by Dr Gregory Magruder | September 23, 2018
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 09/23/18
1 John 1:7 – 2:2
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle John writes his letter 1 John so that we may experience joy (1 John 1:4). We also are invited to participate in genuine fellowship with God and each other. Christian fellowship and authentic relationships are possible in Christ. But sin blocks fellowship with God and others. How do we deal with sin? What do we do with the guilt of sin? How do we restore fellowship with God and others? John gives us important guidelines to follow as we struggle with sin.
HOW DO WE DEAL WITH SIN?
- We can deny it. We reject the principle of sin (our sin nature). If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8).
- We can excuse it. We refuse to acknowledge our practice of sin. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us (1 John 1:10).
- We can confess it. We agree with God that we are sinners by nature and by choice. God forgives our practice of sin and cleanses our character. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Confession, not denial, is God’s answer to our sin problem.
But what if we mess up? What if we continue to struggle and fall?
HOW DO WE RESTORE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD?
*Jesus is our Advocate and our Atonement. He secures our fellowship with God and he maintains our fellowship with God.
- Jesus’ blood cleanses us from our sin nature. His finished work on the Cross secures our salvation. Sin has been defeated and we have been redeemed. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
- Our confession of sins restores us into fellowship. “Our union with God is eternal while our communion is conditional” (Roy Laurin). The basis of this fellowship is Jesus’ faithfulness to forgive our sins. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
- Jesus assures us of our fellowship with God. Jesus is our Advocate with God and our Atonement for sin. Jesus alone preserves our relationship with God.
*Our Advocate (lawyer, paraclete, spokesman, helper). My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1).
*Our Atonement (sacrifice, expiation, satisfaction, appeasement, remedy).He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).
Jesus intercedes for us and took the punishment for our sins, so we can have fellowship with God.