1 John 1



1 "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 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. 4 And we are writing these things so that our[a] joy may be complete."

Walking in the Light

5 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. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 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. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."

     - 1 John 1


These things matter:

John uses the word “fellowship” a lot in this first passage and throughout the rest of this book. When John says “fellowship” he is talking about the special relationship that people who have the Holy Spirit (another way to say that is people that are saved or who have put their trust in Christ). This relationship involves helping one another to come closer to God, to stay obedient, to answer questions, and to have each others backs.


Things to think about:

What do you think the life of somebody who, “walks in the light” would look like? What about somebody who doesn’t?

John explains that everyone has sinned, so what’s the difference between being imperfect and “walking in darkness?”

If God were describing you, what would He say? Do you honestly walk in the light? Pray and ask that God would make you the person who walks in the light.