1 John Chapter 1
Had the churches in the Middle Ages and
the Protestant reformers and many other denominations, sects and
cults read diligently the writings of the apostle John and took
those writings to heart, they would have never burned one person at
the stake, held any inquisitions, had any anti-Semitism, or had
anything to do with the holocaust.
John is speaking here of Jesus who is the Son of God and is the word of God made flesh. He became flesh and blood like we are and was born into this world like we are. He was originally in heaven and perfect but left that state to dwell among us to live perfectly and by fulfilling the commandments of the law. He willingly died so that He would die without having any sin to be laid against Him. The innocent died so that we who are guilty of breaking the law can be made free from the condemnation of the law and have eternal life. The just died for the unjust to justify as many as would believe in Him, (Jesus).
The word manifested means to make clear, disclose and make it obvious. Jesus was sent from heaven and was revealed to us as the Son of God, the only way of salvation and the answer to the way to be reconciled back to God from which Adam's sin separated us.
Through faith in Jesus and faith that He is the Son of God sent from God to save us, we now can have fellowship with God Himself.
Knowing this brings us joy.
Walking in darkness is the state one is
in before coming to the light of the gospel. By returning to sin
after Jesus saves us, ignoring the known word of God, and hating our
fellow believers we are again walking in darkness like we did before
we came to Christ for salvation.
Never will I encourage any compromising on what we consider to be the truth of God's word. True biblical love will not compromise the truth in any case. That isn't love if we lay aside God's word to have unity. That is a false anti-Christ type of unity. We want love but with truth along side of it. Darkness is hate but darkness is also lying, covering up, deceiving and hypocrisy.
Sin is cleansed by the blood of Jesus. There is no other way to be saved from sin. When we become believers in Jesus and walk in His fellowship we will walk in light. If we return to sin and walk in darkness, we lie when we claim to be believers in Christ. To believe in Christ means to abide in Christ. If we return to the things God saved us from knowingly, then we are not abiding in Christ but deceiving ourselves.
If we say that we do not need Jesus and
that we have not sinned, we are liars for all have sinned and come
short of the glory of God.
The bible itself is the best interpretation of verses that are controversial. Whoever abides in Christ, sins not. That explains what John meant in verse 8. See how we can get false doctrine if we take read verse 8 and do not read verse 9 that explains further what John is trying to say.
If we sin before knowing Christ or after, we must confess it (to God, not a priest) and make things right. We can't go on in open unconfessed sin and expect to be saved. How can one be saved from sin and still live in sin knowingly? John makes it clear that if we sin on purpose knowing it is wrong, we do not know God. To abide is Christ is to stop sinning willingly and with full knowledge that we are living in sin. To not repent is to deceive ourselves and ruin our testimony before God and man.
If we say that we have not sinned and have no need to repent of sin and believe the gospel, we are making God a liar and His word is not in us.
If we teach a gospel that does not require repenting or turning from sin, then we are not preaching the same gospel Jesus preached, Peter preached or even Paul. All have sinned before coming to Christ, so all must repent to be saved. It is part of the gospel.
Yet here is a key to keep from sin after one is saved. Be made perfect in love. If we love God with all our hearts we would not sin. If we loved our neighbors as ourselves, we would not sin against them.
The other commandments are also summed
up in these two Jesus gave. If we loved God and one another, we
would automatically keep all the commandments. The apostle John
found the answer to overcome sin and His epistles are strong in this
thing called love. Naturally this love is not what the world thinks
as love. The world's love is not real love for it is selfish and is
dependent on circumstances. God's love is different and can't be
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