THE FIRST EPISTLE
Author: John, the author of the Gospel of John, as indicated by this book's comparable style and tone.
Time of Writing: Approximately A.D. 90-95, after John's return from exile on Patmos, according to church history and the content of this book.
Place of Writing: Ephesus, where, according to church history, John ministered in his last days.
Recipients: The believers in general, who have the eternal life of God by believing into the Son of God (5:11-13).
The Fellowship of the Divine Life
I. The Fellowship of the Divine Life
A. The Manifestation of the Divine Life
1 1That which was 2from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have aseen with our beyes, which we 3beheld and our hands 4chandled, concerning the 5Word of 6life
2 (And the 1alife was 2bmanifested, and we have seen and ctestify and report to you 3the deternal life, which was 4ewith the 5Father and was 6manifested to us);
B. The Divine Fellowship
3 That which we have 1seen and heard we report 2also to you that you 2also may have 3afellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the 4Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things we write that 1our 2ajoy may be made full.
C. The Condition of the Divine Fellowship
1. Confessing Our Sins
5 1And this is the amessage which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that 2God is 3blight and in Him is no 4darkness at all.
6 If we say that we 1have fellowship 2with Him and yet 3walk in the adarkness, we 4blie and are not 5practicing the 6truth;
7 But if we awalk in the light as He 1is in the light, we 2have fellowship with one another, and the 3bblood of 4Jesus His Son 5cleanses us from every 6sin.
8 If we say that we 1do not have sin, 2we are deceiving ourselves, and the 3atruth is not in us.
9 If we 1aconfess our sins, He is 2bfaithful and crighteous to dforgive us our esins and 3fcleanse us from all 4gunrighteousness.
10 If we say that we 1have anot sinned, we make Him a bliar, and His 2cword is not in us.