1 John 1
What does the text say? – John said he had seen and touched Jesus Christ who existed from the beginning, and he had heard Him as He spoke of Eternal Life – which was seen to be manifested in Him. John told and wrote of that Life so others might also have fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ His Son, so they, too, might be full of Joy. This is the message John has heard from Jesus Christ – that God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with God and live in Sin, we are lying, but if we live to please God we have fellowship with other Christians, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all Sin. If we say we are Sinless we are deceiving ourselves. If we confess our Sins to God He is faithful and just to Forgive us and cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we are sinless we are calling God a liar, and showing that His Word has no place in our hearts.
Application? – Do I believe John’s eye-witness account of Jesus Christ? Do I believe Jesus was with God at Creation(John 1:1)? Do I know that Eternal Life is ‘here and now’ not just in the future? Do I know that indefinable Joy (not happiness) that bubbles up even through pain? Am I aware of when God draws away from me because of some un-repented Sin? Am I determined to live to please God? Do I know the Peace of mind that comes with confession and repentance of Sin?
Quote:-(Henry H. Halley)”Light stands for God’s realm of Truth, righteousness, purity, joy, ineffable Glory. Darkness stands for this world of error, evil, ignorance, wickedness and the abode of the Lost.”