1 John Chapter 1
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5This 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.
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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.
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Martha Prince's 1 John Chapter 1 comment on 5/13/2013, 1:52pm...
Dan...these scriptures should answer your question.
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.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Dan's 1 John Chapter 1 comment about verse 9 on 5/10/2013, 5:08am...
Are we to confess our sins simply by talking to God privately in prayer or rather, by confessing to a priest of God?
I believe that, confession in this context means both. Glory be to God for His Grace.
Dan's 1 John Chapter 1 comment on 5/06/2013, 8:43am...
God is light,if i keep his commandments 1:23 God who is light Dwells in me and i dwell in him 1:24 its impposible for me to walk in darkness because in him is no darkness at all i then have fellowship one with another God and his son Jesus if i have fellowship with you i am not talking about frendship but the fact that you and i dwell in god and god dwells in us because we conffess that jesus is his son 1:4-15
Douglas Ezenwa's 1 John Chapter 1 comment on 4/18/2013, 7:03am...
in vs 7 it says if we walk in the light as he is the light we have fellowship one with other and the blood of jesus cleanseth us from all sin,it is very important to be in fellowship with belivers it will help us to grow also have good relationship with God
Tony burnley's 1 John Chapter 1 comment about verse 8 on 4/10/2013, 6:19pm...
i believe the word of the LORD, his word is truth and trustworthy, therefore we all have sinned, and sin is yet in our reach, i also believe that we yet sin, but not willingly so to speak, we as believers hate sin, and in our soul exixtence we are cleansed in and from the bllod of JESUS.
Luleka's 1 John Chapter 1 comment on 4/03/2013, 4:48pm...
The chapter gives us the reassurance that repentance is an ongoing process and through our walk in the light we will be cleansed and highlights the fact that confession and repentance is the lifestyle of a believer.
Jovy's 1 John Chapter 1 comment about verse 9 on 3/18/2013, 10:45pm...
This verse promises me/us that if we would be true to ourselves by acknowledging that we fall short of the glory of God, He is faithful to cleanse and free us from the bondage of sin. God wants to fulfil His promise, but not until we made our hearts right with God, that is to redeem us from eternal separation from Him.
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