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The Relationship between Joy and Sin (1 John 1:5-2:2)

Tony FelichTony Felich, August 29, 2004
Part of the Exposition of I, II, & III John series, preached at a Morning Worship service


We have fellowship with God through the sin-covering blood of Christ. However, we must remember that sin hinders the experience of this fellowship (a.k.a. joy)

What is Joy?
What is Sin?

I. You are called to maintain active fellowship with God (6-7)
A. Remember the Standard
B. Walk in the Light, not in darkness
C. Walking in the Light gives proof of your fellowship and promotes endurance to persevere

II. Be honest about your sin (8-10)
A. Come to grips with your inherent depravity
B. Confess your sins
C. Confession gives proof of your fellowship and promotes endurance to persevere.

III. You have an Advocate with the Father! (2:1-2)
A. Jesus Christ the Righteous
B. The “propitiation” for our sins….What’s that?
C. Also for the sins of the whole world?

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1 John 1:5-2:2

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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. 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.

2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (ESV)

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