1 John 1:5-10; From the why to the What of the message we proclaim

In the first four verses of this chapter, after emphasizing the objective reality of our encounter with the Lord, John concludes by sharing the purpose for his proclamations namely, fellowship.  In verses 5-10 he now focuses on clarifying the “what” of that message.   This What forms the core and basis for our fellowships.  The ministry of “The Eternal Life” of verses 1-4 has led to a revelation that fuels new life in us.  That revelation, that message, that “What” is that “God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all” (verse 5).  The remainder of this section then beautifully spells out the practical results in our lives of relating to the God of Light.  That God is light implies that he is the (not a) source for truth.  That Jesus was/is the Eternal Life means He also is the God of Light and of absolute truth.  Our relationship with this triune God who was incarnated into our objective reality allows fellowship, the possibility of walking in truth and not in darkness, forgiveness of sin and renewal through ongoing confession of sin.  What an amazing promise of potential for those in whom God’s Word is.

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