1 John 1:8

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1 John 1:8

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

John here rights to add further clarity to what it means to walk as a believer. In 1 John 1:6, he wrote “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth”. This is a place where we are deceiving others.

In verse 8 he builds upon that statement. Now John moves our claim to saying “If we say have no sin, we deceive ourselves”. Here he is speaking to the church. Making an explicit statement that uses the word deception.

Deception is the Greek word planaó which is defined as to cause to wander or to wander. Helps gives the description:

4105 planáō – properly, go astray, get off-course; to deviate from the correct path (circuit, course), roaming into error, wandering; (passive) be misled.
[4105 (planáō) is the root of the English term, planet (“wandering body”). This term nearly always conveys the sin of roaming (for an exception – see Heb 11:38).]

Strong’s also addresses the metaphorical use, to lead away from the truth, to lead into error, to deceive.

In the previous statement we were said to be misrepresenting the gospel, now we are moving to error within the church, as John states this deception is a self deception; “We deceive ourselves”. Ourselves can be used not only in a singular sense to address an individual, but in a plural sense and in this case John again is talking about us, the church, the body of Christ.

The result of this deception is the truth is not in us. John had been building an argument for Jesus, speaking of the truth of who He is. He also uses that word in again, which refers to the internal state that we operate from.

In John’s gospel there are the I am statements, and in John 15:1-17, Jesus says I am the true vine and explains what this means.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

Observation: John seems to reminding his audience as to what the gospel is, and what it is we are saved from. It is our sin. If we have no sin, we have no truth. Truth is a person, and His name is Christ. If truth is not in us, than Christ is not in us and by contrast if Christ is not in us, than truth is not in us. If we say we have no sin, than we are denying Christ because this is error. Christ came that we might be saved from our sin. If we do not have Christ then we cannot call ourselves Christians, as we cannot belong to Him.

Father, how hard it is sometimes for us to see truth. Your Word and Your claims are explicit, yet we find ways to make it fit for our own purpose. Let us not misrepresent You, nor be in error. Let truth abide in us, that we may have fellowship with You and one another. That we may represent You on this earth and bear testimony to Your goodness and Your mercy, to the church and to the world around us. Lord forgive us, for none of us is without sin, and none of us are without error. Let your truth touch those places within us, to bear witness and bring change. Change that lines us up with Your Word, by the power of Your Spirit. Let us know truth as Your Spirit bears witness and brings these things to light. In Jesus name we ask and we pray. Amen

God bless you,

Steadfast

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1 John 1:7

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1 John 1:7

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 cleanses us from all sin.

This statement of John is the contrast to the previous verse, where John says we cannot say we follow Jesus and walk in darkness. He says “but if”, giving the opposite response. What is this opposite response? “We walk in the light, as he is in the light”.

In is an interesting word here. it is positional, conditional as well as relational. Help says in is defined as follows:

1722 en (a preposition) – properly, in (inside, within); (figuratively) “in the realm (sphere) of,” as in the condition (state) in which something operates from the inside (within).

This is followed by a verb as. As is used in this sense for illustration purposes; “As he is in the light.” Jesus is our example. We are to walk in the light as He is in the light. Light again is that condition that we have sight, understanding, we have illumination.

In Genesis 1:3-4, God as part of creation deemed light as good; “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.” He further adds to the order of creation in Genesis 1:14-19,

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

In both these places, God is said to have seen it was good. He saw that the light was good and that the order was good as well. This is not a response were He saw that it was good after He did it, this was a declaration where God is showing us something about creation, and the intention of His creation. It is him giving us light to understand.

John talks further about light in his gospel:

John 1:4-5 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:7-9 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
John 3:19-21 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
John 11:9-10 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
John 12:35-36 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.
John 12:46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

Jesus walked in understanding and gives us understanding. He is understanding.

John now gives addition to this concept of light that he has built upon and adds to it, stating further in verse 9, “and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin”And is a conjunction that connects words or ideas as transitions. So the idea is that light and the blood Christ, though separate matters, are in fact connected. As light gives an understanding so the blood of Christ cleanses. Light gives fact to our sinful condition and the blood of Christ cleanses us from all of our sin.

