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Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 232/260: Read 1 John 1

What a great blessing the blood of Christ is to His followers! John says Jesus’ blood “cleanses us from all sin”—but there is a caveat. We are only cleansed “if we walk in the light.”

We must not take it upon ourselves to decide how to live, or to guess at what pleases God. He tells us what He expects! Jesus called Himself “the light of the world” in John 8:12, saying, “He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Following Christ means following the inspired Word. The Psalmist declared, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). Those who refuse to spend time discovering God’s will in His Word have no fellowship with Him. John equates it to walking in darkness.

God’s blessings are infinitely abundant, but we must keep in mind that His promises are absolutely conditional on our actions. Do you want your sins covered by the blood of Christ? Be faithful. Follow His doctrine. Walk in the light. When you realize your shortcomings (and you will as you read the Bible!), don’t make excuses. Make changes.

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Pray

Pray for the strength to recognize the sin in your life, the wisdom to repent, and the humility to beg for the forgiveness offered through Christ’s sacrifice.

Walking in God’s Light

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1 John 1:5-2:2

I. “GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL” (1 John 1:5)

    A. God is light

      1. The Father of lights (James 1:17)
      2. The Creator of light (Genesis 1:3)
      3. Dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16)
      4. Calls us into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)

    B. Darkness is the realm of Satan (Ephesians 6:11-12; Colossians 1:3; Ephesians 5:8)

II. SIX “IF” STATEMENTS

    A. “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” (1 John 1:6; Matthew 6:2,5,16; Galatians 2:11-13)
    B. “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 Jn 1:7)
    C. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8; Galatians 6:3; James 1:22)
    D. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
    E. “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10; Romans 3:23)
    F. “And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1a)

III. WHAT WE HAVE AS A RESULT OF WALKING IN GOD’S LIGHT

    A. Fellowship (1 John 1:7)
    B. Cleansing (1 John 1:7,9; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 1:20)
    C. Forgiveness (1 John 1:9)
    D. An Advocate who serves as the propitiation (1 John 2:1-2; 4:9-10)

Why Did John Write?

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1 John 1:1-4

I. “THAT YOUR/OUR JOY MAY BE FULL” (1 John 1:4)

    A. Divine fellowship (1 John 1:3; 1:7; 3:24)
    B. God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9)
    C. Brotherly love (1 John 4:7-11)
    D. Your teachers rejoice in your faithfulness

II. “THAT YOU MAY NOT SIN” (1 John 2:1)

    A. “Because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake” (1 John 2:12; Romans 5:20-6:2; Psalm 103:12)
    B. “Because you have known Him who is from the beginning” (1 John 2:13,14; John 17:3)
    C. “Because you have overcome the wicked one” (1 John 2:13,14; 4:4; 5:4-5)
    D. “Because you have known the Father” (1 John 2:13; Jeremiah 31:33-34)
    E. “Because you are strong and the word of God abides in you” (1 John 2:14; 2 John 1:9)

III. “THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, AND THAT YOU MAY CONTINUE TO BELIEVE IN THE NAME OF THE SON OF GOD” (1 John 5:13)

    A. How does one acquire faith? (Romans 10:17)
    B. Eternal life is a promise from the Father to the faithful (1 John 2:25; Titus 1:2; John 17:1-3)
    C. The Spirit inspired the Word to produce faith in us (John 17:20; 20:30-31)