1 John 1:5-9
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 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. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

Sometimes I wonder what it must’ve been for the apostles to live with the Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and to serve Him? What a privilege that God chose them over the wise and the learned men of Israel to be His own disciples. Imagine their self-doubt when they were called to share the good news of Jesus to the world that had just killed their messiah! Even with all the opposition, they lived lives that showed their real belief in Jesus Christ and eventually succumbed to their beliefs by dying painful deaths themselves. In all of the Bible, there seems to be no great earthly benefit of following Christ and add to that today’s passage that confuses us about our righteousness. What is God saying to us?We read in Genesis 1:3-5 how God brought light into this world and this light is not from the sun or moon or stars which came about only on day four. The light in reference here is Jesus Christ who brought truth into the darkness of this world. When we call ourselves Christians, we are professing to be followers of the truth and therefore living in anything but the truth would question the foundation of our belief. However, we are reminded that we are sinful at the very core right from birth and our salvation is because of God’s graciousness. Therefore we will always be sinners saved by God’s grace alone. We need to seek God’s forgiveness continually because our flesh craves darkness and God who loves us dearly is willing to forgive us. Our salvation is not an open ticket to live in sin but a confirmed ticket to heaven resting on God’s graciousness and our acknowledgment of sinfulness. Are you saved by God’s grace alone or still living on the myth of being the master of your own destiny?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

John 8:12 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.”
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Comments
  1. Faberero says:

    Like olwez,a very inspiring and awakening post.may He continue to inspire and bless u

  2. So good to get my truth boost here. Thank you for sharing Jesus, the truth and light, with us today. God bless you! deb

  3. Vineet, This is one of my favorite verses: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” This verse comes to mind when I think of specific behaviors that people (and even the church sometimes) argue are not really sins because somebody was born that way. We were all born with a sinful nature. If we claim this behavior or that is not a sin, it is the same as claiming we are without sin, and the truth is not in us. Thanks for sharing this great devotion based an a truly awesome section of scripture. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Linda,
      You are right about how many christians today try to explain away actions but the reality is God judges us, not man and even if we win the heart of men, we certainly have no hope of mercy with God. If I am to know what is good in God’s sight, I just need to look at the life and teachings of His son Jesus to get my gauge and it is always black and white with no shades of grey! Thank you for your comment and for being such an encourager.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  4. Mike says:

    I am not trying to be argumentative, as I do agree we are rotten to the core and in need of a Savior. But 1 John 1:1-10 was not addressed to believers. If you put it in it’s historical context, which we seem to do with all verses but this one, we can see that John is addressing the Gnostics who are among the believers of that church. These letters would be read aloud to everyone there. Believers & Gnostics (gnostics thought they were believers too). Notice he does not start out the letter with “Dear Children” until chapter 2?

    If you research online or with any Bible history book, you can see I am not making this up. His letters were to encourage true believers & combat gnostic thought. Everything Gnostics believed, he addresses in the first chapter. Gnostics believed all physical matter was evil; therefore Christ couldn’t have had a body, thus making the crucifixion a myth. In their minds, Christ was not a human being, but a phantom. They also believed it was not sinful, but normal to practice pious religion and immorality simultaneously! Gnostics believed they had no sin; so they needed no forgiveness.

    Once we understand Gnostic thought, 1 John chapter 1 makes complete sense. I always used to wonder, why John would accuse Christians of saying they had no sin. Why would you come to Christ if you felt you had no sin? Of course we think we have sin! Look at chapter 2 where he tells believers (children) what happens if we do sin! “But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” What great news!! We are already forgiven if we are in Christ! If we do sin, we don’t ask for forgiveness, since we were already made righteous the moment we placed faith in Christ as our Savior from sin! It tells us Jesus speaks to the father in our defense! No repeated forgiveness necessary.

    There are many places you can do more research about this if you choose. And no, this is not a license to sin. A true believer would never view it that way. Paul said, “may it never be!” Do we agree with God that we are sinners? Of course! Do we respond to the Holy spirit when he convicts us? Of course! But do we constantly need to ask for forgiveness for our sins? No, all of our sins have been forgiven! That’s why the gospel message is such great news!!

    http://www.realanswers.net/realaudio/forgiveness.htm
    http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=58478

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Mike

      Thank you for taking the time and putting the effort to research this chapter/book. What you shared is certainly well communicated and I do not believe it is argumentative, rather it is to clarify what God’s word speaks and the word of God reminds in Proverbs 27:17 that as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. I read your comments with an open heart and thought I must respond.

      The start of this letter certainly is not directed at any person but rather is a declaration that John makes, much like in John 1 or in 1 John 3 or in Revelation 1. John likes to establish at the forefront of his letters what he believes and is convicted by and therefore states that. The point about this letter being addressed to Gnostics is certainly true as much as it was addressed to anyone who did not have any specific belief also. I do understand (marginally) Gnostic belief and therefore concur with you on what John’s direction was with relation to this letter.

      The last bit that you mentioned so well was about asking for forgiveness. Yes, we are saved when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and nothing can change that. However, when the disciples who were faithful followers of Jesus asked Jesus how to pray, He clearly taught them the Lord’s prayer where He stated “Forgive us our sins” and this prayer was not said before they accepted Christ but after.

      We are saved and righteous in the eyes of God once our sins are atoned for by the blood of Jesus when we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour but we need to understand the relationship we have with God as that of a father to a son. Once saved, we will be his child forever based on the blood of Christ but we like children must not do things that will bring God hurt and if we do, we need to ask for forgiveness. The Holy Spirit brings to mind our brokenness that we need to ask God for forgiveness for and therefore I said that we need to ask God for forgiveness.

      I praise God for the salvation He provides through his son, Jesus Christ, to us and I agree with you that is it the best news ever!

      In Christ,
      Vineet

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