Cleanses is the Greek word katharizó, which means to make pure or to remove all filth. Again this is in regards to moral sense. We are descendants of a fallen Adam, and our relationship to God is restored through Christ. Light gives us understanding of our condition and the blood Christ cleanses us from our condition, which is sin.

Strong’s defines sin or hamartia as failure or missing the mark. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon further explains sin as properly failure to miss the mark, in greek writings first as an error in the understanding and second a bad action or evil deed. In the New Testament this is always in an ethical sense.

What is it that cleanses us? The blood of Christ.

Observation: John wants us to “see” or “understand” our condition, and more so, the solution to our condition. He is building the argument for who Jesus is, and why He came. In the Old Testament, God gave light or understanding to His people, that they are sinful and He instituted a sacrificial system where they could be restored. In Christ, we were not only given light, but the light of men; Jesus, the way, the truth and the life. It is the culmination of the sacrificial system. Jesus once and for all removed sin from God’s people with His shed blood upon the cross. Jesus, whom John confessed to be one with God in his Gospel, was given to us and came to us. Jesus came into the world and was given to us by the Father. He simultaneously existed with God, and entered into our physical world. Doing so to remove all sin from His people. This is the truth that John wants us to see.

Father, thank you for showing us filth, for showing us our sin, for showing us the solution. How we can be restored to You. You give us understanding so we may have fellowship with You and one another. That our relationship may be restored. Praise be to You, forever and ever. In Jesus name, amen.

God bless you,

Steadfast

 

1 John 1:6

 

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1 John 1:6

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

In 1 John 1:6, John starts indicating a condition, “if we say “, which then follows with we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness. John again refers to fellowship with Christ to which he has previously spoken of. Referring once again to being in community with Christ, John puts a condition on this, while. This is a conjunction which can be translated as – and, even, also, namely. and is referring to the next phrase while we walk in darkness.

We walk is the Greek word peripateó, which literally means to walk, however it is not so much a physical walk as ethical walk. In regards to usage in this passage Strong’s actually indicates to frequent or to stay in a place. That place is darkness which is skotos. Skotos can refer to either a physical or spiritual darkness. Helps expounds on the idea as follows:

4655 skótos (a neuter noun) – properly, darkness (obscurity); (figuratively) the principle of sin with its certain results.

Strongs defines darkness in this usage as being:

Metaphorically, of ignorance respecting divine things and human duties, and the accompanying ungodliness and immorality, together with their consequent misery.

In verse 5, John indicates one of the attributes of God as being light. In the Epsitle of John, he wrote again about light. John 1:9 states:

“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.”

John 3:16-21 are the words of Christ. He says:

“16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Jesus is making a very clear statement about relationship with God. Light is something that we are inclined to flee from, and in contrast those who live a life that is in the light are identified as being God’s. In this place of illumination, we are given sight. As a result of this light, we can now see God’s work in our lives.

John further adds that if we are walking in darkness and say we are in Christ, “We lie and do not practice the truth”. If we are walking in darkness, we are not in fellowship with Christ. John talks about this idea of practicing, which is the Greek word poieó. This means to make, manufacture, construct, do, act or cause. This kind of practice is the kind that builds up and in effect causes it to become more effective in our lives. Truth is what we ought to be practicing. Helps defines truth as follows:

225 alḗtheia (from 227 /alēthḗs, “true to fact”) – properly, truth (true to fact), reality.
[In ancient Greek culture, 225 (alḗtheia) was synonymous for “reality” as the opposite of illusion, i.e. fact.]

Observation:

This is a humbling passage, I think about my life and the times that I was clearly not walking in the light, and Christ was the furthest thing from my mind. How I lived in darkness and hated the light. I hated the light for my deeds would be exposed. I hated the light, for my sin would be seen. In that darkness, I lived a life of illusion, fabricating my own reality. I always thought truth was objective, until I was given illumination by the Spirit of God. Now I see, that truth is subjective, and that truth is the person of Christ. He made some very bold statements and did not leave any margin for error. The specifics may be debated, but the idea is certain. We cannot have fellowship with Him, while we walk in darkness. They are two opposing ideas. I thank God that He has given us His Word as the standard for which all other things are to be compared.

Lord we thank You, for you are light. For you illuminate the way for us. For you show us He we truly are, and in Your grace and mercy You offer us redemption in Christ. We do not deserve this, for without Your mercy we would still be hiding in the shadows of darkness. Lord thank You. May you continue to shine bright in our lives and be a lamp unto our feet. Give us sight that we may behold your glory. In Jesus name, amen.

