Creed Day 5 Perfectly Pure: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days...are a pretty big deal at GT!

We search God's Word together, ask questions as we read, dig around to find the original intentions at the time of writing, and then make some applications to our everyday lives.
Along the way, we hope you'll pick up some new tools to study Scripture and you'll see truth in a new and accessible way!
Dig In!

The Passage

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1 John 1 English Standard Version (ESV)

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, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 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.

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.

The Questions

1) Why is there an emphasis on experiencing with the senses? What is being experienced?

2) What is the motivation for “proclaiming”

3) What danger is there in lying in this context?

4) In what ways do we walk in “darkness” and “light”?

The Findings for Intention

1) Why is there an emphasis on experiencing with the senses? What is being experienced?
John begins with a bold statement, “That which was from the beginning”.  The object of John’s focus is the timeless, ageless God in the person of Jesus Christ and John is making the point that Jesus is God and has always existed. The person of Jesus was never simply a “good man”, He was God in the flesh. John builds his credibility with his audience for everything else he will discuss in his letters by emphasizing that this Jesus, was personal and everything John learned from Him was up close, tangible, and very human. Hence the incredible juxtaposition of Jesus being both God and man!

2) What is the motivation for “proclaiming”
John’s motivation to boldly proclaim what he had discovered about the eternal life found in life Himself, Jesus Christ, is two-fold. First, he longs for others to find delight in the sweet gift of fellowship that he has known. That fellowship refers to the encouragement and love found within the Body of Christ, the Church, as well as deep intimacy with God through Jesus Christ. The second reason is also quite revealing as John simply claims that it makes his own joy complete.

3) What danger is there in lying in this context?
There are 3 specific ways mentioned where the potential for lying exists. 1. We make our lives look religious. We go to church, do all the right things, but our hearts, inside, are still walking in darkness. 2. When we can look at ourselves and think, “Ah, I’m a pretty good actually. I don’t really struggle with any sin,” deception has already taken a firm root. This attitude stems from justifying our actions and refusing to give voice to the conviction of the Holy Spirit 3. Saying we have never sinned is slightly different in verb form than #2, meaning that this self-declaration means we don’t believe we are in need of a Savior. In essence, everything the Bible teaches about our desperate, sinful state, we hold to be a lie. We make God out to be a liar, a truly dangerous position for our soul.

4) In what ways do we walk in “darkness” and “light”?

“Light” in this context carries the meaning of purity, flawlessness, and without blemish. In other words, perfectly righteous. We are to “walk in the light as He is in the light.” We are called to live like Christ, to be righteous. But oh how can this sinful being live as a blameless and righteous one?! John’s sentence does not even pause before He gives the remedy, “The blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.” (verse 7) Walking in the light means recognizing our sin, allowing the Spirit to convict our hearts, asking forgiveness, and drawing close to the Lord God! Walking in “darkness” is living in the lies of deception and refusing to acknowledge our sinfulness, instead justifying it to ourselves and, hopelessly, to the Holy God.

The Everyday Application

1) Why is there an emphasis on experiencing with the senses? What is being experienced?
These verses are all about telling John’s experience with Jesus. Ladies, John is telling his story in these letters! He is telling you that because of Jesus, here are the things he knows to be absolutely true about God, us, and the world around us. As you read through 1, 2, and 3rd John, you’ll notice the common phrasing of “that you may know”. John experienced Jesus and passed on what he knew to others. What have you learned about God in your own faith journey? Who have you told lately? Have you considered sharing your story, just like John? Check out Faces of Grace for an easy way to share your story!

2) What is the motivation for “proclaiming”
These 2 reasons should encourage us to share boldly! Not only do we gain a new level of intimacy with God and the Church by sharing the gospel and testifying of what Jesus has done in our lives, but there is a deep sense of joy, a “completed” joy that comes from sharing! If your spiritual life is lacking, reflect on the incredible goodness of God in your life. Note His radical transformation in you, and tell someone about it!!

3) What danger is there in lying in this context?
Note that each of these 3 instances of lying involves deceiving ourselves. We aren’t fooling the people around us, and we certainly aren’t tricking God into thinking we are more righteous than we are. Theses verses have stern consequences for lying to ourselves in these areas: the light and the truth are not in us. Meaning, me don’t truly have the salvation of Jesus. If your heart doesn’t pull away from sin, have the longing to be more like Christ, find delight in fellowship with other believers and time with God, perhaps your heart has never been remade. Ask the Spirit to pull back the blinders on your own eyes and reveal anew your desperate need for a Savior. Examine whether your heart truly yearns for His salvation and delight in the gift of eternal grace and mercy afforded us at the cross! If you have questions about salvation, we know what that feels like! Send us an email and share your thoughts!

4) In what ways do we walk in “darkness” and “light”?
It doesn’t get more practical than this, examine your day up to this moment, pray over it, and ask the Holy Spirit to bring conviction. Where are you choosing to allow Christ’s rich grace to cover over your choices and letting His love lead your body language, your voice, your thoughts, and your actions? Where have you chosen to lie to yourself and give an excuse for how you acted without love? Does your heart grieve over sin? The Father does not bring conviction in order to condemn us. No! He convicts to melt our hearts, sweep us up in His grand redemption, and bless us richly with grace upon grace of His lavish love! Surrender to those waves of mercy today!

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I Can Do That!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read through it (always more than a verse or two).
3) Write down your questions as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God in your everyday!

The Community!

Thanks for joining us today as we journeyed into Creed Week One!
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The Tools!

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources.  Just type in the verse you’re looking at and Boom! It’s right in front of you in English and Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament), which are the original languages the Bible was written in.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Find super awesome stuff like “origin”, “definition”, and even all the different ways that single word has been translated into English! If you want to be geeky, you can even click the word and hear its original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want to get more background on a word or phrasing or passage? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

The Why!

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus.
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