Cleansing From Sin
Book of 1 John Chapter 1
Today as we begin a short study of three of the Books written by the Apostle John, we will see another eyewitness to many of the things of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We need also to mention that the Apostle John was writing to the church. In fact the entire Bible is written to the believer because without the Holy Spirit living inside you, you will never have a proper understanding of the Scriptures!
The Apostle John wants us to know the truth, and this was his greatest reason for writing and above all, these are the words of the Holy Spirit given to John.
John had a brother named James and with Peter it these three that witnessed the transfiguration of our Lord and the voice of God!
John was the only Apostle that lived to die of old age!
John wrote 5 books of the New Testament being, the Gospel of John, 1,2,and 3 John and the Book of the Revelation.
John addresses the spiritual beliefs of the believer.
John addresses all the Body of Christ.
John addresses sin in the church and false teachers.
John addresses our sinful world!
John addresses the Second Coming of Christ Jesus.
Let’s listen to the words of the Apostle John, given to him by the Holy Spirit.
*1Jn 1:1 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;
1Jn 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life,
John simply says that which is from the beginning which is the Holy Ghost inspired Old Testament Scriptures, are the actual words from a Sovereign and Holy God.
Most all the Jews knew of the Old Testament Scriptures and the Apostles and yes even the early church was familiar with those Scriptures!
The difference being that to John, the Lord Jesus Christ was the complete fulfillment of those Scriptures,
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John heard the actual words of Christ which never went against the Old Testament.
John saw the things that Jesus did with his own eyes.
John also witnessed things that he could not put into words.
John handled the nail scarred hands of Christ.
John handled the nail scarred feet of Jesus.
John may have even put his hand in the scarred side where that spear pierced the side of Jesus.
Notice John does not have a great introduction, John jumps right into the subject matter of this great book of the Bible.
God is not living off somewhere in outer space having forgotten His creation.
God is greatly concerned in the things of this earth.
God loves and cares for all His creation.
Remember God has not moved away from His creation, His creation has chosen to follow a false god!
The subject of this Book of 1 John is that the Son of God came to this earth to save all humanity!
We must clearly understand that the Messiah, the Son of God has always existed. He created all things. He walked in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve. He has always been living and He made Himself known by Jesus the Messiah, Jesus the Christ, or we simply say Jesus Christ!
Jesus is the exact express image of God the Father in all His ways!
Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Jesus Christ did not have a beginning because He is the beginning. He has always been!
Moses knew this truth:
Psa 90:1 A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Psa 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Jesus Christ proved He was God in many ways, yet so many reject His truth.
John, James, Peter, Paul, Mathew, Luke, Stephan, Barnabas, and so many others in the New Testament did not have a problem believing the Jesus is the Almighty God!
We are foolish not to believe the Apostles, and the other Gospel writers, who wrote by the power of the Holy Spirit!
Jesus is the “Word” because He is the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies!
Jesus is the “Word of Life”, because He has the message of eternal life!
Jesus revealed Himself to a lost and dying world, so His life could be shared with all who believed Him!
Jesus revealed Himself to us when He did not have to!
Jesus has given us all an opportunity to share in His life!
Jesus came to us in the only fashion that would be accepted in His goal for us.
Jesus, who is God, came to us in the form of man, His creation!
Jesus Christ came to His creation with a great purpose!
*1Jn 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Jn 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
Jesus Christ came to this earth to restore our fellowship with our Creator!
This is the goal of our Father in Heaven that we have an up close and personal relationship with Him.
John is saying let me tell you about my Savior.
We must understand God is concerned about His creation. God cares for each of us!
God has not left us to fend for ourselves against the wiles of the devil and the dark powers of this world!
God promises that there is much more than death and the grave in our future!
God wants to adopt us into His family and with all adoptions there must be some qualifications met!
The Lord Jesus Christ opened the door into the throne room of God, and He is waiting to welcome us with open arms!
Jesus has made us acceptable to our Heavenly Father!
We can talk to Him at any time of the day and His ears are open to hear from us.
He walks with us everywhere we go to caution us and to make us aware of our surroundings.
We can cast all our cares upon Him for He cares for us.
We can ask Him for strength to conquer our trials and tribulations, and He will supply that strength.
We can live with peace in our heart because of Him.
We can depend upon Him for His righteousness because we just do not have any ourselves.
And we can know we have been delivered from sin and death, because He gives us eternal life!
We can know our Father, by His Son, through the Holy Spirit!
Jesus Christ came that our joy would also be full!
Not worldly joy but heavenly joy.
It is the joy of the Holy Spirit.
It is joy based upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is joy, that springs from faith in the work of Christ Jesus.
It is the joy in the knowledge of future rewards.
Joh 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
We know that the world is full of darkness:
Joh_8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Joh_12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
Jesus Christ who is the light of the world has come to take us out of this dark world!
Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
You see there is no darkness in our Savior!
*1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
We know that all those called of God are to be His messengers so, what is the message they are to carry?
The Jesus Christ is the sinless Son of God who died to pay for our sin!
We must not ignore the message of God’s salvation plan!
Heb 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
Heb 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
Heb 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
It as Jesus Christ Himself who first preached the message of salvation and it was carried on by the 12 chosen Apostles, when we include the Apostle Paul!
Jesus said if you have seen Me you have seen God!
God is Light!