God bless you,

Steadfast

 

 

 

1 John 1:5

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1 John 1:5

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

In verse 5, “This is” refers to the message. Message is the Greek word aggelia, which comes from the word aggelos. Aggelos is used to indicate a supernatural messenger , such as an angel of God, or a human who has a supernatural message or a prophet. On one such occasion Aggelos was used in the case of John the Baptist in Mark 1:2

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,

The him, is the one who this book is written about, namely Jesus. Aggelia is only used twice in the new testament, and both times by John. He also uses it in 1 John 3:11.

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

We have the message, and the one whom the message is about, Jesus. John as an inspired writer has the authority to share as John now writes we “declare to you”. We as believers are the audience of this message. Declare is the Greek word apaggelló. HELPS expounds on the definition as follows:

518 apaggéllō (from 575 /apó, “from” intensifying angellō, “announce”) – properly, to declare (report) from, which focuses on the original source (context) shaping the substance of what is announced.
[The prefix (apo) distinctly “looks back” to the cause (occasion) of the announcing which gives 518 (apaggéllō) a distinct nuance-application in each case. This makes sensitivity to the context essential to properly understanding the force of 518 (apaggéllō) in each of its occurrences.]

John starts his message with Theos, which is used when it refers to God the creator and owner of all things. It also indicates one of God’s qualities. God is light. Not just light itself but the source of light. This is not just physical light, but also spiritual illumination to truth. Light is also an indication of holiness and as such refers also to the holiness of God.

John further tells us there is no darkness at all. Darkness is the Greek word scotia which is used as darkness or figuratively for spiritual darkness. HELPS further illustrates this as follows:

Cognate: 4653 skotía (a feminine noun) – darkness, a brand of moral, spiritual obscurity (i.e. which blocks the light of God when faith is lacking). See also 4655 /skótos (“darkness”).

At all is οὐ and is used to negate a statement as a fact. in this case it refers to darkness.

Observation: John is giving of the message of whom he is writing. Jesus Christ. John had used light in gospel on numerous occasions to Jesus and here parallels this to God the Father. God is light. In John 1:1-9, John writes:

1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 All things were created through Him,
and apart from Him not one thing was created
that has been created.
4 Life was in Him,
and that life was the light of men.
5 That light shines in the darkness,
yet the darkness did not overcome
6 There was a man named John
who was sent from God.
7 He came as a witness
to testify about the light,
so that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the light,
but he came to testify about the light.
9 The true light, who gives light to everyone,
was coming into the world.

He has already established in his Gospel that Jesus is the light of the world. He is the source of our illumination and here he is reminding that Jesus, being God, is light and there is no darkness in Him at all. Just as the Father is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. God has given us a message of hope and truth. He has revealed this to us through scripture, as well in the person of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. To sum it up God is light; in there is no darkness at all. We have the ability to understand spiritual truth, but our own knowledge is not the way to understanding. It is God who brings us to this place of understanding as He illuminates His message and gives us understanding.

Father, today we simply say thank you. For You are our source of light, truth, illumination, understanding and hope. You have shown us that we are sinful people and in our rebellion, sin and darkness we cannot understand. But in your mercy you have shined your light in the darkness. Praise be to you, and Glory be to God, for we do not deserve your mercy. But in your goodness, You have given it. In the name of Jesus we pray, amen.

God bless you,

Steadfast

 

 

1 John 1:4

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1 John 1:4

And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

In verse 4, John gives us the reason for why the scriptures were recorded. He starts out stating “and we”, which is referring to the authors of scripture. The next part of the sentence tells the means, “are writing”. The Greek word here is graphó which is defined in this sense as to write to one, to give information; direction to the intended audience.

“These things” is the Greek word tauta which is an accusative form of the pronoun houtos. This returns back to the subject in which the author is writing about as indicated in the previous verses, the person of Jesus Christ.

So that is a conjunction, which tells us that there is a purpose to this as well. This is the last part of the sentence. “our joy may be complete”. Let me jump to last word first. That word is complete, which is the Greek word pléroó. This means to perfect or consummate, to make complete in every particular, to render perfect.

