Today we are in 1 John – does anyone feel like they need more than a year to take in the entire Bible? We really do – and so it’s incredible how the Word can be new every day, how we can see something different every time…. We need a lifetime. Today, let’s read 1 John 1, 2, 3 and 4:1-6. I don’t know how to get through this in just a couple of days – so much here! Come on back and let’s talk!
Just a few highlights:
“if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” 1 John 1:7
We have fellowship and cleansing from sin IN THE LIGHT. To receive the benefits associated with salvation, we have to live the life of a disciple.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9
We have such a sweet promise in Christ: if we confess our sins, we will be forgiven.
“He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” 1 John 2:6
That’s simple to understand, but not easy to achieve: it’s our daily walk, that we ought to model after Christ. Day by day, growing more and more, making progress. God allows us time to grow. We see the progression in 1 John 2:12-14 as well: little children, fathers, young men….
“Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God” 1 John 3:9
This verse really means that we don’t practice a life of sin (not that we never sin). When God saved us, He also gave us the desire to live a righteous life (His seed). What you invest in will grow – spend your time pursuing a life of holiness, walking just as Jesus walked, and that is what will grow!