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1 John 1:5-7 Conditions for Fellowship
John defends his position and importance of the his message. At the time of his writings (epistle/ Gospel), Peter has been regarded as leader of the church. 18 “ And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:18
John Vidmar writes: "Both Catholic and Protestant scholars agree that Peter had an authority that superseded that of the other apostles. Peter is their spokesman at several events, he conducts the election of Matthias, his opinion in the debate over converting Gentiles was crucial, etc.
The early Church historian Eusebius (c. AD 325) records Clement of Alexandria (c. AD 190) as saying, "For they say that Peter and James and John after the ascension of our Saviour, as if also preferred by our Lord, strove not after honor, but chose James the Just bishop of Jerusalem."
John makes note of comparable, situational actions between Peter and himself to affirm his position as passionate, devoted follow of Christ whom developed a close bond with Jesus. His points were not intended to denigrate Peter but rather to give his writings equal attestation and authority as Peter’s.
15 “ Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.” John 18:15-16
26 “ When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” John 19:26-27
“2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.” John 20:2-4
4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. 7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” John 21:4-7
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” John 21:20-22
John’s writes apologetically to prove: 1) Though Peter had ordained position, John knew the thoughts and message of Christ because of his relationship. 2) His passion and pursuit of Christ was at the highest degree (obedient disciple). 3) Never refuted Peter’s calling and purpose but wanted their message to be regarded as equal.
5 “ This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” 1 John 1:5, 6
God is Light 1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” Genesis 1:1-3
17 “ Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 The light mentioned is a Moral Reference. John’s description of “light” is a note on Jesus’ nature.
4 “ God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:4 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. the world. John 1:4-7
8 He (John the Baptist) himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. John 1:8-9 Exodus 33:18-23 Moses’ request God could NOT reveal His glory because man was sinful. Jesus was the light!
Mixing Light and Darkness still produces darkness. Jesus was absolutely perfect: a)He Never apologized b)He Never exonerated Himself c)He constantly spoke about Himself. d)He never made a wrong statement. He lived spotless and blameless life!.
Fellowship with God John’s instructions: A Man that desires to have true communion with God will chose to walk uprightly, free from evil deeds, completely; this man will strive to walk in perfect morality. As representatives of Christ we should exemplify purity and separation from evil.
Light as Truth Light denotes Moral Perfection and Purity. Light also denotes Biblical Truth. 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Were the words spoken by Jesus always accurate? Answer: They were accurate because He spoke them. (His words always bring enlightenment). 3 What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” Romans 3:3, 4
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37 Truth- Anyone obeying Words and instruction of Jesus.
8 “ But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars —they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 All liars-not a reference to those bearing false witness but rather an all-inclusive term referencing those living contrary to God.
Author of Revelation is John. John places the highest value on the words of Jesus. Not only are they valuable teachings offering principles of life but it His words are truth, life, and light! His words are the words of God! 5 “ This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
“This is the message ‘we’ have heard from him”- John’s personal knowledge “God is light”- Only source of moral perfection and absolute accurate statements. “No darkness at all”-Reiterates no moral or sovereign imperfection. John’s statements on Jesus being light and truth prove deity of Christ!
“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” 1 John 1:6 John’s purpose in writing is to combat Gnosticism, Docetism, and other heretical views. The message is clear: true followers (fellowship) of Christ obey His words and pursue Holiness.
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, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 A genuine follower of Christ walks in truth and holiness. Sharing in these traits unites or brings fellowship with other followers. A person who denies Christ’s words or does not seek morality as Christ is “out of fellowship.”.
What is the result of striving to obey God’s Word and constantly seeking morality? -His blood purifies (cleanses) us from all sin. Katharize (καθαρίζει)- active verb meaning “I clean” “remove filth”. Present-passive and aorist-passive tense (cleanseth) indicating present work.
This teaches that the work of sanctification is a gradual and continual work. The blood of Jesus’ effect is dependent on our compliance to Scripture and desire to emulate Christ. Oral confession does not apply the blood on our lives but obedient devotion does!