Bible Study Passage: 1st John 1:5 – 2:6
One of the most aggravating, painful, and confusing aspect of our walk in Christ is our struggle with Sin. As a follower of Jesus Christ, we may find in us this dual nature. Our inner being delights in God and ready to do His will. Yet we find our flesh, vulnerable to Sin. We find ourselves constantly in the battlefield. Struggle with sin in the life of a believer is one of the major theme in the book of 1st John. It is a fact that we Christian do sin, we are not perfect. We do not stop sinning, the moment we become Christian. We cannot deny it, cannot ignore it or live with it. 1st John 1:5 – 2 – 6 specifically deals with the Sin in the life of a believer. (Check out Fellowship with God -Bible Study on 1st John 1:5-10).
Deception of Heart
- 1:6 – If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
- 1:8 – If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
- 1:10 – If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
- 2:4 – Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.
We can deceive ourselves to convince us that ‘everything is alright’. Only in the light of God’s word, our true condition is ‘exposed’, we can truly see where we are. (James 1: 22-25 – Word of God like a Mirror)
Measure of our Walk – Love for God
- Ever increasing and completing love for God is the measure of our walk in Him.
- 2: 5 – “But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them.” If we obey his words, his love is reflected in our actions and also motives behind them.
- This is similar to 2 Corinthian 12: 9 – My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
- Just as His strength is made perfect (complete) in our weakness. His Love is made complete, when we recognize our selfish motives and bring it to him.
Eph 3: 16-19 – “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Update (Jan 2015)
There have been few comments which disagrees with the content of this bible study. The purpose of this study is not to have a compromised view of Christian life. But it states the real struggle with sin when we become Christian. Even Apostle Paul describes this struggle in Romans 7.
Romans 7:21-25 – “So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
The only way to overcome the sin in our life is to constantly ‘exposing’ ourselves in the light of the Word of God.
As 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
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