PRACTICAL COMMENTARY ON 1JOHN 1:6

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If we claim
This speaks to us of responsibility. With privilege of any description comes responsibility. A lot of people who say they are believers don’t realise this.
Being a true Christian is more than just words, in fact it’s even more than going to church. While that in itself is admirable, on its own it means nothing.

to have
This is in the present, it’s something that is happening right now. The Christian experience is not just for the future and it’s not confined to the past.
So the challenge to the believer is,  ‘if we claim to have’. If we say we’re Christians then there ought to be some evidence. If all we can do is look to previous experiences or point to what will be, then there’s something missing.

fellowship with him
There is a difference between having religion and having a relationship with God. The former is knowing about him but the latter is actually knowing him. That sums up true, biblical Christianity; it’s about being in fellowship with God.

and yet
It’s always good to have a check in the system and here’s the one in this situation. Anyone can claim anything and that includes saying you’re a Christian.
You can go to church, pray, read the Bible and so on and so forth, and while those things are good, in themselves they won’t make you a Christian. It’s all about fellowship with him. It’s what goes on initially on the inside not just the exterior.

walk
Whatever we believe will always affect the way we live; there is a direct link to what values we hold to and how we conduct ourselves.
We’re all on a walk in life, we all have behaviour. If we’re not happy with what we do then we need to reevaluate what we believe. It’s down to us, and the choices that we make, whether our personal journey is blessed or not.

in the darkness,
To walk with Christ is to live in the light; the effect of not being in faith is to walk in darkness.
Without illumination in the natural, we stumble, we trip and we fall. And it’s exactly the same spiritually – without the light of Christ to guide us we are lost.
Walking in darkness means we are unable to see dangers that lie ahead. We walk straight into trouble and conflict. We’re no more than a blindfolded man walking a tightrope. Disaster is inevitable.

we lie
Claiming that we are something when we quite clearly aren’t is telling lies. That’s the challenge to everyone who says that they are a Christian.
Being a follower of Christ is more than just going to church on a Sunday morning for an hour. Anyone can turn it on for a service and look the real deal.
But what about the rest of the week? It concerns me when I see people who say they are Christians and one post in Facebook is about God and the next is full of expletives.

and do not
There is something very definite about this, it’s a strong statement that speaks clearly. This is typical of the Bible, God’s Word, in that it doesn’t fence-sit.
When something is not right, when something is wrong, the Bible says so. It doesn’t waffle but states with clarity
That’s the great thing about it, even if you don’t like it, it lets you know where you stand.

live out
Christianity is more than just a set of head-knowledge beliefs. A lot more. We have to live out what we believe. In fact get the latter right and the former will drop into place.
How we live our lives is the true indication of how faith has really affected us. Anyone can be a Christian in church on a Sunday morning. But it’s what we do the rest of the week that really counts.

the truth.
Jesus said ‘I am the truth’, so by living for hm and living out his words we are living the truth. The person that walks in obedience is the one in the light.
We are recognised not by what we say but rather by what we do and how we live our lives. Good works alone won’t save us but they are an indication that we’re in the truth.

About Stewart Bloor

Fish a lot. Christian. Work in the world of professional football media. British nature. Passionate about much, obsessed about nothing.

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