Bethlehem Forward, Part Two
1 John 1:5-10
- Two Resolves from Bethlehem Forward (1 John 1:5)
- There is no article in front of “light” – he is not A light nor is he THE light, he is LIGHT.
- Cross reference to 2 Corinthians 4:6, Hebrews 1:3
- Reconciled to the Light (1 John 1:6-7)
- “If we say” refers to a CLAIM. You can’t just claim to be OK with God, there is more to your salvation than that.
- “If we say” is a singular event, but “walk” is something continuously. There is a conditional IF/THEM clause. They go together.
- “Fellowship with one another” refers to community, connection, cleansing.
- Cross reference to John 8:12, 12:35, 13:34-35, 1 John 2:9, 4:12.
- Reconciled to the Savior (1 John 1:8-10)
- “Have no sin” refers to not the principle of sin but to specific individual sins.
- “Confess our sins” refers to my personal and specific sins, not a general sinfulness.
- Confession – living a life of brokenness.
Ask yourself whether you are attending or connecting. Are you in fellowship with one another? If not, you’re not doing Christianity right.
Questions for Further Discussion
- Why might it be hard for someone to admit that he or she was wrong about something?
- About what do we tend to deceive ourselves?
- When and why might someone need an attorney?
- What message did the writer hear and declare? (1 John 1:5)
- What inconsistency did John address? (1 John 1:6)
- What results from “walking in the light”? (1 John 1:7)
- How were some believers apparently deceiving themselves? (1 John 1:8)
- What is the result of confessing one’s sins? (1 John 1:9)
- In what way can a person make God out to be a liar? (1 John 1:10)
- What do you think the terms “light” and “darkness” represent?
- In what way is God similar to light?
- In what ways do we “walk in darkness”?
- How can we “walk in the light”?
- How does the promise of being purified from all sin make you feel?
- Why would someone claim that he or she was without sin?
- What can you do to make yourself spiritually clean?
- What role does the confession of sins play in your daily life?
- How important is fellowship with other believers to you?
- What steps will you take this week to walk in the light?
- What will you do to incorporate the confession of sins into your daily routine?