Interpretation of the Following Biblical Passages: 1 John 1, 1 John 3, and 1 John 5

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1 John 1
John begins with a statement concerning his testimony: he has seen the Word of life with his own eyes and he has heard Jesus’ words personally. This is important to the readers of the letter who are probably already among those who never had that opportunity. God came down to earth in the form of His son, Jesus Christ; it is a powerful thing that John is testifying to here. I like the way John says that he writes this to ‘make his joy complete’. It is as if he can’t help sharing what he knows about Jesus, and he delights in the knowledge that he can bless their lives too. He urges us to walk in the light as He is in the light. What is it about light here? To me it says something about living open lives, lives of which we
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All this time we are striving to become more like Jesus in our lives but its hard graft; we’re constantly fighting against our sinful nature and the corruption of the world we live in. But John seems to be speaking here of a moment of transformation - when our lives are renewed in a way we can’t imagine and all that is imperfect is gone. In the meantime, John emphasizes that we – as children of God – shouldn’t be continuing in sin. This seems obvious but I definitely need this kind of reminder, as sin often becomes so ingrained that we barely notice its presence in our lives. John returns to his exhortation to love one another; Jesus said this was the most important commandment. This is because if we love someone completely then everything else falls naturally into place, for love is part of all the rest of the fruits of the Spirit. In this respect, John points out that if we claim to have love but our actions belay that, then we are deceiving ourselves. Love isn’t a passive feeling; it should influence everything we do. John ends with a reassurance to those who feel condemned in their hearts. God is greater than our hearts. He knows us completely and still chooses to live in us through His Holy Spirit.
1 John 5

John’s style here – as elsewhere – can seem very repetitious. I take this as a sign though that he wants us to remember the essentials. John says God’s commands are not

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