Question #68: Utilizing 1 John 1:5-2:2, prove that Christ’s death is the basis for Christian fellowship.
Answer: 1 Jn 1:5-8: God is light (v.5), we walk in darkness (v.6), the blood of Christ via His death cleanses us from all sin (v.7), argument of our sinful nature (v.8).
1 Jn 1:9-10: familial forgiveness of sins (v.9), argument #2 of our sinful nature and God’s veracity in His word (v.10).
1 Jn 2:1-2: the advocacy of Jesus Christ for us (v.1), His propitiation for our sins and the whole world’s (v.2).
The progression is clearly showing that we cannot have fellowship with God unless Christ’s blood via His death is not applied upon the sinner. When a Christian sins, though Satan accuses (Rev 12:10), Christ is the advocate for the Christian. In His advocacy, Christ constantly refers back to His death and the satisfaction of God through His propitiation.
One-Minute Theology with Chaplain T features the question and answer portions of the Systematic Theology courses that were part of my seminary work at Piedmont Baptist Graduate School. I will be posting one Q & A everyday until my ordination council meeting set for February 2014.