In the cover letter of this Weekly SERMON, we are continuing our introduction to the Epistle of I John. We do not find such expressions as "In my opinion", or "As it were", or "The way I see it" in this epistle. With John the Beloved, writing under the inspiration of God, "light is light, truth is truth, error is error, sin is sin, love and hate to not co-exist together. Where one is the other is not." There is no "twilight," no half-truth. We might refer to this epistle as "the book of no compromise!" It is crystal clear. God gave this epistle to John to pass onto the believer, so that "hereby we KNOW."
In I John we have the "Seven TESTS of Honesty." These are tests of honesty and reality, and in each instance, we have the mark by which hypocrisy (the lie) is exposed.
False fellowship 1:6: "IF WE SAY that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth."
False sanctity 1:8: "IF WE SA Y that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
False righteousness 1:10: "If WE SAY that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us."
False allegiance 2:4: "HE THAT SAITH, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a lair, and the truth is not in him."
False behavior 2:6: "HE THAT SAITH he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walketh."
False holiness 2:9: "HE THAT SAITH he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now."
False love for God 4:20: "If A MAN SAY, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?"
As you study each of these verses carefully you will notice that the religious, "professor" (who has not been born again) is living a lie having to do with others and himself. He is also not honest with his own heart in relationship to Jesus Christ.
In John's Gospel chapter 20 and verse 31 we read, "These are written, that YE MIGHT BELEIVE that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and believing ye might have life through His name."In I John 5:13 we read, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that YE MAY KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." Comparing these two verses, we see that the Gospel of John and the first epistle of John are complimentary to one another.
The Gospel of John was written especially that men might believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and believing, have life. The first epistle of John was given to the church, so true believers might know they have life, and this eternal life is in Christ Jesus.
In the Gospel of John we see Divine life as revealed in Christ Jesus, the Son of God. In the first epistle of John we see the same Divine life realized in the true born again believer.
In the Gospel of John we discover the WAY of eternal life, through the Son of God, who is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." In the first epistle of John we see the unfolded nature of eternal life now possessed by the true believer.
As we sincerely and seriously study every word in the five chapters of this, "The Saints fellowship with God, " may we allow the Holy Spirit to open our eyes, humble our hearts, bless us, and make us vessels fit for the Master's use.
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the 2nd message from the Book of I John 1:8-10 "The Saints PROBLEM in the Fellowship."