Christians Have Fellowship With God
Passage: 1 John 1:1–2:1
“Justification is an act of God's free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our sins and accepteth us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us and received by faith alone.” Westminster Shorter Catechism
I. Fellowship with God is rooted in Jesus.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life…(1-2a).”
“…that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed, our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete (3b-4).”
II. One in fellowship with Jesus walks with Him in His light.
“...walking in the light as He is in the light (7).”
III. One in fellowship with Jesus practices repentance and faith.
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“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us (8,9).”
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin (7).”
“…an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…(2:1)."