It is only through the ministry of Jesus Christ in our hearts and our minds that we can know the truth about God His Father and come to know God as our Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ came to reveal the Father to us and to give us an understanding of the truth about God and ourselves. This revelation that Christ has given us in recorded for us in the pages of the Scriptures, the Holy Bible, which is the inerrant, infallible, inspired, preserved Word of God.
18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. John 1:18
37 “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that that Father is in Me, and I in Him. John 10-37-38
49 “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His commandment is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak. John 12:49-50
8 Philip said to Him, “Lord show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. John 14:8-11
These verses verify that Christ Jesus declared the Father to the world through His Words and His Works, and these have been preserved for us in the Holy Scriptures in the New Testament. Led by the Holy Spirit, John demonstrates through these verses that the Son has revealed the Father and has given us an understanding. John, used by God, continues this explanation in his first epistle.
19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 1 John 5:19-21
The contrast is clear, those who belong to God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ are in Him and have eternal life, all others are of the world and are deceived by Satan. John’s closing remark signifies that believers can follow idols through believing false doctrine about Christ Jesus and God the Father and then, because of this, live godless lives. All of 1 John is God’s prescription to combat the infection of false teaching that had infiltrated the church from false disciples. Under the control of the Holy Spirit, John starts with the basics that we must believe in order to know God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write that your joy may be full. 1 John 1:1-4
God declares through John, that His apostles are the eyewitnesses to His Son Jesus Christ and are therefore, the only ones who are called by Him to give that testimony, preserved for us in the Holy Bible, which results in sinners knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son. We must be led of the Holy Spirit to the testimony about Jesus Christ that corresponds to the truth recorded for us in the pages of Holy Writ. It is this testimony about the Son that saves sinners who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and gives us the joyful assurance of forgiveness of sins and eternal life with God Almighty. We can trust this eyewitness account and the message that comes from this historical event, for it is this message alone that believed upon results in the joy of fellowship with the Father, His Son, and other genuine believers.
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 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 that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10
The Holy Spirit gets right to the heart of the issue of what separates us from God; it is the fact that all have sinned and walk in darkness. Since God is light, and there is no darkness at all in Him, for us to have fellowship with Him, to experience Him in our lives, we must walk in the light. How does that come about? It happens when we confess that we are sinners, repent of our sins (to abhor sin and stop doing it!) , and put our faith in His Son Jesus Christ who is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. To deny the reality of sin is to deny the truth and to disregard the Word of God. How many who claim to follow Jesus are still walking in darkness? By the antics of the visible church it would appear that the vast majority are still in their sins, refusing to acknowledge with God that they are sinners, to confess that they have sinned, and turning to the truth of the Scriptures, the testimony that He has given us about His Son. If we walk in the light of the truth of the Word of God we have fellowship with God and other believers, because the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. We have to know the truth to be saved by the truth and the only source of the truth is the Word of God. The truth about Jesus Christ and His saving work for us, His horrible death upon the cross as He suffered for the sins of the whole world, and His resurrection from the dead, hallelujah!, is found only in the Bible, and to go to any other source will only lead to blindness and death. Those who are genuinely saved will love the Scriptures and continually resort to them to build themselves up on their most holy faith and strengthen their amazing relationship with the Living God.
Now does this mean that those who have repented of their sins and trusted Christ as their Lord and Savior will never sin again? The Word of God says no, even though we are cautioned NOT TO SIN! Jesus Christ is always there for us; His intercessory work at the right hand of the Majesty on High is crucial for our right standing before our Holy and Awesome God Who is a consuming Fire!
1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and nor for ours only but also for the whole world. 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in Him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:1-6
So all of those false professors who walk according to the world and the dictates of their unredeemed flesh are proving their father is the devil. We don’t need to argue with those who reject the truth and follow lies, we need to present the truth to them and pray that God will save them. As the dearly beloved of the Father, when we are tempted to sin, let us remember the Holy High Priestly ministry of our glorious Savior, Jesus Christ on our behalf, and let us run to Him in time of need. May God bless us to shine the light of the glory of the gospel to all around us for their good and Christ’s praise.
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16
Heavenly Father, so many are deceived and walking in darkness preferring the lies of the enemy to the truth of God. May we by the enabling of Your Holy Spirit, stand fast for the truth of Your Word the Bible and be faithful witnesses about Jesus Christ who walked this earth and fulfilled Your exact will to give us an understanding that whosoever should repent of their sins and believe in Him has eternal life. May we be faithful to share the life giving message from the only source of truth which is Your Word the Bible. Please bless us for the work that You have for us to Your glory. Amen.