinners, and in this way ignorance causes sin. Likewise, when a nation that has come to know God and becomes as it were a Christian nation, and then slides from its steadfastness until their faith is replaced with ignorance again, we see that sin causes ignorance. John then says that if we are doing the works of darkness, it is impossible to have fellowship with God, because sin causes ignorance, and we don’t have fellowship with God through ignorance, but we have fellowship with God based on the truth.

(196a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Lord, Lord >> Pretending to be a disciple – The person who would fit John’s description hasn’t gotten on first base with God, though he claims to be a disciple of Jesus, claiming to have fellowship with God, but he doesn’t even believe. He doesn’t know God; he obeys darkness instead of light; he is not saved; he’s an imposter, a false brother, one of our worst enemies. People attempt to infiltrate and sabotage the Church as an insider, being one of the most effective ways to inflict damage on the Church. Most of us go through periods of disobedience and struggle with their walk with God; there is always that possibility, and so we must be careful not to pass judgment too quickly. There are many who really want to love God, and in their hearts they do, but they’re having a hard time expressing that love. We need to give them time to repent, and while we are waiting, we are watching them, making sure they are not hurting anybody.

(202f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running from the word of God >> Running from the truth -- This verse goes with verse 8

(208f) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being the friend of God >> Relationship with God through obedience – All three of John’s epistles were never an issue with those who selected the canon of the Bible. Selecting the book of James, though, for entry into the canon of authoritative works was highly controversial, because he spoke in such contrast to the apostle Paul, who taught that we were saved by grace through faith and not by works. James said virtually the opposite, “You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone” (Jm 2-24). The apostle John taught the same way that James did, on a very practical level, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth”, yet his writings were not controversial because he was the disciple whom Jesus loved, giving him ultimate status. Meanwhile, James was a brother of Jesus; doesn't that count for anything?

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7&8 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.

 

1Jn 1-7

(4i) Responsibility >> The choices you make >> Accountable for your sinful nature – This verse goes with verse 9

(37h) Judgment >> Redemption of man >> His blood delivered us from destruction -- This verse goes with verse 9

(103a) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God’s cleansing power >> Cleansing blood of Jesus -- This verse goes with verse 9

(112e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Jesus light in us overcomes darkness >> The light of His truth – There are two aspects of our walk with God: our fellowship with Him (v6) and our fellowship with one another. Salvation, it says, comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10-17). When we obey the Scriptures He instills His Spirit in our heart, and we are born-again; He sears His word into us by His Spirit, and the result is faith. By that faith God calls us with a holy calling to fulfill a purpose that He had prepared for us from the foundation of the world. In obeying it we obtain an anointing from God, who reveals all things to us. Therefore, this term “light” is in reference to knowledge. “We have seen the light,” is a common phrase that means we have finally come to real-eyes something. Therefore, when we walk in the light, it means we are living according to what we know. Knowledge that has enlightened us is that which we understand by the Spirit, so walking in the light refers to obeying the Holy Spirit. Light is in reference to the facts of the Bible that the Holy Spirit has lifted off the page and placed in our hearts, for, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing” (2Cor 3,2-4; Jn 6-63). Without the Holy Spirit we are blind to the true knowledge of God. The Holy Spirit must reveal Jesus Christ to us before we can come to know Him; salvation is not on a volunteer basis; we don’t just decide to get saved. It is not up to us; it is a concerted effort on the part of both God and man. To walk in the light means to live according to the knowledge that the Holy Spirit has revealed to us. If we obey the Holy Spirit, then we will walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, and we will have fellowship with Him. Likewise, if the Holy Spirit is enlightening God’s word in the brethren, then we can have spiritual fellowship with one another.

(120b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness >> God forgives us when we become accountable to Him >> When we repent

(130d) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Being in one accord >> Having one origin

(137m) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing with our brothers >> Employing your gifts to mature the body (Spiritual fellowship) – There is a difference between spiritual fellowship and engaging in a social conversation with someone about worldly matters. Spiritual fellowship is the ability to reciprocate in a conversation about our faith with the Holy Spirit in the middle bearing witness with the truth in each person’s heart. Go to an unbeliever and try to convey our knowledge of God to him and see how far you get, reason being he is not saved. Hence, when we go to church and try to convey our knowledge of God to someone, and it feels like we are talking to a fencepost, it is evidence that he is not saved, but it is not proof. 

