1 JOHN 1

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1 John 1:1-4

IT'S REAL!

 

Have you noticed how many imitation products there are on the market today? There's imitation butter, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, milk, sugar, artificial flavors, and a host of other things.

Now products are advertised as "real" butter, "real" chocolate chips, "real" sugar, "real" milk etc.

 

Not only in food products do people want what is real, but in interpersonal relationships as well. Many people are artificial. They look nice on the outside, but on the inside they can be angry or unhappy, or empty, or a bunch of "fluff".

 

We like it when people are real! When they act like they really are. We like when they do not put on "fronts", when they are sincere, honest, frank.

 

Even in religion there are those that are imitations of the real thing. They pretend or claim to have what is real, when in reality all they have is a cheap imitation.

 

Biblical Christianity is real! It's genuine! It's alive! It's sincere!

 

In 1 John 1:1-4, John is saying, "Christianity is real. There's nothing artificial about genuine Christianity."

 

REALITY WAS SEEN - Vs. 1

John reminds us at the end of this verse that reality is in a person. He calls this person "The Word of Life."

In John 1:1-2 and John 1:14 Jesus is called "the Word".

Why is Jesus called "the Word"?  Our words reveal to others just what we think and just how we feel. As "the Word" Jesus reveals to us the heart and mind of God. He is God's living communication to us, God's Word in the flesh.

 

He is called "The Word of Life". He came to earth to communicate eternal life for you and I, which is available through Him. He made this life possible through His death on the cross for our sins, and his subsequent resurrection from the dead. When a person believes on Christ, eternal life becomes a reality. 1 John 5:11-12

 

Also, when we believe on Christ we have real life, real living, right now. John 10:10

 

In verse 1 John is saying "We have heard, seen, and handled the Word of life!"

 

REALITY WAS SHOWN - Vs. 2

Reality was seen because reality was shown. The life was manifested in the Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:6

The word "manifested" means "to make visible, clear, known." John is saying that the life was made visible, and that he saw it. After John had seen the life he communicated with his readers.

 

REALITY THAT IS SHARED - Vs. 3

One way that we know that what we have is real is because it can be shared.

The key word in this verse is "fellowship". Fellowship means a partnership, a having in common, sharing.

 

I have something in common with every other person who knows Christ as Savior. I have the same Savior, the same Heavenly Father, the same Bible, the same joys, sorrows, and trials. It matters not the amount of time I've know someone, or what color a man's skin is, or what denomination a person belongs to. When we both have Christ, we have something real to share with each other.

 

Not only is our fellowship to be with each other, but also with God the Father and God the Son.  We are to abide in intimate sharing with them. In order to have real fellowship with other Christians, we must have real fellowship with God!

 

REALITY THAT IS SURE - Vs. 4

How am I sure when I have reality?

When I have real fellowship with the Lord and others, I will have joy!

A sure reality in Christ is a joyful reality, in spite of difficulties.

 

 

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1 John 1:1-4

A MESSAGE FROM JOHN

 

JOHN’S PARTICIPATION – Vss. 1-2a

1 John 1:1-2 - That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; [2] (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it… 

   

JOHN’S PROCLAMATION – Vss. 2b-3a

…and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you,

   

JOHN’S PURPOSE – Vss. 3b-4

…that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

 

 

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1 John 1:1-4

LIFE!

 

JOHN EXPERIENCED LIFE - Vss. 1-2

He heard it.

He saw it (in Christ).

He looked upon it.

He handled it.

 

JOHN EXPRESSED LIFE - Vss. 2-4

For salvation (eternal life) - Vs. 2

For Fellowship - Vs. 3

For Joy - Vs. 4

 

 

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1 John 1:5-10

IN THE LIGHT!

 

COMMUNICATION - Vs. 5 - God is light and in Him is no darkness.

CHOICES - Vss. 6-7 - We will either walk in light or darkness.

CAUTION - Vss. 8,10 - Never claim to be without sin.

CLEANSING - Vs. 9 - When we confess our sins, "coming clean" before God, naming our sins, we are forgiven and cleansed by Him.

 

 

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1 John 1:5-10

IT MATTERS

 

There are three important matters for us to consider here:

 

A MATTER OF LIGHT - Vs. 5

God is light. In Him there is no darkness!  His purity and His holiness are beyond our human comprehension.

 

A MATTER OF LIES - Vss. 6, 8, 10

1. If we claim to know Christ and our life is characterized by habitual sin, we are lying and not practicing truth. Vs. 6

2. If we claim not to sin we are fooling ourselves and lack truth. Vs. 8

3. If we to claim not to sin we are calling God a liar (Romans 3:23) and His word is not inside of us. Vs. 10

 

A MATTER OF LIFE - Vss. 7, 9

As Christians, if we walk in fellowship with God, His light will expose our sins and we will deal with them through confession. His blood will continue to cleanse us. As we walk in the light we will experience life at its finest!

 

 

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1 John 1:5-10

GOD'S BEST

 

Some people may think that Christianity is negative.  However to have God's best for our lives we must deal with the negativity of sin.

 

God's best:

NO DARKNESS - Vss. 5-7 - walking in the light

 

NO DECEIT - Vss. 8, 10 - we should not try to fool God or ourselves

 

NO DIRT - Vs. 9 - confession brings about cleansing

 

 

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