John established His letter with a proclamation that Jesus is the Word of life. He then explains how we come to Him and how we are sustained by Him.
What is our TRUTH? (5) This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is not darkness at all. Light and darkness describe the difference between God (not just good) and evil. We walk in darkness until He shines His light on us and we receive it.
What is our REALITY? (6) If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. This pertains to salvation. John 3:19-21 tells us that we must choose to walk in His light.
What is our SALVATION? (7) But if we walk in the light has he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. We trust His light one time (the first time) for all time (from that point on).
What is our DECEPTION? (8) If we claim to be without sin [without the need of coming to Christ], we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. This verse is particularly pertinent to those who claim to be “good enough” on their own.
What is our DELIVERANCE? (9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. This is a salvation verse. Christians use it in conjunction with James 5:16, but we must realize that our sins have been removed from us; we are washed clean by the blood of Jesus! Our sin can hinder our fellowship with the Father, but it cannot “kill” us anymore.
What is our JUDGEMENT? (10) If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. WE NEED JESUS. If we do not believe that He is the ONLY WAY, the ONLY TRUTH, and the ONLY LIFE, then His word is not in us and we are not saved.
What is our GOAL? (2:1) My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. Jesus does not need to plead our case to the Father every time we sin; His blood on the altar does that for us. It means that all our sins–our very lives–are covered in the blood. God now uses our weaknesses and our susceptibility toward sin to make us godly (like God). How? In the same way that a muscle needs resistance in order to become strong. We need to learn to resist temptation to sin, not so that we can live independently for God, but to learn to rely solely on the Spirit. The eighth chapter of Romans explains this process.
What is our MESSAGE? (2) He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. As churchy as it sounds, this is the message of salvation that the world needs to hear. HOW we say it is not as important as THAT we say it. The Spirit will take it from there.
Pray that the Spirit will empower us to resist temptation. Use temptation to catapult you into the presence of our Lord! Oftentimes, PRAISE is our best weapon against temptation.