1 John 1:5-10 (read chapter)
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. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 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 cleanses us from all sin. If we say that 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 that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Ø What was the message of Christ? Many answers to that question. He came to…
- Bring peace and joy to the earth
- Show us the way…
- Provide a way of salvation
- Pay the redemption of mankind
- Preach the kingdom of God
- Ye have heard, but I say…
Interpretation & Explanation
Ø This then is the message which we have heard of him
Ø God is light, in him is no darkness
o Not a light – like sun, moon, candle, fire, lamp, etc.
o God IS light
- Light is purity
- Light is knowledge
- Light is truth
- Light exposes (impurities, ignorance, falsehood)
- Light directs (shows)
o If we say – seems to be a _________. We lie, we deceive ourselves, we make him to lie.
Ø If we say – we have fellowship with him and WALK in darkness, We LIE
o But if we walk in light
- We have fellowship with one another
- Christ blood cleanses us from all sin
Ø If we say – we have no sin, We DECEIVE ourselves
o “I don’t see sin!” How is this said?
§ No original sin