1 John 1:1-2:2

(1:1-4) John wants to have fellowship with us, and he wants us to be able to enjoy fellowship with God. There is only one way that can happen: we need to believe in Jesus because it’s only through Him that we have eternal life. So John testifies to us about Jesus and assures us that we can trust his testimony because it’s firsthand. He and the other disciples walked with, talked with, and touched Jesus. Nothing will bring John more joy that others believing his testimony! Shouldn’t we have that same joy when others believe?

Luke 15:7 “I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent.”

(1:5-2:2) This is the gospel: God is light (He is holy), and we are in darkness (we are sinners). When we confess our sins, we are forgiven and cleansed because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Once we are believers we behave differently, and John is writing these words to remind us to live holy lives and to enjoy fellowship with other Christians. But we aren’t perfect yet. We can still sin, but when we do, we recognize it and understand that it’s wrong. Confession at this point is relational, not salvific. When we first believe, the eternal consequence for our sin are removed. Later sin affects our day-to-day relationship with God. That’s why we need to continue to confess, even after salvation.

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