Category Archives: 1 John

1 John 1:1, 3-4

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
1 John 1:1‭-‬4 NLT

http://bible.com/116/1jn.1.1-4.NLT

Psalm 32:1 Forgiving Past Sins

How blessed is he

whose transgression is forgiven,

Whose sin is covered!


1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


We are blessed in Christ.  We have been forgiven and our sins covered and purposefully forgotten by God.  Praise Him with every breath for His great mercy!

However, those same sins that have been forgiven, are also not forgotten by us.  It’s comforting to know that we’ve been forgiven on an eternal level, but those sins are very much alive in our own memories.  Forgiving ourselves is a much slower process.

Just when we think we’ve finally dealt with the last bit of residual feelings about our past sins…BAM!  Something brings it all up again and the memories are just as fresh as if they happened yesterday.

Of course this doesn’t hold true for all past sins, but there are a few still lingering in the background that just won’t seem to fade completely.

God forgives us, should we ignore our past sins, pretend like they didn’t happen?

Sometimes we can go back and try and make things right.  Sometimes we can’t.  Sometimes revisiting the past would lead to a bigger sin in the present.  Sometimes the past is best left alone.  Each sin bears it’s own weight of responsibility.  Some sins are shared between people and some are owned solely by one person.  It can seem like a mine field determining the best course of action to take.

Ultimately, if we can make amends for our part in the sin, without danger, we should do so.  It’s up to each person to define “danger” though.

When we reach the end of what “we” can do, we go back to God (as many times as necessary).  Through on-going prayer we work through the residual feelings we might have.  Even though God forgets our sin and will not bring it up again, He is our Father, our Creator, He knows our hearts and minds… and only through Him can we find peace.

1 John 5

1 John 5

John begins this chapter by giving a description of “who” believers are.

Believers in Jesus Christ are born of God, love the children of God, love the Father and keep His commandments, overcome the world by faith, believe that Jesus the Christ is the Son of God.

Then John goes on to describe the One who overcame the world, Jesus. The one who came by water and by blood (see commentaries below). I’m not going to research John’s meaning of “came by water and blood” any further because out of 4 commentaries I looked up, all four either said different but similar things. John’s meaning here is clearly in debate and will be forever as John is no longer here to settle the matter.

verse 4

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world -our faith

overcomes

The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon http://www.biblestudytools.com

 Strong’s Number:   3528
Original Word Word Origin
nikao from (3529)
Transliterated Word TDNT Entry
Nikao 4:942,634
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
nik-ah’-o Verb
 Definition
  1. to conquer
    1. to carry off the victory, come off victorious
      1. of Christ, victorious over all His foes
      2. of Christians, that hold fast their faith even unto death against the power of their foes, and temptations and persecutions
      3. when one is arraigned or goes to law, to win the case, maintain one’s cause

Resources » Reformation Study Bible » 1 John » 1 John 5:6

1 John 5:6

5:6 by water and blood. Some suggest that the water refers to the baptism of Jesus and the blood to the Crucifixion. This is unlikely, since John in his Gospel does not directly recount the baptism of Jesus. Others suggest that “water and blood” refers to the two sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. This is also unlikely, since John does not recount the institution of the sacraments in his Gospel. The difficult saying of this verse probably reflects John 19:34. In John’s Gospel, the testimony God bears to Jesus His Son is a key theme. The blood and water that flowed from Jesus after His death attested to the reality of His death; the wound in Jesus’ side later confirmed the reality of His bodily resurrection (John 20:20, 25–27). Both the death and the resurrection were denied by the docetists, who denied the humanity of Christ (4:2).

Resources » The IVP New Testament Commentary Series » 1 John » Walking in the Light: Belief and Love (4:1—5:12) » Testimony to the Son (5:6-12)

Testimony to the Son (5:6-12)

  • The Spirit’s Witness to the Son (5:6-9)
  • The “Blood and Water” Witness to Jesus Christ (5:6)
  • God’s Witness to the Son (5:10-12)

To what source of authority ought today’s Christians turn in trying to settle disputed matters of the faith? To the guidance of the Holy Spirit? The confessions of the church? Events of history? The personal testimony of believers? The Scriptures? Some Christians would be tempted, perhaps, to say immediately “to Scripture”—and only to Scripture. Others would choose another of the options above, or perhaps some combination of them, always granting Scripture pride of place. In this regard 1 John is especially instructive, for in settling the christological debate in its community it never appeals to the Old Testament, and it cannot appeal to the New Testament, which did not yet exist as a collection of documents. But the present passage, in trying to underscore the importance of confession of Jesus, does appeal to the guidance of the Spirit, to a christological formula preserved by the community, to the word of reliable individuals and to the events of history. Here, then, we learn how the author sees a historical event, the inspiration of the Spirit and the teaching of the church all joining together in bearing a common witness to the truth.

The topic of discussion in 5:6-12 is appropriate confession about Jesus (compare 4:2). Here the desired confession is that Jesus Christ is the one who came by water and blood. But exactly what it means to say that Jesus came by water and blood remains as much a matter of debate today as it probably was in John’s own time!

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So when John says .. came by water and blood… many opinions surface as to what people believe he meant. And the sad fact is…no one alive today knows exactly what John meant when he wrote that verse.

7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. 10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. 11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life

3 who testify – the Spirit (Holy Spirit), the water and the blood

I’m going to go out on a limb and say John is speaking of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit here.

