This letter was composed sometime around 85-90 A.D. with the intent to remove doubts and resssure young Christians about who Jesus was. John is the same author who wrote the Gospel of John…and he was older now and perhaps the only surviving apostle at this time. This is the same John that would walk & talk with Jesus, watch Jesus die, met Jesus after He rose from the dead and saw Jesus go up to Heaven. It’s safe to say that John knew who the Lord was…and that love would convey itself in this letter. John also wrote this letter to counter false teachers.
Vs. 9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” What a great verse to memorize…all Christians should have this verse memoried and written on our minds & hearts. We see John testifying of the magnificent truth about Jesus in the first section of this chapter. Jesus was and is as real to John now just as Jesus was real when He was with John on earth. Though our lives at times are filled with sorrow & trials, God also wants us to have that eternal joy in having that relationship with Him (Vs. 4). But, John also challenges us to have a “honest” relationship with Jesus (Vs. 6)
Regarding application…Test of Obedience. Vs. 6, “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” Question: Are you in true fellowship with Jesus? This past Sunday, I spoke on Mary’s love to Jesus with the anointing of oil. Fellowship with Jesus is loving him and love others. But, deceit began in the Garden of Eden has been a constant enemy in our lives. Deceit is part of this whole thing we can sin. It’s not that real Christians don’t sin…sin in the life of a believer can break our fellowship with Jesus, but it does not break our eternal salvation! When you get in a heated argument with your parent…our relationship can suffer for awhile, but it doesn’t mean that they are going to no longer call you their child. We are saved from the consequences of sin by Jesus’ death…and yet we are saved daily from their power of sin because of Jesus’ life in us (Holy Spirit & Jesus’ Intercession). As we grow & mature in the Lord, we realize that we want to make “Every effort” to not sin for it grieves the Lord so. Thankfully, it is not by what we do that saves us…it is what Jesus did! God’s Love is truly Amazing!