As I was studying 1 John thru 3 John, I decided to use another tool to assist in my study as well as being led to open up my dictionary. I used The Biblical Expositor, Consulting Editor, Carl F. Henry. The commentary on 1 John was written by Fred L. Fisher. There were several statements that Fred made required me to think deeper after reading all three books of John.
According to Fred, “The author (John) does not consider these themes merely as ethical requirements, but as religious realities based upon the Christian revelation of God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore Christian doctrine lies at the root of the book, and one is tempted at times, to think of it as a doctrinal exposition of the reality of the incarnation of God in Christ. If we are to follow the mind of the writer, however, we must avoid this temptation, since he is primarily concerned with the quality of the Christian life of his readers.”
“The plan of the book does not follow a logical order. The writer thinks and writes intuitively with constant repetition of recurring themes. The book defies outlining and one must be satisfied to follow the course of the author’s thoughts as he deals with the great cluster of ideas which, to him, constitute the essence of the Christian life.”
I prayed as I always do before studying His Word, that I would be following the mind of the Holy Spirit before beginning the study, and I guess it is a worthwhile thing to follow the mind of the writer at times and let the Holy Spirit guide you to an understanding of how it applies to self. Now with that being said, isn’t it like us when we have a lot of ideas, more than much to say, when our mind and heart are overflowing with reverberations of things we have seen, heard, and experienced? We get anxious to share words about urgent matters and we just fly to the moon and back in a day with what we want to say before giving it more thought. We are a people, most, who like to share with others what they have learned and experienced especially if it is a joyful experience.
After all a light reveals ALL that is in the dark, right? I know I say this all the time, but it just amazes me how often the Holy Spirit leads, protects, and reminds me that I am not a material or selfish person. I had another title I wanted to use, The Quantity of Light Determines the Quality of Life. For now we shall ride with the title I used. Ok? Alrighty then! 😛
While I was studying, the Holy Spirit threw a dictionary in front of me. Well He didn’t actually throw it, He more so guided me to pull it from my nightstand while I was reading 1 John. I had not planned on writing anything on this study. Sometimes we read things over and over and are instinctively unaware of a word’s true meaning, even the simplest of words like I, and, am, is, have, etc. I am a dictionary addict by birth though.
You will find a lot of simple words with definitions within this blog. I promise you, that it will give you deeper thoughts about what John is trying to relay in his messages as it did me. You will find many blessings and learn what God desires of you as an individual when it comes to self and others. 1 John thru 3 John opened my eyes, my mind, and my heart to some truths about some Christians truly caring for the destiny of others.
I will admit openly, it has never been a worry of mine to care about whether one went to heaven or hell outside of friends and family. The reason being was that I was not knowledgeable about how a person lives their life that I do not know, and I’ve always believed each individual have to answer for him/herself to God alone without my assistance. I believe there is always light in each and every one of us that let us know how important it is to be in line with God’s Will. It is the individual who needs to find that true source of true light within them with the help of the Holy Spirit. It’s there! Let us keep in mind that John’s message was to all those who follow Christ or at least were trying to follow his teachings, both children and adults, both men and women.
This, to me is one of the most encouraging books of the bible when it comes to being a light for others and self to find The Way out of the darkness. It is my belief that John put himself on a level with each listener or reader of his words. He/they definitely spoke from experience. John also was concerned for the joy of others in the “Word of Life.” AND, John informs us that “We write this to make our joy complete.” He was also excited about the audience attaining joy by receiving their quantity of the True Light due to his experience. Just think to share the joy of Christ with others must be a wonderful feeling. I guess I do it at times by blogging. I’m thinking that in order for joy to happen one must reach out to others to bring them into knowing the light they can have in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who is JOY.
Joy- the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires; a state of happiness; BLISS. 🙂 I decided to put the definition here so you can associate the two words as being in one …….Christ = Joy.
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
While reading those passages above, please place focus on the words below and experience a deeper meaning of what John is stating about the “Word of Life”. Yes, he appears to be anxious and repeats the same message using several techniques in these 10 verses.
I found the word “have” to be a key word in John’s message to his/their experience about the Word of Life;
- Have- to hold or maintain as a possession, privilege or entitlement.
- have heard (perceived by their ears gaining knowledge)
- have seen ( perceived with their eyes)
- have looked upon (highly regarded)
- have handled (touched, felt)
- Manifested- made evident or certain by showing or displaying; readily perceived by the senses, esp. the sight; easily understood or recognized by the mind. (TYHS!)
- Declare- to make clear; to make evident; to show
- Fellowship- community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience; the quality or state of being comradely (friendly, brotherly)
- Full-containing as much or as many as is possible or normal; complete in detail, number, or duration; not lacking in any essential; complete
- Light- something that makes vision possible; spiritual illumination; pure; Truth
- Darkness- devoid of light; not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light; arising from or showing evil traits or desires
- Cleanse- purify; freed from dirt or pollution; having no interior flaws visible
- Deceive- ensnare; to fail to fulfill; cheat; to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid
- Confess-to tell or make known(as something wrong or damaging to oneself);admit
- Faithful- full of belief and trust; LOYAL; firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty; binding promise
- Unrighteousness-sinfulness; wickedness; unjust; not righteous
Finally, my summary of thoughts on this chapter…. In Christ Jesus, you will not be lacking in anything and you will be privy to receive joy and more quantities of light in your life which will one day allow you to physically hear, see, look upon, and eventually handle(touch) our Heavenly Father when the Word of Life, returns for His bride. Living in darkness makes one unable to see the TRUTH to experience successful bliss which leads to a poor quality of life. . Have you discovered the quantity of light that you have in your life? If it’s not much, what are you going to do about it?
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