After talking with my husband I decided to dig into 1 John. My goal is to do at least a chapter a day maybe more depending on how long my kids let me study.
Theme and Message written by the apostle John he has two key things he wants to share 1) to reveal false teachers and 2) to help believers be assured of their salvation.
Chapter 1: 1-4 John is very excited to share the Word with those around him, so excited he repeats himself alot. He was an eyewitness to the life of Jesus and knew that He was truly the Son of God. There were many people during that time who said they were believers but in reality didn't believe that Jesus was really God in man form (manifested). These people were known as Gnostics and John spends the first verse here trying to dispute what they believe. In verse 4 he talks about wanting to have complete joy. When we are truly fellowshipping with one another in the Lord there is no way that we can't have joy. Joy shouldn't be based on things that are going on around us but what we know for sure in our hearts. Good example would be Paul rejoicing while he was in prison, "Rejoice in the Lord always." ( Phil. 4:4)
Chapter 1: 5-10 Throughout Scripture Jesus is constantly referred to as "the Light". When we are in an area that is well lite we are going to be able to see what is going on and know where to go. When we walk with the Lord He is going to show us where we need to go every step of the way. The problem is that so many people say they are walking with the Lord but really are going against Him. The scripture says that when we say we have not sinned or that there is no sin in our hearts that we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. (vs8) By saying we have no sin we are in effect making God out to be a liar, which in no way is this possible. To put it even more simply, to say we have no sin in our lives would be like saying we were just as good as God and that is self-righteousness. Thankfully we serve a forgiving God and when we repent to Him are sins He is faithful and righteous to forgive and cleanse us.
* Please take time now to see if there is any sin that you are denying that you have in your life. When you allow Jesus to show you what those sins are ask Him to cleanse you from them.