Summary: John gives us three very important concepts to grab hold of: If we live in the dark, God does not live within us; if we live in the truth, He is within us and we walk perfectly with Him; and lastly, repentance is more than words; it's a life change.
Forgiveness is found in Christ
1 John Bible Study, Part 2
- The author of this letter (or epistle) is the disciple, John
- This Epistle was probably written in Ephesus between the years 95–110.
-- It was written to counter Docetism: belief that Jesus did not come "in the flesh"
-- It was written to counter that Jesus only appeared as a spirit.
- Additionally, it defines how Christians are to discern true teachers:
-- By their ethics, their proclamation of Jesus in the flesh, and by their love
- It is important as we draw closer to God ourselves that we are able to learn
∆ Point 1 – God is Light (5)
- The message John declares is that God is light; all that He is … is LIGHT!
-- There is no darkness in Him; darkness is in complete opposition to who He is
- The light shines in the darkness; it literally replaces the darkness
-- APP: There are not different shades of darkness; but light casts it out
-- In a dark room, you can shine one light and change the visibility immediately
- Light is literally a word picture for the word “truth”; stands for honesty
-- There is no darkness (also refer to as deception, falsehood) in God/Son/Spirit
- “The message we declare to you is that God is light” … it’s a simple fact
-- For the Christian, we have to first reconcile this truth before we move on
- TRANS: One sentence builds upon the rest of this passage …
∆ Point 2 – God Purifies (6-8)
- Once you understand the difference in light and dark; John’s begins to read us
-- Note: He may be the disciple of love – but this brother is mature in his walk
- What he says is simple: NO person (repeat) can claim fellowship if we lie
-- If we are walking in darkness repeatedly, there is no way we can claim light
-- APP: We cannot enjoy our sin and call ourselves faithful followers of Christ
- On the other hand, when we walk in the light we have two things happen
• We have fellowship with one another (unity)
• We are purified by the blood of Christ (God’s gift to us)
-- APP: This is where grace is so critical: It comes from God, not from us
- To be purified from all sin is a present tense phrase; it’s a continuous action
-- We might tend to look at this from a judicial standpoint, but there’s more
- Yes, it includes the forgiveness of past sins at the moment of salvation
-- But it ALSO leads us to a life-style change of desiring God’s righteousness
-- It is a life-long purification process; or a character transformation process