April 29, 2018
These things we write unto that your JOY may be full! The never ending search for JOY is right here in God's Word. The Apostle John opens up his letter with a clear layout of his purpose (and really it's God purpose) in writing this letter. And one of those reasons is that your joy may be full.
Full joy? Almost seems to good to be true. You mean to tell me (Apostle John) that my cup-of-joy can be filled to the brim? C'mon! You mean that during my trials, heart-ache, pain, and suffering that I can somehow, in some way, be furnished with JOY? You mean to tell me that in the impending doom that awaits my JOY can be replenished to the top level?
Yes, Yes and Yes!
Jesus spelled out a horrific tragedy that was about to befall Him during the last supper but ended it all with a "...be of good cheer..." How's that possible? He ended that line by saying, "...I have overcome this world."
John wants me to know that through Jesus, by Jesus and standing with Jesus, my JOY can be restored. Only by the infilling of Jesus (the Comforter) in this fleshly body (baptism of the Holy Ghost...a.k.a Jesus) can a sorrowful heart, pessimistic attitude be converted to a vessel FULL of JOY! To truly be filled with JOY, I must completely be filled with One that is the Comforter.
Let me tell you from first-hand experience, I know that one's JOY can be restored from the depths of despair and it was only by leaning on Him.
John describes the purpose of his letter
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;
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;)
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.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
We must make our lives a living testimony of our profession of faith
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.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 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.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 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 that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
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I really like the first 4 verses... pretty clear about what John experienced and now lives and shares. Full of Joy. So thankful.
Praise the Lord for this! Excellent, Bro. Garrett. I have found that the real secret to our joy is represented in verse 9."If we confess our sins......". One of the most powerful forces in the spiritual world is REPENTANCE. When we do with ALL our heart there is a warm cleansing that illustrates our heart and mind. I find myself in a constant need to repent. Repentance is amazing. So amazing is the experience that when it happens some in the religious community think they have discovered all that can be had in a saving experience with God. As we know, it gets better! Fantastically better with the refreshing baptism of the Holy Ghost!