- To what unique experience in his life is the writer referring in verses 1- 4?
How does he describe it?
Cf. John 1:14. To what inestimable privilege did it lead him, and why does he want to make it known?
Cf. 1 Thess. 3:8, 9.
- The nature of God determines the conditions of fellowship with him.
See verses 6-10. How has he made fellowship with himself possible for sinful man?
What is his provision to enable fellowship to be maintained, and to meet failure if it should occur?
If man deny in one way or other their need of this provision, what can we conclude concerning them?
See verses 6, 8, 10.
Chapter 1:5. ‘light’ used in Scripture in various meanings, as signifying truth, goodness, joy, safety, life; just as ‘darkness’, on the contrary, denotes falsehood, evil, sorrow, peril, death. Here, ‘light’ signifies perfect truth and goodness, without any vestige of evil.