1 John 1: The Word of Life

When we haven’t seen, what must we do to believe?

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John 20:29 “Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen me, yet believe.”
1 John 1:1 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, the Word of Life. We saw him with our own eyes, touched him with our own hands, and heard him with our own ears.
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John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
1 John 1:1 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, of the Word of life;

When we have seen, what must we do to not believe?

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1 John 1:2 That life became plainly visible, and we are eyewitnesses. He who was with the Father has been revealed, making eternal life available to you.
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1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

When people looked at Jesus, what did they see?

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Matthew 8:8–9 But the officer felt unworthy for Jesus to come. “I am not important enough for you to enter my house. Just give the order, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority. At my command under Caesar, my soldiers come and go and do exactly what I say.”
Matthew 9:34 But the Pharisees said, “He casts out devils by the power of Satan.”
Matthew 27:54 When the centurion and his guards felt the earthquake and saw all that had happened, they feared for their lives and said, “This man really was the Son of God.”
John 3:1–2 Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the Jewish ruling council, came to Jesus at night. “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher sent from God. Your miracles prove your authority.”
John 4:19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet.”
John 14:8 Philip said, “Master, show us the Father and that will satisfy our needs.”
1 John 1:2 That life became plainly visible, and we are eyewitnesses. He who was with the Father has been revealed, making eternal life available to you.
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Matthew 8:8–9 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
Matthew 9:34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
Matthew 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
John 3:1–2 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
John 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.”
John 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

Why do we trust someone else’s word for what they have seen? What might lead us not to trust their words?

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1 John 1:3 We declare what we have seen and heard so you may join us in fellowship with Father God and his Son Jesus Christ.
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1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

How do you think John’s letter affected those who read it?

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1 John 1:4 We write these words to you so your joy may be complete.
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1 John 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Jesus sent his disciples to preach the “Kingdom of God.” What do you think were the most important elements of the message?

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1 John 1:5 We received this message from the Lord and declare it unto you. God is light, without even a shadow of darkness.
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1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we have a title that defines who we are and what our responsibilities are, what happens if we don’t do the work?

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Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who calls me master will enter the Kingdom of Heaven but only those who do the will of my heavenly Father.”
Matthew 21:28–30 “Tell me what you think. A man told the older of two sons to go work in his vineyard. The son said, ‘No. I have other things to do.’ Later, he changed his mind and went. The man made the same request of the younger son, who said, ‘Yes, sir. I will.’ But he did not go.”
1 John 1:6 While walking in darkness, if we say we have fellowship with God, we lie with our words and actions, not practicing the truth.
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Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 21:28–30 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

Is it good or bad to claim a relationship with God that we don’t have? Why?

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1 John 1:6–7 While walking in darkness, if we say we have fellowship with God, we lie with our words and actions, not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the light of God’s truth, the sacrifice of his Son Jesus Christ takes away our sin so we can enjoy life together.
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1 John 1:6–7 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

What danger might exist in saying, “I sin every day”? Under what conditions is that good to say?

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1 John 1:8–10 If we say we haven’t sinned, we have deceived ourselves by embracing a lie that is far from the truth. If we confess our wrongdoing, he is sure to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we haven’t sinned, we have made a liar out of God, rejecting his message.
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1 John 1:8–10 If we say that 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. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.