With this post we begin our study in the book of I John. Any who read here are welcome to chime in (some guidelines in “C’mon In” the tab up above).
As we comment on the first chapter this week, I’ll change the color of the verse numbers so you can see which have been commented on so far. Multiple and duplicate comments are fine – think of it as sitting around the table discussing the passage –
Oh, and it’s perfectly OK to go back and comment on a previous chapter when something you see today reminds you of a verse a little ways back.
The Bible is generally its own best commentary – please feel free to contrast and compare.
Remember to read the entire letter at one sitting sometime this week; it will help keep things in context as we observe and encourage here.
Contribute and enjoy~
1 John 1:1-10
The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life.  This one who is life from God was shown to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and announce to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was shown to us.  We are telling you about what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
 We are writing these things so that our joy will be complete.
 This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.  So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth.  But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.
 If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.  If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.