23 November 2015
by Philip Layton

Jars of Clay

John writes to proclaim the Word of life

Click here to read 1 John 1

Discussion Questions

  • Why is verse 1 so important for the authority of what follows?
  • Do you think John means that we should confess individual sins, confess that we are sinners, or both (v 9)?
  • Is John persuading us to confess to each other, to a spiritual leader, or directly to God?

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Going Deeper From 'Words of Life'

It was probably in the final years of his life, around AD 90, when John wrote these three short letters. This first one warns against false teachings, as John encourages the believers to hold fast to their faith. But also, the letter is very much about walking in the light of God’s love and grace, and about loving one another.

John sets the tone by writing to his ‘dear children’ (2:1), his ‘dear friends’ in the faith (2:7). Because of this, we somehow feel included in this personal letter, as if time or circumstance do not really matter. John promotes fellowship within the church, which he knows will bring great joy to the hearts of God’s children. He also wants to protect holiness, by preventing any heresy creeping into the church. We are able to do this if we walk in the light of God; if we refrain from sinning and are obedient to God’s Word – and in so doing, love and care for one another.

At the time of writing, I have five grandchildren under the age of five: Kieran, Aiden, Liam, Brennan and Sadie – and two more on the way! All are so precious and cute as can be. (Grandmas are allowed to brag a little about their grandchildren!) When these little ones share their toys, and even give part of their snack to each other, it warms my heart greatly. At a very early age they are showing love – and wanting to bring joy and happiness to their sibling or cousin.

This first letter of John is to be treasured and should be read often. Every day we need to be reminded to walk in the light of God. For one day, Christ will return – and we want to be ready for his arrival:

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming (2:28).


Help me daily, Lord, to walk in your glorious light!

Beverly Ivany

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