1 John Chapter 1 (ca. 90-100 A.D.)

Very little in any of John's epistles is vague, difficult to understand to a believer, ambiguous, but rather is straightforward, clear, concise, and right to the point. John does not mince words. Much of what is in the letters is the exact same style, same testimony of what is in the Gospel of John. In fact, it is the same exact message, written very much the same exact way and in the same style. John's three epistles are more personal to us and to "the family" (brethren in Christ) than any other epistles in the New Testament. They are written for you and to you. John got three revelations from God: The Gospel of John, these three epistles, and the book of Revelation. At the time of writing these three epistles, gnosticism (seeking lots of knowledge of "gods" from the world) was rampant and entering the churches. John combats that here with true knowledge of God

John's Reasons for writing this book

  • Fellowship with us, the Son, the Father(1:3)
  • Your joy may be full(1:4)
  • That we do not sin(2:1)
  • That we may know we have eternal life(5:13)
  • That we may believe on the Name of the Son of God(5:13)
  • Overall, to present Jesus Christ to us
  • In this epistle, we are called three times in chapter two to love: Love God (v.5), love the brethren (v.10), and not to love the world system(v.15)

John's Definition of God

  • Light (1 John 1:5)
  • Love (4:8, 16)
(John 1:1)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

(1 John 1:1)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

  • Jesus Christ is the Creator from the beginning
  • Being an apostle meant qualifications, such as seeing Jesus Christ with one's own eyes (witnessing)
  • John baptized Jesus, so he even touched Him
  • Indeed Jesus Christ is that Word of Life, Eternal Life
  • No more personal than ears hearing, eyes seeing and hands touching
(1 John 1:2)
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

  • The Father Jesus was with is God the Father
  • Jesus came from the Father

(John 5:43)
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

(John 8:38)
I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

(John 20:21)
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

(John 1:14)
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

(1 Timothy 3:16)
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

(1 John 1:3)
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

  • We must be saved to have true fellowship with other believers, as family
  • God originally created mankind to have fellowship with Him. Jesus Christ made that possible
  • By having fellowship with each other, we have fellowship with Jesus Christ and the Father
(1 John 1:4)
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

  • This things are who Jesus is, how the apostles saw Him personally as eyewitnesses, our eternal life, an the fellowship with the Father
  • If this does not bring us joy, then nothing will, ever!
(1 John 1:5)
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

  • Jesus said He was the light of the world, and God is light, so Jesus Christ is God, declared right here

(John 8:12)
¶ Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

(John 9:5)
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

(1 John 1:6)
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

  • Every sin we commit by commission or omission is walking in darkness
  • We cannot both walk in darkness and live truthfully simultaneously
  • We say that we have fellowship by proclaiming we are saved, we are Christians, we have fellowship with Him
(1 John 1:7)
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

  • Conversely, when we walk in the light, have fellowship with Him and fellowship with His people, meaning that walking in the light includes being in fellowship with other believers
(1 John 1:8)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

  • We get saved by grace, as sinners, and are only declared righteous, but in our flesh we are still sinners until death. We cannot deny this or we will fall quickly
  • If we do deny our sinful nature exists, we are self-righteous, we are self-deceived, we deny the faith
(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.

  • This verse is often called the "Christian's bar of soap", but it is more than that
  • We merely have to confess, and not even ask for forgiveness, as we are already eternally forgiven, just out of fellowship with God until we confess our sins to God
(1 John 1:10)
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

  • Again, we are simply denying the basic truth of who we are in the flesh-SINNERS saved by grace and not our by own righteousness
  • We cannot even say we stopped sinning after we get saved, we can only proclaim our salvation despite our sin
  • His word, read, memorized, heard, no matter what, is useless to us (not in us) if we are self-righteous
1 John Chapter 2


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