The 1st Epistle of John
John was one of the twelve Apostles of our Lord, writer of the Gospel of John, the three epistles of John, and the book of Revelation, and was very much loved by our Lord. St. Paul called him a pillar and teacher of the law.
John was included within the innermost circle of our Lord’s friends, and Jesus often referred to John, and his brother James, as the sons of thunder, as they must have been quite boisterous at times because thunder, in the Greek, means to roar:
Ref: Mark 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: KJV
✡ Boanerges_NT:993 Boanerges (bo-an-erg-es'); of Aramaic origin [OT:1123 and OT:7266]; sons of commotion; Boanerges, an epithet of two of the apostles:
Alright, verse 1.
1st John:1 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, of the Word of life;
That which was from the beginning. He was ever more. That’s a difficult statement to understand. In our finite human mind, we can’t wrap our head around something existing before the creation of everything that we see. How does that happen? How does that work? Who created I AM THAT I AM?
The only possible way to understand this is to just have faith that it’s true. When we are again in a spiritual body and back in that dimension, that time shift that transcends what we comprehend in this dimension, maybe it will make more sense to us.
For now, we simply believe that it’s true.
John will give verification of our Lord by using our senses of seeing and hearing. They are referring to our Lord, who was existent from the beginning of all that we know. They have seen Him with their eyes and they have placed their hands on Him, and they call Him the Word of life.
They verify that He is because they have seen Him, and they have placed their hands on Him. You probably remember that the Apostle Thomas wouldn’t believe that He had risen from the dead until after he had placed his hands in the wounds that He received on the cross:
Ref: John 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
Ref: John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Ref: John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. KJV
John didn’t have to see our Lord to believe that He was who He said He was, he is simply witnessing to us that our Lord is true, that He is real. Did everyone who saw our Lord believe in Him? Of course not. Most of Israel didn’t believe that He was the Messiah.
But blessed are those of us that do believe He is real, without ever having seen Him. It’s called faith.
Ref: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. KJV
1st John:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
The Son of God, our Lord, manifested by coming in a physical body, to be crucified so that we could attain eternal life. He was with the Father, became man, and returned to Him.
It’s difficult for some to understand that the Father and the Son are one and the same entity.
Ref: John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? KJV
And for a second witness:
Ref: John 10:30 I and my Father are one. KJV
There was no need for a Savior in the first heaven/earth age and there will be no need for One in the eternity. In both of those ages, the Triune was present, the Holy Trinity. When the war in heaven happened and Satan fell, Father’s Plan changed as well and the need for a Savior was evident.
After six days of creation and resting on the seventh, what was our Father’s next action? He created the Adam and placed him in the Garden. And it would be through that man’s bloodline that the Savior would come.
Why did our Father create that royal bloodline so quickly after resurfacing this earth? Because He knew how powerful Satan would be and how weak mankind would be. There had to be a way of forgiving the times when we closely associated ourselves to this great deceiver.
1st John:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
The Apostles saw Him, listened to Him, walked with Him and were taught by Him. And during the time that they walked with Him, there were times when they didn’t understand the things that He was teaching. Even the parables that He explained were still difficult for some of them to comprehend.
After the resurrection and the Holy Spirit coming down on them, it was now time to go out and do what He had prepared them to do. Establish the church, heal the sick and cast out demons.
1st John:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
The despair that we experience, over and over again, as we try to live in these earthly bodies, can only be overcome by the knowledge that our Lord not only gave us and showed us the way, but guaranteed that that path would be open to anyone that believed in Him.
How desperate man would be if this life was all there was to it. And yet, many believe that this life is truly all there is, so when they lose a loved one to cancer or some accident, the heartache must be overwhelming.
But those that believe on Him know where those souls have gone and that one day we will see them again. Even if it will be for just a short time and that opens the door for a lot of joy to enter in.
