1 John 1



1 John 1 introduces the theme of fellowship with God through the Word of Life, emphasizes walking in the light, and addresses the reality of sin. The chapter encourages honesty about one's sinfulness, highlighting the forgiveness and cleansing available through confession and the faithfulness of God.


  1. Introduction to the Word of Life (1 John 1:1-4): The chapter begins with the declaration of the Word of Life, referring to Jesus Christ, who was seen, heard, and touched by the apostles. The purpose is to share the message of eternal life, bringing joy and fellowship.
  2. Walking in the Light (1 John 1:5-7): John emphasizes that God is light, and in Him, there is no darkness. To have fellowship with God, believers must walk in the light, acknowledging and confessing their sins. Through such confession, they experience forgiveness and cleansing.
  3. Acknowledging Sin (1 John 1:8-10): John addresses the reality of sin, stating that anyone who claims to be without sin deceives themselves. However, if believers confess their sins, God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse them from all unrighteousness.