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1 John 1:1-10

1 John 1:1-10

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

 

v 1 – 3

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

In his opening words, John declares a message they have seen, heard – of which they bear witness to (v1-2). The message was addressed to the “false fellowship” group that they too may have true fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (v3) just as John have.

 

V 5 – 6

5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

What was “the message” heard of John? – This is the message “God is light and in Him no darkness at all” (v5). He goes on to expound that group with such claim to have fellowship with God but the walk is in darkness, are liars (v6). Such fellowship claim is “false fellowship” and an impossibility to practice the truth.

This is the absolute truth – “God is light, and there is no darkness in Him” (v5).

 

V 7

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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

“We” does not include the writer. “We” is a part of speech, although we know and believe John is in the light. We are the sons of Light (1 Thessalonians 5:5), darkness cannot be found in us. The sons of Light are in the light who’s walk is in the light and have “true fellowship” with one another and God.

To the believers in the “true fellowship”, who are in the light

– The time difference between – the Cleansing process and the Sin is zero (0); no delay, The work difference is one (1); which is the blood, not confession. And there is only one (1) mediator and that is not confession; but Jesus Christ.

The ever present and active power of the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses the believer of all sin in no time. No time is all time. As in Past, Present & Future. The cleansing is effectual only in the “true fellowship”, also preserving the believers in the fellowship.

Therefore, If we say we still have sin left, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. Since all our sin have been, are being or will be cleansed already. We know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in Him. Whoever abides in Him does not sin (1 John 3:5-6)

 

V 8 – 10

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

“We” does not include the writer, “We” is a part of speech. Same as in verse 7.

Sin is a noun. Sin is a noun. Sin is a noun.

The “we” are claiming that they have no sin. Notice not sins (plural) but sin (singular) (v8). When the “we” ultimately denies they are sinners the result is an absolute lie, and unconsciously labeling God a liar. Whereas it says : “because of Adam’s disobedience, many were made sinners” (Romans 5:19). They are obviously not part of the “true fellowship” where the blood of Jesus cleanses the true fellows from all sin. The “true fellowship” in essence are compose of ex sinners who admitted their sin (noun). Hypothetically, one needs sin to be a part of the “true fellowship”. One needs a car to participate in a race track competition. “It is not the healthy who needs a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners” – (Mark 2:17, Luke 5:31, Matthew 9:12).

 

To the unbelievers in the “false fellowship”, who are in darkness

– The requirement to be in the “true fellowship” is this : Acknowledge or Agree with God that you have sin (noun) and that you are a “sinner”. The “true fellowship” is in the light, because God is light. When we confess from “sinner”, we become right with God and now called “righteous”. Should we commit sin, we do not become “sinner”  but the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin (v7).

We were sinners saved by grace –

 

SUMMARY

“1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”

– Confess (omologōmen) in greek means to agree with God, In this case that you have sin and are called a sinner

“to forgive” and “to cleanse” is a promise both for believers and unbelievers

The unbeliever – To claim the promise we must confess first our sins (noun). If we do not confess, The promise to forgive and cleanse will not take effect.

The believer – In the event of sinning is the process of cleansing at same time – no delay. The blood of Jesus cleanses us of all sin (v7), It is always active and present, continuously

The believer – To confess is for unbeliever. You are no longer a sinner. What is there to confess when the blood of Jesus cleanses us of all sin (v7) , continuously?

The believer – Cleansing and forgiveness is by the blood and not by confession, because the blood of Jesus cleanses us of all sin (v7), It is always active and present, continuously

The believer – Righteousness is a gift received by faith and not by works. right?

 

Final Word, Plea

We became righteous the first time we agree (confess) with God we have sins (noun). When we commit (verb) sin, we do not become unrighteous or become a sinner again. If we are in the light, and we commit (verb) sin, we cannot be in darkness again. It is an impossibility because we are in the light and the sons of Light. Rather the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses (continuously) us from all sin. That is the message of hope we have in the light. There is no more confession involve since the requirement co exist with sinners such as a person denying to be a sinner and have sin (noun).

To the Christians, The sons of Light. Stop the hypocrisy! by acting as if you are a sinner or unrighteous! You are righteous because Jesus is your righteousness and the ever present active power of the blood of Jesus cleanses us of all sin (v7) continuously. Amen.

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