Tag: deceiving ourselves
Scripture reading for November 30th: 1st John 1:1-10
John was the disciple ‘whom Jesus loved’. John was the youngest of the disciples and one of the three who were in Christ’s inner circle, along with Peter and his brother James. John was given the assignment of care of Jesus’ mother as Jesus was on the cross. (John 19:25-27) In his later years, (approximately 90 A.D.) John wrote these short letters to his ‘dear children’ encouraging them to grow and endure in their faith.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have see with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life. The Life appeared; we have seen It, we proclaim to you the Eternal Life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy full.” (1st John 1:1-4)
John writes about his own personal encounter with Jesus. It was a first-hand encounter that was on-going even at the time of the writing. He wanted his children in the faith to enjoy fellowship with him and with Jesus Christ and the Father. This would make his joy complete! This sounds like Jesus! (John 15:9-11) Knowing Jesus and the Father is eternal life! (John 17:3)
“This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 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, purifies us from all sin.” (John 1:5-7)
John’s message wasn’t original with him. He got it from Jesus and passed it on! If we claim to have fellowship with Jesus, we can’t go on walking in darkness and sin. That would be a lie! Jesus is the light of the world! (John 8:12) If we truly have fellowship with Jesus, we will walk with Him and confess our sins in true repentance! Are you walking in the light of true fellowship? Does your life show it?