Real Life

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched —this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.–1 John 1:1-4 (NIV)

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.–1 John 5:21 (NIV)

C.S. Lewis The Great Divorce

The Main Thing: God wants us to know him as the real life and have fellowship that is more and more real in every aspect of life.

Tension Places…Real vs. Not Real

1.  Light and Darkness. (1:5-7)

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by 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, purifies us from all sin.–1 John 1:5-7 (NIV)

2.  Confession and Self-Deception. (1:8-10)

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.–1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)

3.  Forgiveness and Sin. (2:1-2)

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense —Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.–1 John 2:1-2 (NIV)

4.  Obedience and Disobedience. (2:3-6)

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.–1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)

5.  Love and Hate. (2:9-10)

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.–1 John 2:9-10 (NIV)