Here John makes sure to relate that God’s testimony of His Son is greater than man’s. And he goes on to relate that believers have this truth inside them (indwelling of the Holy Spirit = Truth).

Those that don’t believe God’s testimony are basically calling God a liar.

I don’t know about you guys…but I’m not about to call God a liar ever again. (Which is what I did for most of my life.)

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death.

Before I look up any commentaries on this, my thoughts are this. We all sin. Everyday we sin and yet the sins we commit don’t separate us from God. We are still forgiven, still covered by the blood of Christ. The little sins we commit as believers who are growing and trying to do better in Christ, don’t even register on God’s Richter scale.

There is only 1 sin I can think of that would lead to “death” and that would be if we exercised our free will and choose to someday NOT believe in Jesus the Christ, our Savior and God’s Son, and never turned back to God before we died. That would be a sin that would lead to death. I can’t imagine consciously choosing to deny God after knowing Him but that is the only thing I can think of that would lead to death.

I denied Jesus for many years but I never truly knew Him either. There was a time I thought I did, but obviously I didn’t because I never “felt” Him. My head knew of Him but my heart was not open to Him.

So I think that is what John is referring to here.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/1-john/1-john-5.html

“Every unrighteousness (even that of believers, compare 1 John 1:9 , 3:4 . Every coming short of right) is sin”; (but) not every sin is the sin unto death.
and there is a sin not unto death–in the case of which, therefore, believers may intercede. Death and life stand in correlative opposition ( 1 John 5:11-13 ). The sin unto death must be one tending “towards” (so the Greek), and so resulting in, death. ALFORD makes it to be an appreciable ACT of sin, namely, the denying Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of God (in contrast to confess this truth, 1 John 5:1 1 John 5:5 ), 1 John 2:19 1 John 2:22 , 1 John 4:2 1 John 4:3 , 5:10 . Such willful deniers of Christ are not to be received into one’s house, or wished “God speed.” Still, I think with BENGEL, not merely the act, but also the state of apostasy accompanying the act, is included–a “state of soul in which faith, love, and hope, in short, the new life, is extinguished. The chief commandment is faith and love. Therefore, the chief sin is that by which faith and love are destroyed. In the former case is life; in the latter, death. As long as it is not evident is a sin unto death, it is lawful to pray. But when it is deliberate rejection of grace, and the man puts from him life thereby, how can others procure for him life?” Contrast James 5:14-18 . Compare Matthew 12:31 Matthew 12:32 as to the willful rejection of Christ, and resistance to the Holy Ghost’s plain testimony to Him as the divine Messiah. Jesus, on the cross, pleaded only for those who KNEW NOT what they were doing in crucifying Him, not for those willfully resisting grace and knowledge. If we pray for the impenitent, it must be with humble reference of the matter to God’s will, not with the intercessory request which we should offer for a brother when erring

So this commentary is similar to what I said.. the denying of Jesus to be the Christ.

1 John 4

1 John 4

Verse 7 and through out this chapter, two kinds of love are mentioned. Agapao and Agape. When it talks about us loving one another or us loving God, it uses Agapao. When it talks about God being love or God loving us, it uses Agape. They are similar but different.

The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon

Strong’s Number: 25

Agapao

Phonetic Spelling ag-ap-ah’-o

Definition

of persons

to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly

of things

to be well pleased, to be contented at or with a thing

Strong’s Concordance

to love (in a social or moral sense)

Agapao in its perfect participle passive form is translated “beloved”

The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon

Strong’s Number: 26

Agape

Phonetic Spelling

ag-ah’-pay

Definition

brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence

love feasts

Verse 17

confidence

By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon

Strong’s Number: 3954

Parrhesia

Phonetic Spelling

par-rhay-see’-ah

Definition

freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech

openly, frankly, i.e without concealment

without ambiguity or circumlocution

without the use of figures and comparisons

free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance

the deportment by which one becomes conspicuous or secures publicity

I love these images of confidence. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because I picture standing before Jesus and actually being able to speak to Him.

This chapter begins with some good common sense to the brethren. Basically, take nothing for granted, don’t be too terribly trusting. John is telling them to open their eyes to the many Antichrist’s out there. He’s telling them to not believe everything they hear without analyzing it first (testing = analyzing or proving in Strong’s).

I like this advice. Obviously, we all employ it liberally. But this is good! We have so many more Antichrist’s today (pretty much every street corner) we can’t afford not to be critical thinkers. Faith is too important to trust to any mortal man. And that is why we have the Word of God to go by. But even if we had nothing tangible, we have the Holy Spirit who is within us to guide in correct thinking, we just have to learn to listen.

When John talks about how it wasn’t that we loved God but that He loved us. The 2 uses of the different words for love come through. Agapao is we “loved” God… Agape is He “loved” us.

God is Agape.

We may show and have Agapao but without God, we cannot have or know Agape.

One other mention here… when John talks about one can say he loves God, but if he hates his brother, he is a liar…

Brother in this chapter is more than family, it is all other believers in Christ. I wonder, is it brethren and sistren?

Anyway, I imagine a world in my mind where all believers truly have that “familial” feel to them. Can you imagine walking down the street and suddenly reaching out to hug a stranger because you just “felt” like they were a long lost relative? And what if they hugged you back just as tight and gave you a huge warm smile? How cool would that be?

I love Agape.