Jeremiah challenged me to post sermon notes up here, but since we’re near the end of 1 John in church, I felt the need to lead into it. During the last few weeks of Bible class last year, I really dug in to the book of 1 John. It’s an awesome book, and it’s full of super practical stuff. I’ll stop rambling now and get to the notes. I would highly suggest grabbing your Bible right now and opening it to 1 John, because I can’t exactly post the whole book up here.
1 John 1
Main point #1: Word=Jesus
God’s word has been made a physical object which we are able to use, interact with, and experience on a physical, human level. Also significant here is that the Word is described as the Word of life. If you flip back to the gospel of John, you’ll see that he was referring to Jesus. He makes it abundantly clear that the Word is Jesus. He appeared, and so became manifest to all of humanity. People were able to see Him, experience Him. Jesus. The Word. We know what/who He is and what He says, and we can testify to it.
Main point #2: Walk in God’s Light
God is light. He is absolute perfection. There’s no darkness, shadow, no gray area when it comes to the things of God. That means that anyone who claims to have fellowship with Him must follow suit. If one says they have fellowship with Him, yet does not show the evidence of that, they’re lying to themselves and to God. Light and darkness don’t mix. Try lighting a candle in a completely dark room. The light will completely swallow up the darkness. It’s not like you can have like a floating orb of dark in a room that is unaffected by the presence of light. Darkness can only live in places where there is no light. So obviously, you can’t walk side by side with someone who is Light if you are living in sin and darkness. It just doesn’t work. However, that’s not to say that those who are in Christ don’t sin. We’re fallen creatures. It happens. But if we strive to walk in the Light, Christ has promised that His grace will cover us and cleanse us, allowing us to have fellowship with Him. It doesn’t mean we’ve never sinned at all, it means our sins have been paid for by the blood of Jesus.
Fact of Life: This took way longer than it was supposed to, I’m sorry. More to come soon. And when I say soon, I mean like 2 weeks maybe.