Still In Pursuit Of God’s Favour (1 John 1:5-9)

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Still In Pursuit Of God’s Favour (1 John 1:5-9)

Today we seek to find expression of, or how these three elements of humility, kindness and truth manifest. Our text reads:

This is the life-giving message [The Greek word for “life-giving message” (promise) is angelia and is found only twice in the New Testament. It is related semantically to euangelion, which means “to evangelize or preach the [life-giving] gospel.” The Aramaic can be translated “This is the hope that we heard from him and gives you hope because God is light and there is absolutely no darkness in him.”] we heard him share and it’s still ringing in our ears. We now repeat his words to you: God is pure light. You will never find even a trace of darkness in him. [Or “no darkness at all can find any place in him.”]. If we claim that we share life with him, [Or (“We share in fellowship with him” Gr. koinōnia, “having things in common,” “sharing in what he has and who he is”). This is the first of six conditional “if” clauses that extend through 2:1.]but keep walking in the realm of darkness, we’re fooling ourselves and not living the truth. But if we keep living in the pure light that surrounds him, [Or “as he [Christ] is in the light.”] we share unbroken fellowship with one another, [That is, God and the believer enjoy fellowship on the basis of walking in the light of God. Fellowship is maintained with God as we continue walking in the light he reveals to us. To walk in the light also involves being open, transparent, and honest, acknowledging any darkness the Lord might reveal in us. The blood of Jesus will cleanse us from all known sin, and if we continue to be open to God’s pure light his blood will cleanse us from all unknown sin as well, enabling imperfect believers to walk in fellowship with a holy God. Freedom from sin (which is mentioned seventeen times in 1 John) is equated to walking in the pure light of God—not simply a fleshly struggle but a desire to walk in fellowship with God in his light]. and the blood of Jesus, his Son, continually cleanses us from all sin. If we boast that we have no sin, we’re only fooling ourselves and are strangers to the truth. But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, [Confession of sin is the way to find restoration and unbroken fellowship with God. It cleanses the conscience and removes every obstacle from communion with Christ. Confession does not gain God’s acceptance, for that was won for us forever by the sacrifice of Christ. It is on the basis of being his dearly loved children that we restore intimacy with God through our tenderhearted confession before him. God will always be faithful to restore our first-love passion for him. There is no need to confess the same sins over and over, for that is ignoring the blood of Jesus that cleanses us. All of our sins were paid for on the cross and we can do nothing to remove them, but confession acknowledges God’s faithfulness to restore our intimacy with him. Our Father and our forgiving Redeemer fill the heavens with grace toward every believer, even when we sin.] he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:5-9 (TPT)

PS* (the words in italics are intended to enhance our understanding)

His faithfulness to forgive confessed sin is no liberty to continue willfully sinning, for that negates the power that works in us, which empowered us to live above sin)

The essence of these expanded verses is to emphasise to us that our straight and direct relationship with our heavenly Father must translate to our lateral relationships; relationships on this terrestrial level where the reality check is and where the stain can come from. This is where:

  • The heart of humility to go back to God in moments of unexpected fall, for forgiveness, cleansing and restoration become indispensable,
  • Our acts of standing constantly in and for His truth are mandatory, as well as
  • Extending the kindness we have received to others is not negotiable.

Our pursuit of His favour and the battle against sin in our lateral relationships is enabled by the presence of the Holy Spirit as we call upon Him and rely on Him to strengthen us at all times. Note John 14:18 (TPT)—“I promise that I will never leave you helpless or abandon you as orphans—I will come back to you! and Galatians 5:16 (TPT)—Let me emphasize this: As you yield to the dynamic life and power of the Holy Spirit, you will abandon the cravings of your self-life.
 
His favour is not impossible to obtain if we will heed and do as His word teaches us. Selah.

1 thoughts on “Still In Pursuit Of God’s Favour (1 John 1:5-9)

  • Wale+Zahara

    God bless you sir 🙏

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