1 John Chapter 1

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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, of the Word of life;

2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

5 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.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7 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 cleanseth 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.


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Matthew Henry's 1 John Chapter 1 Bible commentary...

This epistle is a discourse upon the principles of Christianity, in doctrine and practice. The design appears to be, to refute and guard against erroneous and unholy tenets, principles, and practices, especially such as would lower the Godhead of Christ, and the reality and power of his sufferings and death, as an atoning sacrifice; and against the assertion that believers being saved by grace, are not required to obey the commandments. This epistle also stirs up all who profess to know God, to have communion with him, and to believe in him, and that they walk in holiness, not in sin, showing that a mere outward profession is nothing, without the evidence of a holy life and conduct. It also helps forward and excites real Christians to communion with God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to constancy in the true faith, and to purity of life.The apostle prefaces his epistle to believers in general, with evident testimonies to Christ, for promoting their happiness and joy. (1-4) The necessity of a life of holiness, in order to communion with God, is shown. (5-10)1-4 That essential Good, that uncreated Excellence, which had been from the beginning, from eternity, as equal with the Father, and which at length appeared in human nature for the salvation of sinners, was the great subject concerning which the apostle wrote to his brethren. The apostles had seen Him while they witnessed his wisdom and holiness, his miracles, and love and mercy, during some years, till they saw him crucified for sinners, and afterwards risen from the dead. They touched him, so as to have full proof of his resurrection. This Divine Person, the Word of life, the Word of God, appeared in human nature, that he might be the Author and Giver of eternal life to mankind, through the redemption of his blood, and the influence of his new-creating Spirit. The apostles declared what they had seen and heard, that believers might share their comforts and everlasting advantages. They had free access to God the Father. They had a happy experience of the truth in their souls, and showed its excellence in their lives. This communion of believers with the Father and the Son, is begun and kept up by the influences of the Holy Spirit. The benefits Christ bestows, are not like the scanty possessions of the world, causing jealousies in others; but the joy and happiness of communion with God is all-sufficient, so that any number may partake of it; and all who are warranted to say, that truly their fellowship is with the Father, will desire to lead others to partake of the same blessedness.

5-10 A message from the Lord Jesus, the Word of life, the eternal Word, we should all gladly receive. The great God should be represented to this dark world, as pure and perfect light. As this is the nature of God, his doctrines and precepts must be such. And as his perfect happiness cannot be separated from his perfect holiness, so our happiness will be in proportion to our being made holy. To walk in darkness, is to live and act against religion. God holds no heavenly fellowship or intercourse with unholy souls. There is no truth in their profession; their practice shows its folly and falsehood. The eternal Life, the eternal Son, put on flesh and blood, and died to wash us from our sins in his own blood, and procures for us the sacred influences by which sin is to be subdued more and more, till it is quite done away. While the necessity of a holy walk is insisted upon, as the effect and evidence of the knowledge of God in Christ Jesus, the opposite error of self-righteous pride is guarded against with equal care. All who walk near to God, in holiness and righteousness, are sensible that their best days and duties are mixed with sin. God has given testimony to the sinfulness of the world, by providing a sufficient, effectual Sacrifice for sin, needed in all ages; and the sinfulness of believers themselves is shown, by requiring them continually to confess their sins, and to apply by faith to the blood of that Sacrifice. Let us plead guilty before God, be humble, and willing to know the worst of our case. Let us honestly confess all our sins in their full extent, relying wholly on his mercy and truth through the righteousness of Christ, for a free and full forgiveness, and our deliverance from the power and practice of sin.


Recent Comments for 1 John Chapter 1...


LoveNotWar's 1 John Chapter 1 comment on 4/10/2014, 2:47am...

It is so interesting how everyone has a different take on the same passages. I want to point out that no one commented on verse 6. The authour is saying that you cannot be a true believer and still be controlled by sin. Being controlled by sin does not mean you never sin. I see alot on here this question about being saved forever and going to heaven and it really comes down to if a person is "truly saved " and if they have "truly put their faith in Christ ". Only God knows this but I would say that certain sin such as murder,rape, extreme greed etc. are indicators that a person is not truly saved and would thus have to be born again to inhereit the kingdom of heaven.


Tommy's 1 John Chapter 1 comment about verse 7 on 4/07/2014, 9:39pm...

when we accept Christ we are walking in the light, we do not have to do any works to stay in the light and if we are saved we can never walk in darkness no matter what we do but we are capable of committing dark acts but we are not able to ever get out of Gods light once we accept Christ. our sinful actions cannot take us out of the light I know,i know, it makes the devil and some Christians mad that my sinning will not keep me out of heaven


Cornelia's 1 John Chapter 1 comment about verse 7 on 3/12/2014, 1:41am...

This portion of scripture offers a solution to or shows why there is disunity in the local churches It is because we are not walking in the light Jesus If you have to or more persons following marching instructions left right left right for as long as they follow the instructions they will automatically be in the same timing one with another


Mark Spann's 1 John Chapter 1 comment about verse 4 on 3/03/2014, 8:53am...

This completed joy or fullness of joy how can it be captured with so much anger in this world


Michael's 1 John Chapter 1 comment about verse 9 on 2/24/2014, 7:37am...

Arthur 12 3 13 is absolutely correct I too believe 1 Jn 1 is NOT written for the benefit of believers The Gnostics were unbelievers among the believers and needed to hear TRUTH about their sin s Either Christ died for all sin for all time or He did not If we still have to make effort to receive forgiveness as the Old Testament people Jews did as the Apostle Paul also states Christ s death was in vain My salvation is simply Him living His life in and through me and when I seek to do my will I say Thank you for having already forgiven me and for having cleansed me from unrighteousness I am continuing to understand Your deep love for me and I am so very grateful for Your love He desires for me to be conscious of HIM and HIS life and love for all others not a sin consciousness which would keep my focus on sin It is very freeing for my mind He truly lives and is truly madly in love with each of us


Bob's 1 John Chapter 1 comment on 1/31/2014, 7:51pm...

Sam, you are mistaken on your belief that we are not saved forever when we place our faith in Jesus. Hebrews 10:26 refers to those who hear the word and wear the Gospel, and make the choice to ignore it and continue on with their life without Christ. If we had to continually be "saved" then there would have been no need for Jesus to be our sacrifice; there would be no need for us to have faith in Him as the one and only true Son of God. Bottom line, we would have to go to God the Father; but Jesus is our only intercessor. He is the only way we can be viewed by God as one of His children. We could not even come close to being in His presence had Jesus not cleansed us once and for all.


Sam's 1 John Chapter 1 comment on 1/25/2014, 7:57am...

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.(GAL. 6:7 ) It was the same Apostle that wrote this thru the inspiration of GOD(2TIMOTHY3:16)

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people-
HEBREWS 10:26-30


Philippians 2:12 Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.



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