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Going back to the Bible

In his book “The Normal Church Life,” (An Exposition of the First Epistle of John), P.G. Mathew states, the book of First John deals with four main themes: (1) orthodox doctrine (2) practical personal holiness, (3) the Christian community life of love, and (4) the assurance of Salvation.

This epistle flies in the face of today’s secular society because our secular culture hates uncompromising imperatives. Our society has an absolute commitment to moral and philosophical relativism. The surprising thing is that today’s churches have become like-minded. Few churches preach orthodox doctrine; even fewer require practical holiness. We hear very little today of sin, repentance, holiness, judgment, or hell. The prevalent view is that mere mental assent to the facts of the gospel constitutes salvation, so that one can accept Jesus as Savior yet continue to live in sin and still expect to be saved! Any call to obedience is labeled as legalism. “Carnal Christianity” has become the norm.

John writes with authority and clarity: “This is love for God: to obey His commands” (1John 5:1, 3). Unlike the “carnal Christian,” the one who is born of God will believe sound doctrine, will live to please God and the brethren, and, thus, will enjoy assurance of salvation.

To say you “know God” (1John 2:4), and have fellowship with Him (1John 1:3), yet not obey Him or grow in holiness, is patent, self-refuting nonsense. If you do not walk in the light of Jesus, you are walking in darkness. If that be the case, you are not living according to the truth (1John 1:6), you are lost because only the truth can set you free (John 8:32), and you have no fellowship at all with God because “in Him is no darkness at all” (1John 1:5). If you claim otherwise, you are deceiving yourself (1John 1:8), and accusing God of being a liar (1John 1:10), and accusing God of being a liar is to put Him under the authority of Satan (John 8:44). Do you think Jesus will save you if you call His Father a liar? Isn’t it time to go back to the BOOK. — Toby Miller

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1 John 1:7: Explain 1 Jn. 1:7

Let’s first look at 1 Jn.1 :7 in the ASV translations. This version reads: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

When a person becomes a Christian, they are obligated to “walk in the light” (follow the instructions found in the Bible). No person will do this perfectly because all continue to sin (Rom. 3:23—notice that “fall short” is a present tense verb).

Forgiveness of sins is like a burning fire. As long as wood is added, a fire will continue to burn. As long as Christians try to live the Christian life and repent of the things they do wrong, they are continuously forgiven of their sins. This point is illustrated in other parts of the Bible as well. Paul said Christians “stand in the grace of God.” It is possible to “depart from the faith” (1Tim. 4:1—this just one verse showing the “perseverance of the saints doctrine” associated with Calvinism is untrue), but a Christian must forsake Christ for this to happen.

In writing to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 9) Paul also used the present tense (9:1-2) to say Christians can “walk in the light and be continuously cleansed from sin.” In verse 1 as well as verse 2 he used the verb “are” (present tense). Twice in the opening verses of this chapter he said the Corinthians were “in” (present tense) Christ.

If you have become a Christian (see the information below) and are living a faithful Christian life, have confidence that you are “in Christ,” “walking in the light,” and thus “have on-going fellowship with God” (1 Jn. 1:7).

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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