Lessons from 1 John (Part 1)Posted: 09.19.2011
1-4: Jesus was from the beginning, and made himself known to man by coming to earth
5-10: Jesus is truth (not a truth among many) and he is light; you are either in truth and light or you are not. Because he is truth, he is the standard by which your life is measured. We cannot use our life to measure his.
1-6: Jesus did not sin, so we should not either. But when we do, he will advocate for us as the only righteous advocate.
7-11: The “old” command was to “…love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” and ” (Deut. 6:5)…”love your neighbor as yourself…” (Lev. 19:18). The “new” command is the same as the old but with a new, severe warning: if you don’t do these things, it means you are not in the light (see note on 1:5-10, on light).
This new amendment to the old command is not for instruction on how to merit a relationship with the Father. It is a divine observation of the nature of the command. In other words, it is saying: “if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might and you love you neighbor as yourself, it is because you are in the light.” It is not saying: “If you do these things, then you will be in the light.”
Important distinction; severe warning.
12-14: An encouragement to believers at different stages.