“Signs of Genuine Fellowship”
Bible Study 1: A Credible Witness (Review)
Why should we listen to John?
- He is an Apostle of Jesus (Apostolic calling)
- He was commissioned by Jesus (Apostolic authority)
- He was an eyewitness of Jesus (Apostolic witness)
John wrote these epistles to reassert what is true about Jesus, not insert something new about Him.
1 John 1:1-4 NKJV That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
1 John 1:5 NKJV This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
to announce, outline
In the scriptures, light is an emblem of truth, knowledge, holiness, and purity.
2 Peter 1:1-4 NKJV Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
1 John 1:6 NKJV If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
"we lie" (pseudomai) =
to utter an untruth or attempt to deceive by falsehood
1 John 1:7 NKJV 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.
"fellowship" (koinonia) =
participation, communion, interaction
"cleanses" (katharizo) =
to cleanse, purge, purify
Those who "walk in darkness" are resisting and/or rejecting God, who is light.
Those who "walk in the light" are pursuing God and Godly relationship and purging sin.
This message has an accompanying Breakout Group lesson: