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1 John 1:1-10

1 John 1:1-10

Date:1/29/20

Category: Wednesday Bible Study

Passage: 1 John 1:1-10

Speaker: Dr. Wayne Barrett

LIVING THE CHRISTLIFE WAYNE BARRETT HILLTOP LAKES CHAPEL JANUARY 29, 2020
1 John 1:1-10
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 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. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But 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. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
—1 John 1:1-10 (ESV)
A Message about Christ and Life

v 1 The divinity of Christ Pre-existent—was with God and was God “From the beginning” – a clear reference to Gen 1:1, and all that this means We need to make sure this is also a part of our message about Christ

“which we have heard” The Word became flesh and dwelt among us John emphasizes that he and others were eye-witnesses—as we would do for something so important He is also combating the Gnostics who said Jesus only appeared to have a body—we looked upon him and touched him with our hands

His introduction continues…

“concerning the word of life” The Word—God the Father’s full expression of Himself; he does not mean hear a written word Not just “the Word” but “the Word of Life” Life was a major theme of Jesus—and it is a major theme of John It needs to be our theme as well Jesus came to bring Life—not a new set of rules

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“the life was made manifest” They were with Jesus for three years He reemphasizes: we have seen it, testify to it, and proclaim to you … what?… Eternal Life! —Their message and ours

v 3 – “that you too may have fellowship with us…” John is still writing about Life—and this is how the Life of Christ is manifest –in the fellowship we share! This, too, is a part of our message; indeed, it is the same message Our fellowship should be a manifestation of the Life of Christ—Eternal Life The true fellowship—which is spiritual in nature—can only be given by Christ and enjoyed among those who know Him

“and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” Do we truly understand the joy and the wonder of this relationship? Do we believe it? This—this fellowship—this is the essence of eternal life! And this is the fellowship into which others are invited.

v 4 – and we are writing these things so that our [your] joy may be complete John is still writing about life in Christ—and another aspect of it: joy. The joy of Christ! As we have fellowship with the Father and his Son—and as others hear, believe and come to Christ, the joy of everyone becomes complete This, too, is a part of our message and our lives: the joy of the Lord.

The message

v 5 – This is the message… We heard from Jesus himself—and proclaim to you

God is light, and in him is no darkness at all There is more to this than we know John’s most immediate meaning seems to be that there is no sin—no hint of any sin—in God. Nothing deceptive, crafty, duplicitous, misleading. Nothing impure—pure truth, pure love. Nothing misguided.

v 6 – If we say we have fellowship with Him… Not just to the Gnostics, but to anyone who is “playing church,” insincere, living and walking in sin while claiming to be in fellowship with God If we do this, we are lying and are not practicing the truth

v 7 – But if we walk in the light… As He is in the light God is light, and He is in the light Walking in sincerity, honesty, love, truth—in service to and love for God Only in this way can we have fellowship with him—and, therefore, fellowship with one another

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And the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin Not only forgiven—cleansed! The blood of Jesus has bought both our pardon and our power to live the life that Christ gives us

V 8 – If we say… The Gnostics, and many others, claimed that there was no such thing as sin—at least, sins of the body. Lack of conviction of sin continues today. The Holy Spirit has come, among other reasons, to convict the world of sin.

Those who deny the need for forgiveness do not have the truth. They are deceived.

V 9 – If we confess our sins… A great promise He is faithful – He will do it And just – It is just because our penalty was paid by the blood of Jesus

To forgive—completely To cleanse—completely

V 10 – If we say we have not sinned It is to call God a liar The truth is not in anyone who says this, no matter how respectable their lives may appear