1 John: Fellowship with God
No other book of the Bible talks about love as often as First John. About one in every 50 words is a form of “love”—that makes for about 52 mentions of love in just five short chapters. And it’s no surprise: love is the zenith of the salvation experience (1 Jn 3:14), and John says that God Himself is love (1 Jn 4:8).
Gospel of John Epistles of 1,2,3 John Revelation
Justification Sanctification Glorification
Penalty Power Presence
Past, Prophet Present, Priest Future, King
The cross The fellowship The crown
Saved/unsaved relationship/fellowship Salvation realized
Eternal life Abundant life/Boldness Rewards: Worth it!
Purpose of fellowship
1 John 2:5-6 But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
Obedience is not needed to be saved….. In him = abiding.
The Christian who keeps His word has a special experience of the love of God.
Love for Christ and obedience to His word are in no way a test of saving faith, despite the repeated claim by many that they are. Instead they are genuine heartfelt discipleship to Jesus.
The claim that someone abides in Christ can be verified by only by a Christ like lifestyle.
The love of God is perfected in obedient Christians…”full measure”.
Requirements of fellowship
Walk – 1 John 1:7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Instead of walking in darkness, believers should walk in the light, that is, to live in God’s presence. A believer who wants fellowship with the Lord must maintain an openness to Him and a willingness to be honest in His presence. The result of walking in the light is that believers have fellowship with one another.
Recognize – 1 John 1:8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.
Anyone who makes such a claim is self deceived.
The truth is not in us does not mean that the person in question is not saved. If the truth has its proper effect on believers, they will not fall in this trap.
Confess – 1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
If we walk in the light then we are in a position to be shown our failures. When we do we should confess. The word repentance is not used here or anywhere in this epistle. In this usage, John is talking about discovering sin while in fellowship with God, not those who have wandered away. Confession of sin enables believers to remain in fellowship with God. This verse is not meant for the unsaved. Faith is the only condition for salvation.
Test of fellowship
1 John 3:6 Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.
State vs. standing
State, we do sin.
Jesus washed the disciples feet.
Romans 7:22-23 I love God’s law with all my heart.23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
3:9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.
Standing, we are righteous, in Christ
God’s life = inward man = divine seed = born again.
3:10 children of God – boldly manifest themselves as child of God
Children of the devil – not unsaved….descriptive of nature. Any person who opposes the truth, saved or unsaved. “Peter: Get behind me Satan”.
Grace of fellowship
1 John 2:1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.
Jesus intercedes for us so that our faith will not fail. Jesus does not plead with God to keep us saved. The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable … but the faith that appropriates those gifts sometimes fails. “by grace…through faith”
Enemies of fellowship
1 John 2:15-17 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
The world = a moral and spiritual system designed to draw humanity away from the living God. Very seductive!!!!!!!!!!!
Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, the pride of life.
Abiding in Christ, abundant life, fellowship, quality life, blessings!
Promise of fellowship
1 John 2:25 And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.
Justified, Sanctified, Glorified, abundant life….eternal life….joy, peace, love, rewards!
1 John 4:17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
Perfect love casts out all fear….of judgment!
Accepted AND Approved of J
Love of God ….love of others!
Assurance of fellowship
1 John 5:13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.
Assurance of your salvation! Eternal security!
We stand on the testimony of God ….the promises of God….not our works for assurance!