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June 2011

What We have Heard and What We have Seen

"We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life..." 1 John 1:1

There are many religious people who try to convince you that what they believe is what you should believe just because they believe it.   That wasn’t the case with the disciple John.  In  1 John 1:1, he declares;   “We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life.....”

In this chapter John says he could ‘testify’ about Jesus Christ because he had actually seen and heard Him!  Awesome!

As a result of his personal experience with Jesus, and the wonderful privilege of listening to His teachings, John now has the right to express some of his beliefs.

Lets look at verses 5 to 10 in chapter 1.  In these verses John treats matters of faith in black and white categories which is in contrast to the moral relativism that characterizes much of modern life today.   He empathizes these contrasts with the expression “IF WE SAY”  three times in these six verses.

He begins in verse 5 with the declaration that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all, and then he challenges us to see the difference between claims of faith and the actual reality of our lives.

Verse 6  “IF WE SAY that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  V. 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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  V 8  IF WE SAY that we have no sin, ( I believe he is referring to the fact that we were born ‘in sin’) we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

V 10 IF WE SAY that we have not sinned, ( he now states that we have all sinned by choice) we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

V 9 culminates with one of the greatest verses of encouragement to all sinners in all times!

Even though we were ‘born in sin’, and even though ‘we have all sinned’,  here in V 9 John tells us; “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

Hallelujah, and thank You, Father, for Your Amazing Grace!

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