I once heard the story of a little boy who was taken to a new Sunday
School class by his parents. His mother told him, “They will play some
games, sing songs and then you will be introduced to Jesus.” When he
came home his father asked him how he got along in Sunday Sch … More
In contrast to this story we find John had a message he wanted all to hear. He would not be guilty of withholding vital information from the child of God (vv. 1-2). There are three key words found in this message of I John. They are life, light and love. There are those who tell us that Jesus was a man but was not God. John makes no mistake in his identification of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Son of the Father, the son of God (v. 3). If a man is wrong about Jesus Christ, he is wrong about God, because Jesus Christ is the complete and final revelation of God to men.
In the very beginning of this chapter John writes down his objective in writing to these people. The first thing he wants to do is produce fellowship with men and fellowship with God (v. 3). John had been an eyewitness to Jesus ministry while the readers of this letter had not seen or heard Jesus themselves but they could trust that what John wrote was accurate. Though we have not personally seen, heard or touched Jesus, we have the new Testament record of His eyewitnesses.
The second thing he wants to do is to bring joy to his people (v. 4). The simple fact is that if men are ever to have true joy as they seek fellowship with God and man, they must find it in Jesus Christ. It is not possible for us in our natural life to have fellowship with God. We cannot fellowship with God unless we have God’s life. The major thrust of this epistle is that Christ really exists and that believers can really have fellowship with Him. Some Christians appear to live as if Christ doesn’t exist.
John writes about having fellowship with other believers. If I am to have true Christian fellowship it must be grounded in God’s Word and through a living relationship with Jesus Christ.
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I John 1:1-4Is your fellowship grounded in God’s Word?
I John 1:5-7What effects your relationships?
I John 1:8-10Sins’ reality and remedy
I John 2:1-6Tests of true knowledge
I John 2:7-11God’s people are to love one another
I John 2:12-14Three categories of believers
I John 2:15-17Worldliness is a matter of the heart
I John 2:18-22The opponent of Christ
I John 2:23-27Jesus and God are one
I John 2:28-29Twisting the Scriptures
I John 3:1-3A clear description of God’s Children
I John 3:4-8Reasons why Jesus died on the cross
I John 3:9-12I have two dogs living in me
I John 3:11-16Don’t be surprised if the world hates you
I John 3:17-18Love is an action, not a feeling
I John 3:19-24Doctrine and love are both needed
I John 4:1-3Don’t believe everything you hear
I John 4:4-6Sure tests for true teaching
I John 4:7-12Love is an action
I John 4:13-21Pretending is not a mark of maturity