6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous 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.
7. What word is at the beginning of each of the verses 6-10?
8. How are the statements in 6, 8,10 the same?
9. In 1:6,8,10 John identifies faulty beliefs of so-called Christians. In the follow statements, see how the person’s perspectives are related to the verse. State the right perspective.
a. (6) You don’t need to worry about what they say in church. You believe Christ died for you, don’t you? Well just come and have some fun at the party.
b. (8) What you do with your body doesn’t really matter. It is what you do with your pure spirit that makes the difference.
c. (10) Look at those sinners out there. I can’t understand why they are like that. They should be more like us.
10. Rephrase 1 John 1:7 in your own words as clear as possible.
11. On the basis of 1 John 1:7, how would you counsel a person who said that God would never expect a person to be holy like God.
12. On the basis of 1:7, if a person said (rightly), ‘Once saved, always saved’ but lived as the world, how should you respond to them?
13. What is biblical confession? Does this refer to confession that leads to salvation (What gives you the relationship with God) or confession that leads to maintaining ones relationship with God. Does it matter?
14. If you would lead someone to the Lord, what truths in this passage could you point to and use to do it?