Summary: This message paints a picture of what it looks like to walk with God.
Are you In Step with God?
1 John 1:5-10 (NKJV)
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and 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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that 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 that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
Heresies John deals with:
• Antinomianism (anti – no – main – ism) – Sin Justifiers (vv5-7)
• Literally mean “against law” – understood as lawlessness.
• Smith’s note on this heresy is as follows: “It is said that the Nicolaitans were the followers of Nicolas, one of the seven deacons (Acts 6:5), and this strange story is told of him by Clement of Alexandria: ‘He had they say, a beautiful wife, and after the ascension of the Saviour, being taunted by the apostles with jealousy, he brought the woman forward and gave who would permission to marry her. This, they say, is in accordance with that expression of his: We must abuse the flesh. And indeed the adherents of his sect follow up the incident and the saying absolutely and unquestioningly and commit fornication without restraint.
• There is evil in God. - The person who lives in sin may still have fellowship with God.
• Gnostic Heresy – The Perfect Saint Syndrome (vv8,10)
• The belief is: that we do not have any principle of sin within us, since matter is evil and the soul is not contaminated by sinful flesh.
• The belief is also refereed to as “perfectionism” and “the eradication of the evil nature”
• The extent of the perfect saint syndrome is denial of specific past sins. In other words, the may speak in terms of what they are too saved to do or profess to have never done certain things.
1. If I am in step with God, than my walk should reflect it.
2. If I am in step with God, than I have fellowship with Him.
3. If I am in step with God, than I will acknowledge how far I’ve come.
4. If I am in step with God, than I will deal with my sins.
1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.