So is this Works?
This is addressed to Christians. We have to live the life. We have to confess our sins to God as Christians though Jesus.
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 IF we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 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, purifies us from all[b] sin.
verse 7 shows IF WE KEEP THE WALK THE SON PURIFIES.
8 IF WE( Christians) claim to be Without Sin, WE DECEIVE ourselves and the TRUTH IS NOT in US. 9 IF WE CONFESS Our SINS, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
There are several IF s in this by John The Apostle.
IF is defined as Condition, Requirement Or Stipulation in my Dictionary.
Notice every One of the words IF the true meaning it reads after this word if are presented for true understanding.
Notice Decieve. Deceive equals if We Claim to be with out Sins.
Notice how we make God a liar and His Word is Not in Us.
Do Not Be Decieved. Why would The Apostle John write These exact words!
He uses the word "We" meaning he includes himself.
He uses a lot of We's too. Hmmmm. Do Not Be Deceived!
Jesus I Pray for All to Understand Your Apostles Words !
Praise You Jesus Always!
Glory Be To The Father ,Son and Holy Spirit!
I believe crosshairs would jump for joy while rereading 1John. The warnings against a deceptive gospel sounds right up his alley.
Our heart of love for God is what saves us, not following prescriptions.
John tells us that even as we who abide in Him sin, the love from God helps to overcome it.