Joy is the noun here. It is the Greek word chara. Helps explains this word as follows:

Cognate: 5479 xará (another feminine noun from the root xar-, “extend favor, lean towards, be favorably disposed”) – properly, the awareness (of God’s) grace, favor; joy (“grace recognized”).

When I think of Joy, I tend to look at it as it is defined in modern English:

a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

When Webster defined joy in the 1828 edition, it seems so much deeper and more complete than how modern English defines it. It states:

JOY, noun
1. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; that excitement of pleasurable feelings which is caused by success, good fortune, the gratification of desire or some good possessed, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exultation; exhilaration of spirits.
JOY is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good.
Bring heavenly balm to heal my country’s wounds,
JOY to my soul and transport to my lay.
2. Gayety; mirth; festivity.
The roofs with joy resound.
3. Happiness; felicity.
Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy
4. A glorious and triumphant state.
–Who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross. Hebrews 12:2.
5. The cause of joy or happiness.
For ye are our glory and joy 1 Thessalonians 2:19.
6. A term of fondness; the cause of you.
JOY, verb intransitive To rejoice; to be glad; to exult.
I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:18.
JOY, verb transitive To give joy to; to congratulate; to entertain kindly.
1. To gladden; to exhilarate.
My soul was joyed in vain.
2. To enjoy; to have or possess with pleasure, or to have pleasure in the possession of. [Little used. See Enjoy.]

John uses the word chara once in each of his epistles, and 7 times in his gospel

1 John 1:4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

2 John 1:12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

John 3:29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.

John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

John 16:21-22 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

John 16:24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

John 17:13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

Observation: Joy is the reason these letters were written. It wasn’t a sense of pleasure or happiness that the world says we get as a result of what we do, it was to convey the message of hope that they had received. Joy is not a feeling that comes from within, it is something given to us from God. It is our hope in Jesus Christ. The Jews were waiting for there Messiah and He came, his name is Jesus and He said He is coming again. John bore witness to this first coming and as a result this filled him with Joy. He had seen Jesus with his eyes, heard him with his ears and touched him with his hands, the very promise of God was in front of him. We have a hope as well and it is the testimony of these men known as the apostles. They are sharing their joy with us, that we may partake in the joy given to them, by God. As a result this fruit of the Holy Spirit, joy, would be made perfect in them, and will be made perfect in us. They shared the message of Jesus Christ, so we could have it today, and that we may pass it on to others in our lifetime.

Father, thank You for Your faithful followers through out the years. These men and women that shared the hope You gave them. That shared the way You moved in their lives that we might see You, hear you and touch You. That we would have a hope to grab onto and that in this hope joy would fill us. That we will see the glory of God one day. Whether it is when this life fades or when Jesus returns again, we will see You. Thank You for the mercy given to us on the cross, the grace given to us in that moment of history. That we, a rebellious, sinful people, can have fellowship with You. Lord we don’t deserve it, but You have given us a way to return to the throne. Thank you, in Jesus name amen.

God bless you,

Steadfast

 

1 John 1:3

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1 John 1:3

that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

John is continuing his prior thought by telling us the reason for his writing. He again uses the word horaó for seen, and akouó for heard. The order is reversed compared to verse one, which may or may not have significance. I believe that God is intentional in not only what is said as scripture declares, but how it is said. In Romans 10: 17 Paul makes the statement “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” The apostles first heard of Jesus, then they saw Him. Now John states this is what and who we saw, as well as what we heard. Their experience with God, as well as their understanding of Him, which came from Him not from someone else. The reason for this book is now given, and it is so that we may have. May have is the word echo, which means to have to hold or to possess. Fellowship is what is being given. The word here is koinonia –  HELPS states that in its proper meaning, it is what is shared in common as the basis of fellowship (partnership, community). These men who are sharing these words with us had fellowship with Christ. They heard His claims, they saw His works, they followed in His footsteps even to death. John reiterates that because of Jesus they are indeed in fellowship with the Father. The word indeed is kai which is a definitive article. This isn’t an alternative, it joins the statements together. In John 10 there is the words of Christ in which he makes his claims of equality with the Father.

I and the Father Are One

22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me,26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.30 I and the Father are one.”

31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken—36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.

These very claims were the thing that infuriated the Jews, and now these men who witnessed what happened were sharing the account of Jesus, so that we may be part of the fellowship with them, and ultimately with the Father and His Son, Jesus.

