1 John 4:4–7

Defaulting to Grace and other observations
The Dove
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5 min readJun 12, 2024

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Jesus is the Light

And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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John expressed his love for these little churches as he refused to give up on them in the midst of the false teachings that infiltrated the communities. He wrote these letters for his own joy, knowing that the readers would return to fellowship in the knowledge and love of Jesus. His reproof was gentle, but firm, treating these believers as children who require correction with mercy. He reiterated the text of his gospel, written shortly before the letters, that Jesus was the source of eternal life (John 3:16), no matter what those who denied the teachings said as they sought to divide the early Ephesian church.

John then set up a contrast with the readers would have been familiar: darkness and light. From the beginning of the Scriptures, darkness and light have served as symbols for good and evil, knowledge and ignorance, life and death. The Creator’s first words, “Let there be light” opened the world to an existence from…

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Defaulting to Grace and other observations
The Dove

By Stephanie Loomis: Lover of Jesus, Wife, Mom, Ama, Writer, Teacher, Photographer, Singer, Athlete, Artist...a modern Renaissance woman.