1 John 1
Notes on God's Plan
GOD’S PLAN - John starts at the beginning. (v.1) He mentions that which was from the beginning, and he’s referring to Jesus. Though John was speaking to people after the death of Jesus, he referred back to Him, and pointed out that Jesus was around at the beginning of time as well. When God works in us and the world around us, we must remember that he started at the beginning and this is all part of His Master plan. God sees the whole picture.
GOD’S PLAN - 1). John declared the message he had heard from Jesus. (v.5) Rather than come and declare His truth to everyone all at the same time, God sent Jesus to give his truth to a few faithful followers. They, in turn, would share it with their followers, and then they would share it with others as well. God wanted us to be included in His delivery of the message and wanted us to hear His truth from others before us. We must be faithful to listen well because it will be our responsibility to share it with others some day and keep the cycle going. 2). Jesus’ blood purifies us from all sin. (v.7) The only way we can be in the light like Jesus was is if His blood cleanses us from the darkness of sin. His death on the cross made the way for us to be clean and full of His light. Without Jesus’ blood over us, we will never achieve His level of light in our lives. 3). God wants us to confess our sins to Him. (v.9) If we do, he’ll cleanse us from all unrighteousness. He gives us the responsibility of bringing it up with Him. If we do are part, we can be sure that He will do His. Our role in our own righteousness it to simply be honest with God about who we are and our need for Him.