Did you notice the use of pronouns in this first chapter of 1 John? John is clearly talking about himself. He is the one who saw Jesus with his eyes. He is the one who touched the Lord with his hands.
But he doesn’t say “I”, he says “we”. Now there are a lot of different “we’s”. There is the “royal we” where a king or queen is speaking on behalf of the kingdom. A “papal we”, speaking on behalf of the church. A “family we”, a “corporate we”. But John isn’t using any of these. He is speaking personally, not corporately or congregationally.
But, John is no long just John. He is John and the Holy Spirit. So, much so, that his identity is no long his alone, but only his as part of the Spirit and the Spirit as part of him.
God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is “him”, but John is we. Without the Holy Spirit and Jesus, John no longer has identity.
This release of identity is something John demonstrates again and again in his writing. Throughout the gospel of John, John refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” This was not to imply that Jesus didn’t love the other disciples, but it is a laying down of self in the recognition of a greater communion. Without Jesus’ love, John is not John.
Do we think of ourselves this way? Do we recognize that once we became a Christian we are no longer an “I”, but we are “we’s”, combined with God through the Holy Spirit and Jesus? If we started transforming our thoughts to this way, how would that change our life? Would we be less prideful, less selfish, less alone, less self-centered, more aware of our anger and the way we treat and witness to others?
I think “we” might!
Jesus: John had heard, seen, and touched Jesus (both before and after his resurrection).
1. Jesus has/is Eternal life (v 2) and 2. God is light, in him there is no darkness at all. (v. 5)
1. claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness
2. claim to be without sin
3. claim to have not sinned
1. Walk in light, we have fellowship with one another and purified by the blood of Jesus
2. Confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness
3. Don’t sin, but if do, Jesus is our advocate: He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins
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