Light is a sign of purity.
Light is a sign of truth.
The Light reveals the nature, the meaning, and the destiny of our world, and those who live on it!
The light of Jesus Christ allows all those in darkness to walk out of the darkness into the Light of the Lord!
In fact Jesus the Light, will one day eliminate all darkness on this earth and in heaven!
Rev 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
We just finished with the Book of 2 Peter where we learned how to identify that false teacher and we can see this again here in 1 John.
*1Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
We are all just sinners saved by the “Grace” of God.
As long as we are in the flesh we will stumble occasionally and fall.
If we ask the Lord to forgive us, He will forgive us.
But If we refuse to repent of our sin and continue to walk in that sin, then we are liars if we say we belong to the Lord!
Waking in darkness is walking without the Light of God!
The Lord Jesus is light. His light shines in us by the Holy Spirit who lives within us. The Holy Spirit will not allow us to walk in darkness if we belong to our Heavenly Father.
Joh 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
Joh 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
If we continue to walk in darkness after we have claimed Jesus, then our heart was not true. It’s just that simple.
Walking in darkness is the symbol of ignorance of the truth of God, walking in error of the truth of God, and remaining in our sinful ways!
Our outward profession of faith is contrary to our inward reality!
It takes faith and that faith from a true heart!
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Joh 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
If we have truly repented of our old ways, it will show in our new walk in life!
*1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
What is the greatest misconception among all those that claim the Lord Jesus as their Savior? They believe they can have fellowship with God and still walk in sin and remain in darkness.
Walk the streets of America and most of them will claim fellowship with God but their ways say different.
Walk the halls of congress and many of them will claim fellowship with God but their votes say different.
Better still walk inside the congregation at church and you will see many who claim to know the truth but their actions outside the church say something different.
Jesus preached His message to the Jews who already worshiped God in their own way, yet they did not have the fellowship they thought they had, because they rejected the truth of the Scriptures. They rejected the Light sent down from Heaven to remove the darkness of Judaism. Not only Judaism but all known religions who remain in darkness.
Why is Jesus rejected? Because the world believes they can remain in darkness and have fellowship with God the Father, and it is impossible to do that!
That word walk means we must put forth some effort and it must be a continuous effort.
Luk_9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
We cannot confess the Lord Jesus Christ unless we walk with Him every day of the remainder of our lives!
The world remains in the dark about God because they reject the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no fellowship with God without His Son!
There is no church fellowship without the Lord Jesus Christ.
How do I walk in the Light of Jesus Christ?
*I must walk in love!
Eph 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
*I must walk in the Holy Spirit!
Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
*I must walk by faith!
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
*I must walk in newness of life!
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
*My walk must match my talk!
Rom 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
*I must walk worthy of the Lord!
Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
*I must certainly walk in truth!
3Jn 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Until we walk according to the truth of Jesus Christ how can we say we have a personal relationship with Him?
We are walking in our old sinful ways!
*1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Even after we have given our hearts to the Lord, we are still only sinners saved by the “Grace” of God.
We will still make mistakes, we will still sin. So if we think we have already reached perfection in this life we are sadly mistaken, we are still sinners, but those sins should be out of ignorance and not intentional, as best we can to live according to the Word of God!
There is only one who lived His life pleasing to the Heavenly Father. We know sin is never pleasing to God the Father, so it was only His Son who has pleased Him!
Joh 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
We are not only mistaken about our salvation we are misleading ourselves about the truth of our salvation.
In other words we do Satan’s job for Him. Satan is the great “deceiver” and we will have deceived ourselves if we believe we will sin no more.
The Lord has already given us the answer to this problem!
*1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
To be a Christian is a growing process and the Lord understands this. When we sin, and we will sin, then the sooner we get on our knees and ask for forgiveness the better off we will be.
We actually need to describe our sin to our Father in Heaven, so He will know that we know what we are asking Him to forgive us of!
This is how we grow we learn from our mistakes. Now we will still pay for those mistakes, but we will not lose our salvation as some teach.
Once the Lord is firmly in our hearts our salvation is eternal, but we still need a daily cleansing that comes from forgiveness!
Our God is righteous!
Our God is also faithful to keep the promises He makes and here it says He is faithful to forgive us.
Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Once we have been “justified” we cannot ever again be unjustified!
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
We must clearly understand God does not make mistakes, but we still cannot say our walk with the Lord will be perfect!
*1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves. If we say we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar!
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
The truth is, how could anyone say such a thing, yet there are those that do.
The word sinner is such a terrible word that most people object to being called sinners, but it is no less true!
We are all sinners and we will be as long as we are in these bodies of flesh!
There are just too many people who believe that they have been so religious all their lives, that God could not refuse to allow them in Heaven, and they are truly deceived about the truth of God.
Many are just religious perfectionists who believe they can achieve a perfect state without the Lord Jesus Christ, and this is impossible!
There are also those that believe they are just too good for God to reject them, but no one is good enough simply because we have no goodness because we have no righteousness.
Isa_64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
The only thing we have to offer God is a dirty rotten sinner in need of salvation and this is what God says so it must be true.
The sooner we agree with God and accept His plan of salvation the better off we will be.
When our name is written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life, it can never be erased!
We cannot help but sin, but praise the Lord we have a Savior!
The Lord is soon coming, and we will be going home so let’s make Him proud of His children!