Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to be the incarnation of You. Through Your Word, please shape my understanding of Christ so that I may walk in His light. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Read 1 John 1-2
1 John 1:1–4 Rather than address the false teaching about Jesus by saying, “Hey guys, Jesus was fully God and fully human!” John begins his letter by establishing the Son’s “God-ness.” Obviously, no mere man has been “from the beginning.” He goes on to remind his readers that the divine nature of Christ wasn’t something Christians made up; Jesus was revealed to us as the eternal “Word of life.”
1 John 1:1–10 John quickly outlined how sinful human beings can be in a right relationship with God; in short, they must consistently ask for forgiveness and “walk in the light.” Not only does this establish our connection to God, it’s the foundation of our connection to God’s people. Jesus is the pathway that gives us access to God and to the fellowship of His church.
DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD!
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1 John 2 So we see that life in Christ is more than just an internal attitude; it always affects our behavior. This means our relationship with God is demonstrated through our obedience. The challenge comes from the world, which threatens our relationship with God and His people by enticing and distracting us. If we see things through the world’s eyes, we won’t see things from God’s perspective. John reminds us of the simple truth that we must remain in Christ and be faithful to Him alone.
1 John 1:6-7
6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.7 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 cleanses us from all sin.
- What does it mean to be “in Christ” (2:5–6)? Are you in Christ? How would anyone know whether or not you are?
- In what ways do you “love the world” (2:15)? How is Christ the antidote for the world’s fleeting attraction?
- Spend an extended time with God today. Meditate on 1 John 1:5–9, confessing personal sin and expressing gratitude for God’s forgiveness.
- It’s been said that sin is the result of believing lies. On a piece of paper divided into three columns, list in the left-hand column any of Christ’s commands that you struggle to obey. In the center column, beside each item in your list, write out the lie you’ve been believing that has led to your disobedience. In the third column, write out God’s truth from Scripture that addresses this sin.