The Christian Church experienced the rise of various heresies, during the first century AD, the worst of which was the Gnosticism. The right message proclaimed by Jesus and the apostles was being obscured by baseless debates concerning the true nature of Jesus Christ. John wrote his Epistle to counter the erroneous theories about Jesus Christ. The misconceptions concerning the nature of Jesus Christ persisted throughout the history of the Christianity, and are very evident today.
Some, in John’s time, claimed that Jesus did not have a real human body, He only appeared to be human. Others promoted the idea that Jesus did not save the entire humankind from guilt and punishment for sin, but is continually saving the sinners individually, or vicariously. However, John insists: “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” 1 John 4:14, NIV. Jesus stated clearly; “’But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.'” John 12: 32, NIV. Jesus died once for all humankind, and He cannot die again.
John insists that the adherents to these false theories walk in darkness. “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” 1 John 1:6, NIV. If we do not know God, we do not know Jesus Christ either because Jesus is the God with us. If we only know about Jesus but do not know Him, we walk in darkness, and there is no truth in us. However, if we share in Christ, or remain in Him, we know Christ experientially and personally because He lives in us, and therefore, we walk in the light.
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