John Lesson 21 Day 2
My Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions
The consensus among historians, scholars, etc. believes John the Apostle wrote this letter. They assume he wrote it before Jerusalem was destroyed between 68 and early 80s.
Unlike many of the epistles, John doesn’t address any specific person, group, or region. Adam Clarke suggests John intended to declare his condemnation of the doctrines of Cerinthus and the Gnostics to the whole world. “…a warning to those Christians who were in danger of being infected with Zoroastrian principles…” Adam Clarke
3. The Word of Life existed from the beginning. 1 John 1:1-3
Jesus, the Son of God, or the “Life,” appeared in the flesh. (Barnes)
John’s testimony is trustworthy for the following reasons:
In the Greek, there are four reasons. The newer translations combine the second and third because, on the surface, they seem redundant.
- John writes what they have heard [the truth] with their own ears [from Christ Himself, including all Christ’s teachings about Himself.].
- And what they have seen Him with their own eyes. (In the Greek, this phrase meant “still abiding with us”.)
- They looked upon or gazed upon Him. (This tense refers to a time in the past. They saw His glory, as revealed in the transfiguration, His miracles, His passion and death in a real body of flesh and blood. “Looked upon” as a wondrous spectacle steadfastly, deeply, contemplatively; so the Greek. Appropriate to John’s contemplative character.” A Commentary: Critical, Experimental, and Practical on the Old and New Testaments.
- They also touched Jesus with their own hands.
4. The message John received from Jesus
God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him. (MSG)
[He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness], and in Him, there is no darkness at all [no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection]. (AMP)
John’s motives for writing the letter:
“We are inviting you to experience eternal life through the One who was with the Father and came down to us.” (The Voice)
“Your joy will double our joy!” (MSG)
“My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion.” 1 John 5:13 (MSG)
5. God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.
When we are fooling ourselves about being in fellowship with God— (from MSG unless otherwise noted)
- If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim.
- If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves.
- If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.
In fellowship with God—
- If we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.
- If we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.
- If, however, any believer does sin, we have a high-powered defense lawyer—Jesus the Anointed, the righteous—arguing on our behalf before the Father. (The Voice)
I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world. I confessed and repented of sin. I receive Jesus the Anointed One as my advocate with the Father.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 21 Day 2 ~ 1 John 1:1–2:2