by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
First Epistle of John

Man calls sin an accident; God calls it an
Man calls sin a blunder; God calls it a blight.
Man calls sin a chance; God calls it a choice.
Man calls sin a defect; God calls it a disease.
Man calls sin an error; God calls it enmity.
Man calls sin fascination; God calls it fatality.
Man calls sin infirmity; God calls it iniquity.
Man calls sin luxury; God calls it lawlessness.
Man calls sin a trifle; God calls it a tragedy.
Man calls sin a mistake; God calls it madness.
Man calls sin a weakness; God calls it willfulness.

Whatever you may think about sin, I want to remind you
that the First Epistle of John deals with the sin
question very definitely, and John tells plainly that
Christ is the only answer, that He is the propitiation
for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins
of the whole world.

John deals also with the word FELLOWSHIP. We read in
this wonderful epistle that truly our fellowship is
with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. John
says, "What we have heard we declare unto you that ye
also may have fellowship with us. Our Fellowship is
with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ."
"Fellowship." It is an amazing statement. There is one
thing about fellowship in the family of God and that
is that it cannot be carried on without the sin-
question being settled. The sin-question has got to be
settled if we are going to have fellowship one with
another and with God.

God says that if we say we have no sin, we deceive
ourselves and the truth is not in us. God holds before
us the goal of sinlessness! "My little children, I
write unto you that ye SIN NOT." But He tells us that
if we do sin, it is not hopeless; we have an Advocate
with the Father. Jesus represents us up there. He has
already paid for our sins. He is the Propitiation for
our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of
the whol ...

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