Monday, May 16, 2016

1 John, Day 1 Readings

God's Life and Light   

Today's reading is the beginning of the first letter of John, which applies some of the themes explored in the Gospel of John directly to Christians.  At the outset of this letter, there is a brief defense of the nature of the author's testimony about God and Jesus Christ, which is similar to a discussion about testimony that Jesus has in the Gospel of John.

Also, in the opening verses of the Gospel of John, Jesus is described as the light which the darkness cannot overcome.  Here in 1 John is the simple presentation of that thought more fully -- God is perfect light.  The implication that follows is that when a person does or says something that has a dark component, it is the opposite of God and thus sinful.  Faithful Christians, who are awaiting eternal life, strive always to walk in the light of God.

Read 1 John 1:1-10  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 1 John 1 today.