(156d) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving your fellow man is evidence of salvation >> Love the brethren It is interesting that John said, “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light we have fellowship with one another.” We expected him to say, ‘we have fellowship with God,’ and in fact he did say this in verse three, but here he is pointing out the significance of our fellowship with one another. This is just one many criteria that we can use to determine if someone is a true Christian. When we talk to our fellow brothers and sisters at church about our faith and they have nothing to say in reply, it is probably because their relationship with God is in shambles. It is an indication that they spend the majority of their time and energy on the world, and their interest in God is all but none-existent. The entire book of First John is devoted to imparting a list of criteria that we can use to judge the sincerity of faith in our fellow believers. Someone might complain that we are passing judgment after Jesus told us not to judge, but Jesus also said, “Judge with righteous judgment” (Jn 7-24). We can make a ninety-nine percent accurate assessment of a person’s spiritual status using the principles of Scripture, many of which are in First John, this being one of those principles, the principle of spiritual fellowship. That is, we know that our brother is going to heaven if we have fellowship with him.

(193k) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run to God to avoid running from Him -- This verse goes with verse 9

1Jn 1-8

(3b) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Quit believing lies -- This verse goes with verse 10

(19d) Sin >> Mocking God Without a cause >> Motivated by the flesh -- This verse goes with verses 6&10

(19g) Sin >> Having the mental disease of the world >> Man’s twisted understanding -- This verse goes with verse 10

(84j) Thy kingdom come >> Your words can lead to your own demise >> Lying -- This verse goes with verse 10

(86m) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word from the heart >> Internalize the word of God -- This verse goes with verse 10

(132k) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Holy Spirit is in the hearts of men -- This verse goes with verse 10

(157g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Deceiving and being deceived >> Deceiving – When we say that we have no sin, it is evidence that we don’t know God. There are many in the world today who don’t believe that sin exists; they say it is a figment of the human imagination. To them John says they are deceiving themselves and the truth is not in them. Then there are those who believe sin exists but they personally don’t have any; John says the same to them; they are deceiving themselves and the truth is not in them; that is, we don’t know the truth about ourselves. Merely admitting that we are sinners doesn’t mean the truth abides in us, for the truth pertains as much to the righteousness of God as it does to the condition of man. Our mouth flies open without our even knowing it and out spews words venomous as snake spit. If we don’t sin with out mouth, then we are perfect in every way, but none of us can control the tongue (Jm 3,1-12). We mostly sin with our words. John is saying that if we think we are in control of everything, that itself is a lie, and lying is sin.

(174g) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Believing you don’t have a sinful nature -- This verse goes with verse 10

(178i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Hypocrisy of the Church is rebuked >> The Church is rebuked for making false judgments -- This verse goes with verse 10. It is not possible to be a Christian and the truth not be in us. John is talking about unbelievers in the Church who are deceiving themselves, believing they have not sinned. What John ultimately means by the truth not being in them is the Spirit of truth. The Holy Spirit does not dwell in them; they’re not born-again; they’re not saved, and they need to recognize their sin and repent of their unbelief. The very fact that they say they have not sinned is the greatest sin of all, for how can they be forgiven if they don’t think they did anything wrong? Refusing to receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord is the sin that leads to hell, and along with that sin is the one John has mentioned here, the sense that they are righteous in themselves and that they don’t need salvation. They are probably comparing themselves to serial killers, murderers and rapists. They may not have committed these sins, but they are not the sins that lead to hell; they are the sins that result from unbelief in Jesus’ blood sacrifice, which is the sin that leads to hell.

(182c) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Lying to yourself -- This verse goes with verse 10

(200j) Denying Christ >> Excuses for rejecting Christ >> Using irresponsibility as an excuse to reject God >> Using your sinful nature as an excuse to sin -- This verse goes with verse 10. This life can be so frustrating that we need a pressure release valve for the stress that build’s in our lives, and sometimes these valves are based on sin. Probably all of us have at least one of them. Sometimes our ability to cope gets maxed-out, so we reach for our pressure release valve, which often exits our mouth in the form of vulgarity, and if it doesn’t exit our mouth, then it probably enters it. We must keep a close eye on these pressure release valves, because they can overcome us. Sometimes we sin by accident, but usually we do it on purpose; we don’t want to, but we don’t know what else to do.

(202f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running from the word of God >> Running from the truth -- This verse goes with verse 10

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9&10 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

 

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(4i) Responsibility >> The choices you make >> Accountable for your sinful nature --This verse goes with verse 7

(37h) Judgment of God >> Redemption of man >> His blood delivered us from destruction -- This verse goes with verse 7. Christ has provided a way to forgive our sins. We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1Jn 2-1). If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That is the saving grace of God. If it weren’t for that, none of us would have any hope of finding favor with God. This is the method of God’s forgiveness; it is the gospel of Christ and the process of salvation. He first tells us that it is hopeless to avoid sin, so not to get any whimsical ideas about completely eradicating it from our lives. We model our behavior after Christ, so when we sin, God will forgive us and we can continue.