1st John:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
This is the message that was preached by our Lord and continues to be preached by the Apostles. Light and darkness. How simple is that to understand? The deeds of Satan will be done in the darkness of night because that’s where he lives.
Ref: John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. KJV
The deep, dark recesses of the human mind is where he likes to go and play.
Those deeds are always wrong and those that commit them do not want them to be exposed to the light. Shame, humiliation, disgrace and fear of prosecution being foremost in their minds, as they try to shield themselves from the world.
What’s that old saying?...
“What’s done in the dark will soon come to light.”
It’s a true saying and many don’t realize that it may take many years for the truth to come to light, to come out, but it always will.
1st John:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
You can’t say that you love the Lord and cheat on your taxes. You can’t say that you love the Lord and then abuse a child at night when the lights go out.
Anybody that walks around telling everyone that will listen, that they love the Lord, is a fake. They’re a fake human being and a fake Christian. And if it’s recognition that they are looking for, if you have to tell someone how holy you are, you’re a fake and a fraud.
1st John:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
You walk in the light by living your life according to His laws and commandments and by doing so, you may draw others to you who may live their lives in a similar fashion.
On the other hand, a fake Christian will stay far from you because they know that what’s coming from you is the true love of our Father. They see the evil within themselves and it makes them throw their arms up to shield themselves from that light coming from you.
I don’t have many true friends and that’s a choice I make. I’m not going to associate with people that are frauds, religious or otherwise, because you can’t depend on them for anything. Most times their promises are empty words.
1st John:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Everybody sins, I don’t care how holy you are. You can never love the Father or the Lord to the point that you will never sin, it’s impossible.
Flesh is sin. Humanity is sin. And as long as you walk around in this earthly body you will always have an association with sin.
Get over it. Confess your sins to the Father, repent, and get on with life.
1st John:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Confess your sins to the Father but receive redemption through the blood of our Lord. You can’t do it any other way.
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. He said that if we believed on Him that He would forgive us our sins and He is faithful to that promise.
1st John:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. KJV
Our Lord told us that we are all sinners and if you go around telling people that you never sin, in essence, you are calling the Lord a liar.
Is it possible for a Christian to not sin? Can anyone live a life that is so clean, for someone to adhere to the laws and commandments of our Father so closely, that they are without blemish?
Ref: Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. KJV
Sin is any transgression, whether it be in thought, act, or word, against the laws of our Father. A heathen might say that they are sinless because they don’t believe, but that doesn’t mean anything to our Father. Every soul that He created will be judged by the same laws and commandments.
A Christian is a Christ-follower. A Christian is not someone that has joined a church, knelt in prayer to a higher authority or lives their life according to a set of rules that are not particular to our Father’s. You can live according to man’s laws all day long but that will not get you into heaven.
Those that never knew about His laws will go through the Millennium and be taught, so whether a person believes in our Father or not, they will still be judged the same as those that do.
During the Millennium, Hs Election will be allowed to go to family members and talk to them if it seems that they still aren’t getting the whole picture but the penalty for doing that is to be restricted from the presence of the Lord for a period of seven days.
Ref: Ezekiel 44:25 And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.
Dead person is someone whose soul has not overcome, it is spiritually dead.
Ref: Ezekiel 44:26 And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days. KJV
We are in spiritual bodies at this time, not flesh and blood bodies, and the reason souls will go through this period of time is because their soul is spiritually dead, they have not overcome at this point. The period of seven days is required to cleanse us from being in close proximity to a soul that is still spiritually dead.
While we’re still in a flesh body, and we have sin assigned to us, that also makes our soul dead to Him and that’s why it’s important to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness before we come to Him in prayer. If you don’t do that, you’re just wasting your time.
The natural light of the sun is what makes everything grow; the light of the Father is what makes us grow spiritually. To fellowship with our Father or our Lord is to keep our soul as free of sin as humanly possible, so before we come to them in prayer, confession must be complete before we begin to converse with them.
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