1 John 1:3-7 –
“that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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.”
Here in 1 John we can see that
- John (along with the other apostles) proclaims the eternal life (v.2)
- He proclaims it so that people may be saved and have fellowship with them and all believers. The Gospel message binds together those who receive it.
- Then there is a fellowship that is even richer than mere human fellowship, for this fellowship among believers has its foundation in our sweet fellowship with God.
- John states one of the purposes of him writing this letter – for all of our joy!
- Part of the message that John proclaims is that God is light, meaning that God is perfect and morally flawless.
- Then he states, negatively, that if we say we are walking with Him yet we are walking in darkness and loving that darkness (as Jesus said in John 3:19-21, because our deeds are evil and we live in sin) then we are lying.
- Lastly, he states, positively, that if we have fellowship with believers, it is indeed living proof that we do walk in the light, and that we are forgiven from our sins through Christ. Now, instead of our relationships being characterised by sin and darkness, we can and will grow in loving our fellow believers through the power of the Holy Spirit. We live not as “lone rangers” but together as the body of Christ, loving and serving each other.
So why am I writing about all this in my blog post? I went out for a break from the 13th to the 21st of May to SIL’s missions base at a place in PNG called Aiyura. The sweetest part of my break was the time I had conversing with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ… and so before I left my heart was saddened and even discouraged at the thought of leaving my new friends at Aiyura and returning to my friends here in Maweroro, who do not yet love my God and Savior and to whom I am therefore spiritually a stranger.
But then the Lord reminded me, that that is why I am here! I have been reconciled to God by the blood of His Son, and can therefore enjoy fellowship with Him, and because of that I love God’s church and the interaction I get to have with those who love Him and encourage my heart to love Him more. I want them to share in the joy I have, which we can see is part of John’s purposes too in writing his letter, 1 John 1:4 – “And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”
There are many more people across the globe, who are still to be included into this glorious fellowship. John 11:51-52 says that Jesus died, not only for the nation of Israel, but for all of those who are to become His children, who are scattered abroad. So we labor, and we await the day that we can proclaim the Gospel, and we pray that the Lord may include many here into His family. We long to have the Gospel unify us with these people, we long to have fellowship with them, and to have them experience the pleasure of being His child! 1 John 3:1 – “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are”
How about you, are you included into God’s family yet? Are you finding it a joy to interact with people who love the Lord, or do you find your road to be far more pleasant when you get to walk with those who walk in darkness? If so, do not despair, but confess your sin, repent and find hope in the glorious Gospel of Christ! “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) This is what makes the Gospel such good news, it is that we get to have peace with God and true fellowship with Him who is the fairest of all! See this article by John Piper.
- Picture is from my first evening on my break. Getting to hang out (until 00:30am) with new friends and people who love the Lord!