Friday, December 26, 2008

If -- Then!

December 26: 1 John 1-5

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 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. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:5-10

If--Then!

In studying Geometry, one often learns rules of theorems to discover mathematical proofs. If this is true, then that is true; or if this is true, then that cannot be true. 1 John 1:5-10 is somewhat like those geometric theorems. Look at the five "If -- Thens" in these verses.

*If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, [then] we lie and do not practice the truth.

It is quite clear from this statement that true fellowship with God means we cannot walk in darkness--or the sins of this world. In other words, we, therefore, do not practice the truth.

*But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, [then] we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Here again, we find that if we walk in the same light as God, we have fellowship with other believers and can be assured that the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. Again, walking faithfully with God is represented by walking in the light.

*If we say we have no sin, [then] we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Now that is pretty straight forward! No one, on this side of heaven, except for the Lord Jesus Christ, has ever or will ever be able to say they have no sin. If we really believe we have no sin, we have deceived ourselves and do not understand the truth--or reality!

*If we confess our sins, [then] he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

What a remarkable promise. The one who falls before God, confessing his sins, is assured of being cleansed from those sins by the faithful forgiveness of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is truly a matter of the heart, is it not? If our heart condemns us, we have the hope of redemption from that condemnation through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ done on our behalf. Who is this Lord Jesus Christ? The Lord Jesus Christ is the only man who walked on this earth without committing one sin! Jesus Christ, the perfect God-man, who knew no sin, became sin for us!

*If we say we have not sinned, [then] we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

This statement is very similar to the third one shown above, but goes a step farther. Because God has said that all men have sinned, we make Him a liar when we say that we have not sinned. This unbelief is proof that the Word of God is not in us!

Five little "If--Then!" statements tucked away in the first chapter of 1 John! Read them, study them, pay attention to them! Your very life depends upon it!

God Bless You,
Linda

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