Well I can gladly say that I’ve been keeping up with my daily readings and just finished off 1 John, although the weekend was pretty tough… I ended up reading 2 chapters on the sunday afternoon (25th May)…
I’m quite a fan of Johns writing… It has such a loving tone to it and packages up quite neatly… There’s several themes throughout 1 John that stuck out to me as I read and re-read the book.
Fellowship: In the first chapter especially there is a great emphasis on fellowship with one another and with God and Jesus:
1 John 1:3:-…so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:6 & 7:- If we say we have fellowship with him [God] while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practise the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,…
This fellowship brings great Joy to John and his fellow Christians:
1 John 1:4:- And we write these things so that our joy may be complete.
I wonder how often it is that I feel/share this with my Christian brothers and sisters… I find that it’s quite a difficult thing to comprehend…
Another 2 big themes that seems to flow through the chapters and indeed the book is that of Light & Dark and Sin, which seem to travel hand in hand. We are to live lives pleasing to God, trying not to sin, but acknowledging that we do, confessing those sins & asking for forgiveness:
1 John 1: 7..-..10:- If we walk in the light…the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Chapter 2 continues to speak about Light & Dark:
1 John 2: 7..-..12:- Beloved, I am writing to you no new commandment, but an old commandment… At the same time, it is a new commandment…, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
The World is another thing that John covers in his writing, warning fellow Christians not to love it and those things that are of it
1 John 2:15-17:- Do not love the world or the things in the word. If anyone loves the world, the Love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions is not from the Father but is from the word. And the world passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
This is a pretty tough call, as we’re all surrounded by such things, one would practically have to become a hermit and live isolated to avoid such things, and even then there is the possibility of falling prey to worldly desires… Instead, we are to overcome the world through our faith in Jesus Christ, The Son of God:
1 John 5: 4-5:- For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
John also warns of antichrists who are
1 John 2: 22:- …he who denies the Father and the Son.
but we were taught and know the truth, which helps us, and tells us to continue loving one another…
1 John 5: 21:- And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother
He concludes by explaining why he’s written this letter, which is so we may know Christ, which he’s done quite proficiently here…