But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7-9
To recap the last two posts. We've been studying this passage. We discovered it was not written to believers. We also saw that 1 John 1:9 was written to a specific type of unbeliever. One who did not even acknowledge sin existed. In order to counter this serious error the Apostle John under the guidance of the Spirit addressed this issue. He did not want this error infiltrating the Church. For if we taught there was no sin then what is the motivation for telling others about the need for Christ? It would be an exercise in futility.
Thank the Lord the Gnostic view was untrue. We also began to address the secondary doctrine this passage is used to promote. That is that when we miss it we lose fellowship with God. In answering this idea I first brought out the truth that the Church never walks in darkness. I showed from the Word that we as believers are children of the light.
Now because some teach that whenever we sin or miss it we are then walking in darkness, this idea of lost fellowship has taken root in the Church. So how do we uproot this tradition? It begins with looking to the Word as the final authority. With the light of the Word shining these man made philosophies fall by the wayside.
The word fellowship in the original Greek language is the word koinonia. It literally means partnership, participation, communication, communion and fellowship. So if we sin we can no longer communicate with God? What about those teaching 1 John 1:9 is to believers? How can we even confess our sins if, because of sin, we lose fellowship, or communication with God? We wouldn't even be able to "communicate" with Him to confess our faults. You see how law minded folk and tradition bound saints never see their viewpoint taken to its conclusions?
Search your Bible. The word fellowship is only found fourteen times in the entire New Covenant. Nowhere does it even come close to teaching this idea we lose fellowship if we miss it. Consider this truth. We have a better Covenant. It is established on better promises.