Observation: I wonder how many of us today would be willing to not only grab hold of something so definitive and not only “believe” it, but risk your life to proclaim it? I myself wonder to what lengths would I go? I believe the words of Christ and His claims. They are not exclusive to the New Testament. In the Old Testament God delivered His people over and over, from the first account in the Genesis to the last book of the Tanach in Chronicles. God is with His people. Jesus spoke from the Old Testament as these books spoke of Him. His claims were things the Jews of the day were very familiar with and that was what infuriated them. God gave them laws which were intended to separate His people from the gentiles. In the New Testament it is a person, who is the Word come to flesh that causes division. That is the name of the one in whom we are to believe, Jesus. God has not changed His way, He has simply made it clear. And it making it clear it sets His people apart. They are different from the unbelieving world and this was His design for us from the beginning. Some would say God is unfair to have only one way. But should we not be thankful that He gave us a way? He gave the way in the garden and continued to give a way through the Old Testament. In the New Testament that way was first paved by the apostles and the early church who believed in God’s word and saw it manifested in the Son of God. They became His followers and lived in community with God. We can be part of the community of God and have fellowship with Him because of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and what was accomplished on our behalf.

Father, thank You that You have so patiently and mercifully dealt with us, as we in our rebellion, can be saved. These are Your words Lord, and if we seek the truth, You will give it to us. It has been revealed to us in scripture and the Holy Spirit confirms it within us. I thank you personally Lord, for You have been faithful to me, a sinner, who denied You over and over again. I praise You that in Your mercy You showed me the path to redemption from my fallen place. Thank You. In Jesus name, amen.

God bless you,

Steadfast

1 John 1:2

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1 John 1:2

the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—

The life here is the physical being and the spiritual being, our present and future existence. It was made manifest, or to be made visible, make clear. This is Greek word  phaneroó, which has its origin in another Greek word phós. Phós is a light or source pf light, properly phaneroó also can mean to illuminate, or become apparent (graspable). John says we, referring to the apostles have seen it – this life. This is more than physical seeing, it is metaphorically to see with the mind or to perceive with spiritual perception. These words that were written by the apostles are the testimony or witness and this is there report. It is an announcement as well as a declaration of the eternal, unending physical and spiritual existence. This existence which was with, or towards the Father. With speaks of extension toward a goal, with implied interaction or reciprocity, with “presumed contact and reaction” It is the word (prós) and naturally suggests the cycle of initiation and response. It can also mean “in view of,” or “in light of, but never “against,” except where the context indicates an active exchange (interface) done in opposition. Father is the one who imparts life and is committed to it. It is also the one in whom we have the potential for likeness. In this case our Heavenly Father. John uses the phrase made manifest again, reminding us that there was a revealing. It was again not just physical sight, but spiritual illumination.

Conclusion: John twice reminds us in this verse, that this was not something they intellectually understood on their own, but something that was revealed to them. As I was reading this God reminded me of further in 1 John where it says there are three that testify. One of the three is the Spirit. Since these words were inspired by the Spirit, it is not just the testimony of the apostles but of God himself. The Spirit is the source of illumination, the One who brings things from more than mere knowledge of God. This revealed life, to whom they saw and bear witness. This physical yet eternal being, that John is writing about is Jesus Christ. There is so much depth to these statements, for it speaks of the physical person and experience they had with Him. But it also talks of their minds being opened or illuminated to the truth of who Jesus is.

Father, these are the words that came from You. This is the hand of men inspired by Your Spirit. You gave them the experience of walking with Jesus, and have given us the privilege to read the testimony of Jesus. We have words of truth that if we would just press in to you, you would make them known to us. Lord let Your Words be revealed to us by the Spirit of Truth, that we would have more than knowledge but rather You would illuminate it within us. That we also would see. The eternally existent Jesus, who came from heaven, died for our sin and  has returned to heaven where He lives today with You. Lord there are things which can seem to be a mystery, let us be ok with the revelation that we will not understand all things. Illuminate our hearts and our minds to know that there are things that are beyond our comprehension and give us the faith to know that just because we cannot comprehend, it does not indicate it is not true. In the name of the one who sits at your right hand, Jesus. Amen

God bless you,

Steadfast