-The introduction to this letter has no salutation, and may therefore be considered more of a treatise or pamphlet type of literature under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. John begins from the beginning in stating the eternality of the Lord. He is also referring to the coming of Christ Jesus in His incarnation to which he was an eyewitness, actually touching the Savior with his own hands. Christ came as the “Word of life” made manifest, and John makes claim to have seen Him in life (resurrected life), he has testified to this life, and he proclaims it for the purpose of eternal life unto the receivers of his message. He wants the audience to have this fellowship together in the Spirit of the Lord so that everyone’s joy may be made complete (1 John 1:1-4). *Application* The Lord lives and we are to be like John in relating what we know to be true to everyone around us. Just like John, and the others apostles, we must be ready to give an account for the joy and hope that is within us for Kingdom of God growth (1 Peter 3:15). We may not have been able to see the incarnate risen Savior, but we have experienced His life changing power and His abiding presence. We have love to give and share with others!
-God is Light. This is a common theme in John’s writing going back to his gospel account. There is no darkness in Him at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him yet continue to walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. Here is the canonical tie with the book of James and the apostles who promote Christian holy living in addition to inner faith and verbal confession. *Application* Christ is about life change. When we come to Him, He transforms us into new creations for good works in this world (2 Corinthians 5:17). Continuing in habitual sin is a double standard that refutes who we are supposed to be. The most miserable person in the world is one who has the Spirit of the Living God inside of them, yet lives like the world with sin and corruption. If you are in this state, turn back to God confess your errors. He is faithful and just to forgive you of every iniquity and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Holy living is expected for the true believer. Walking in the Light gives us fellowship with our Lord and each other as we are cleansed by His blood (1 John 1:5-9).
Verses to Memorize: 1 John 1:8-9