(83i) Thy kingdom come >> Jesus intercedes for us >> He prepares us to meet the Father

(102d) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Faithfulness is dependable >> God is dependable

(103a) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God’s cleansing power >> Cleansing blood of Jesus -- This verse goes with verse 7

(120c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness >> God forgives us when we become accountable to Him >> As we confess our sin

(193k) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run to God to avoid running from Him -- This verse goes with verse 7

(194j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Yielding >> Confessing your sin to God – When we get lost in the woods with a compass, and we don’t know exactly where we parked the car, but we know the general direction that we need to go in order find it, the farther we walk, the closer we get to it. We constantly modify our direction until we can finally see the car. This is the Christian life; we get saved, and our lives are a wreck, and the Bible points us in a general direction where we need to go, and as we continue walking we keep modifying our direction by the dictates of the Holy Spirit, until we finally reach our destination. Ultimately at the end of this life we enter heaven, and since we have been walking in the right direction our entire lives, as we exit this life, we suddenly discover that heaven is right in front of us. Others have been walking in the wrong direction their entire lives, and when they exit this life, all they see is darkness. This is the teaching of John; salvation is a process; we stumble all along the way, confessing our sins to God who is faithful and righteous to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We modify our direction, because we don’t always do His will. We do a face-plant and skin our nose; a scab forms and everyone can see that we have been eating dirt, but we continue and eventually it all goes away. God is asking us to walk in His direction and use the teachings of Christ as our model of behavior. This is what it means to walk in Him.

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(3b) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Quit believing lies -- This verse goes with verse 8

(19d) Sin >> Mocking God Without a cause >> Motivated by the flesh -- This verse goes with verses 6&8

(19g) Sin >> Having the mental disease of the world >> Man’s twisted understanding -- This verse goes with verse 8

(80h) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word to minister to God >> In your inner man We deserve hell because we were sinners, and we still sin, but one day God will transform us, and He will take us from sin and make us perfect so we cannot sin. He is creating a people in exactly the way He wants through Christ’s suffering on the cross. The only way He could return to heaven was through death, and now that Christ has risen and ascended to the Father, He has a better place with Him than ever, and he has raised us to His standing with the Father, which He received as payment for us with His own blood. This was the will of the Father that He should die for the sins of mankind, not only for those who would receive Him, but also for those who would reject Him, that righteousness and justice would be married, so God would be fully justified in judging the wicked.

(84j) Thy kingdom come >> Your words can lead to your own demise >> Lying -- This verse goes with verse 6

(86m) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word from the heart >> Internalize the word of God -- This verse goes with verse 8

(132k) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Holy Spirit is in the hearts of men -- This verse goes with verse 8

(157i) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Having a reprobate mind -- This verse goes with verse 6

(174g) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Believing you don’t have a sinful nature -- This verse goes with verse 8. To say, ‘I’m not a sinner; I haven’t done anything bad enough for God to judge me,’ is the epitome of self-righteousness. John is saying, ‘You don’t know God.’ This is not about whether we have committed any sins, but whether we have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb. To deny that we are sinners is an attempt to go to heaven (or avoid hell) on our own merits, and God simply doesn’t want people like that in His heaven. God wants to take away our rights and in their place give us His rights, the right to become the children of God; He want to replace our pride with humility, dignity with honor and honor with holiness, so that nobody can boast before God. He wants a people who cannot look God in the eye as though they were equal with Him in some way. Instead, he intends to raise us in heavenly places and seat us on his throne with Christ, not based on our own merits, but by His own authority, generosity and sovereign will. 

(175j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Ignorant of what God means >> Ignorant of the meaning of God’s word

(178i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Hypocrisy of the Church is rebuked >> The Church is rebuked for making false judgments -- This verse goes with verse 6

(182c) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Lying to yourself -- This verse goes with verse 6

(200j) Denying Christ >> Excuses for rejecting Christ >> Using irresponsibility as an excuse to reject God >> Using your sinful nature as an excuse to sin -- This verse goes with verse 8

(202f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running from the word of God >> Running from the truth -- This verse goes with verse 6

(203d) Denying Christ >> Dishonor God >> Lying to God – By denying the truth we are saying that God has lied, then we replace what He said with something else. The thing about God that people don’t want to know is that He Lords Himself over His creation. God has subjected the true children of God to His authority through the cross, but those who die in their sins He will subject to the punishment of hell. Either way we will all one day be under His submission. Imagine being in heaven and we approach God’s throne and call Him a liar to His face in front of everybody. God would probably reply, ‘How did you get in here? One of the ways we deny His truth is to deny that we are sinners. Anyone who would deny he is a sinner cannot go to heaven, which is ironic; only sinners can go to heaven. Those who consider themselves righteous will be banned, because they make God a liar. He told us we are sinners, and if we argue with Him and say He’s wrong, we are essentially lying to Him. To make God a liar is to commit a sin, and how many sins must a person commit before He is a sinner? For Adam it was just one, and we have already committed that sin, and so it is too late to plead innocent. All we can do now is admit we are sinners and throw ourselves on the mercies of God, for there is more than enough mercy at His throne.

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