1 John Chapter 1

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 1 John. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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These three letters from John encourage Christians to live a simple life of love and obedience. It is fascinating to see the changes that have taken place in John’s life from his early days of following Christ, to the gentle man he has become after so many years of walking with the Lord.

Luke 9:54 (NIV)
54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”

Mark 9:38 (NIV)
38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

Matthew 20:20-21 (NIV)
20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21 “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

1 John 1:1-10 (NIV)
1 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. 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 yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by 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 has no place in our lives.

1 John 1:1-4

The false teaching/teachers that we have just studied in Peter and Jude are still a big problem as John writes these letters. All of these false teaching were causing a great deal of confusion for the believers in the early church. John encourages the believers by starting this letter with the amazing Good News of the full and abundant, now and forever life that is possible for us in Jesus. That in Christ, we have fellowship with God and with one another. This relationship is not based on our performance, but on what He has done for us.

1 John 1:5-7

In response to what He has done for us, we live by trying to do the next right thing.

1 John 1:6-7 (NIV)
6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by 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.

We are trying to live by doing the next right thing. It is the desire of our hearts. But what happens when we fall short?

1 John 1:8-10

We confess our sin.

1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)
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 has no place in our lives.

The word in Greek for confess is homologeo which literally means the same Word. Confession is not saying “God, I’ll never do it again.” That’s not confession. Confession is saying, “You’re right, God. It was wrong. You’re right. I was wrong.” That’s confession. It is agreeing with God and His Word.

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