As promised in my previous post, here’s one of my journal entries exactly as I wrote it. So if something reads a little bit weird, that’s why.
1 John 1:8-2:2 (NASB)
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgives us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
- What does this passage teach about God?
– God is faithful (v9)
– God is righteous (v9), esp. in regards to forgiving confessed sins
– God is forgiving (v9)
– Jesus is righteous (v1)
- What does this passage teach about people?
– People are sinful (v8)
– People can deceive themselves (v8)
– People can be righteous (v9)
– People can behave in such a way as to make God appear to be a liar (v10)
- What does this passage teach about the relationship between God and people?
– When people confess their sins God will forgive and cleanse them (v9)
– Jesus is the advocate between people and the Father (v1)
– Jesus is the propitiation for every person’s sin (v2)
- How does this passage help me know God better?
– I always need to be reminded about how God is faithful to forgive when I confess. Confession is something that I can certainly improve.
- How does this passage show the glory of God?
– How amazing is that God is willing to forgive the people who killed His son in wickedness? That’s glorious!