Summary: Is it possible today that a person may attain a point in life where they do not sin? John tells us that while this idea is false, the Christian has no need to worry about his eternal salvation. The reason we need not worry is that God’s love is A Love W
A Love Without End
1 John 1:5–2:2
Final Verse of George Strait’s “A Love Without End, Amen”.
Last night I dreamed I died and stood outside those Pearly Gates and suddenly I realized there must be some mistake. If they know half the things I’ve done they’ll never let me in; then somewhere from the other side, I heard these words again: They said: Let me tell you a secret about a Fathers love, a secret that my daddy said was just between us. You see daddy’s don’t just love their children every now and then; It’s a love without end, Amen!
In writing this letter, John the Apostle was combating several errors being taught among Christians of the time. Some of these errors in one form or another are still being taught today. The one we will look at today is the teaching that there is the possibility that a person may attain a point in life where they do not sin. John tells us that while this idea is false, the Christian has no need to worry about his eternal salvation. The reason we need not worry is that God’s love is A Love Without End!
I. Walking in the Light 1 John 1:5–7
A. Gk: Peripatomen - walk (present active), a continual walk
B. God is Light.
1. Light chases away darkness.
2. In God there is not even a hint of darkness (evil).
C. Claiming fellowship with God is futile without obedience.
1. James 2:14
2. Matt. 7:21–23
D. Obedience to God’s will carries with it two blessings.
1. Fellowship with one another. Acts 2:47; Gal. 6:2
2. Continual cleansing from sin through the blood of Christ. Eph. 1:7
II. Sin is not acceptable, but it is inevitable. 1 John 1:8–10
A. Saying we have no sin or can attain such a state is:
1. Deception at best;
2. Or more accurately, a lie.
B. Recognizing our sin should lead us to confess our sin.
C. Confession is a life long activity.
1. Confession before God.
Illustration: In 1818 one out of six women who had children died of something called “Childbirth Fever.” A doctor’s daily routine then started in the dissecting room, where he performed autopsies. From there he made his rounds to examine expectant mothers. No one event thought to wash their hands, at least not until a doctor named Ignaz Semelweis began to practice strict hand washing. He was the first doctor to associatea lack of hand washing with this huge fatality rate. Dr. Semmelweis’ fatality rate was only one in fifty, yet his colleagues laughed at him. Once he said, “Childbirth fever is cause by decomposed material conveyed to a wound, I have shown how it can be prevented. I have proven all that I have said. But while we talk, talk, talk, women are dying. I’m not asking for anything world shaking, only that you wash your hands.” Yet, virtually no one believed him.
And Jesus is not asking anything earth shaking from us. Only that we confess our sins, to regularly wash our souls before God. It is essential. The failure to confess our sins will result in spiritual infection and hinder our spiritual journey.
Illustration taken from Timothy Peck at sermoncentral.com
also @ http://www.ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/childbed_fever.htm