1 John 1 – October 19
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 John 1
The Incarnation of the Word of Life
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.
Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
Turning From the Light | Jess Howell
1 John 1:5
John was perhaps the closest disciple of Jesus, and also possibly the last apostle to survive in the 1st generation of Christians. He saw the church drifting away from the Truth. He used this letter to combat the Christians that were trying to teach that sin wasn’t THAT bad.
This verse is so simple yet complex at the same time. God is light, and therefore, there can be no darkness (or sin) with Him in the picture. There’s so much negative talk and evil thoughts that come out of my mouth sometimes, and though I don’t recognize it at the time, it’s 100% NOT God speaking through me. At the same time, I may think that I can hide a sin from God, but if He’s light, it’s not possible for me to hide it from Him. How on earth do I think I can get away with these silly acts and expect Him not to notice? The answer is: I can’t!
Father, forgive me for being a sinner. Every day. Your grace and Your mercy are needed every day. Thank You for loving me and sending Your Son to die for my stupid sins. Let Your light see me in my darkest places and bring the sin out for good. Amen.
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