Greetings, I wanted to try something a little bit different today, maybe this will help you get more involved in our study. I will only share my brief summary, then you can take some extra time to think about the meaning and to develop some thoughts of your own, I hope you like this idea, if not, do let me know.
Here’s the passage:
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. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:1-6 ESV)
My little children, I’m writing to you all these things, so that you will not sin. Also, so you know that if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is the one who has made the forgiveness we have from the Father possible, but it’s not just ours, it is also for the sins of the whole world. Through this, we have been able to truly know Him, if we obey Him. Whoever says they know God but does not obey Him is a liar, and the truth is not in Him, but whoever is obedient to Him, truly the love of God is perfected. Because of this, we know that we are in Him: whoever says He is with Him ought to live in the same way in which Christ walked.
Please note that this is only my interpretation of the passage, I’m not trying to reshape this into something more relevant or effective for you, I believe the Bible is fully sufficient for itself no matter what I say, my only hope through sharing my interpretation, is that it will help provoke thoughts of your own and challenge you to think more deeply about the passage.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, I’d also think it’d be interesting to have a good discussion on this passage. Or you can contact me and share your thoughts in that way, in case you’d rather not comment.
Enjoy your day!