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1 John 1:10

    1 John 1:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If we say that we have no sin, we make him false and his word is not in us.

    Webster's Revision

    If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    World English Bible

    If we say that we haven't sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 John 1:10

    If we say that we have not sinned - In times that are past. Some perhaps might be disposed to say this; and as the apostle is careful to guard every point, he here states that if a man should take the ground that his past life had been wholly upright, it would prove that he had no true religion. The statement here respecting the past seems to prove that when, in 1 John 1:8, he refers to the present - "if we say we have no sin" - he meant to say that if a man should claim to be perfect, or to be wholly sanctified, it would demonstrate that he deceived himself; and the two statements go to prove that neither in reference to the past nor the present can anyone lay claim to perfection.

    We make him a liar - Because he has everywhere affirmed the depravity of all the race. Compare the notes at Romans 1; 2; 3. On no point have his declarations been more positive and uniform than on the fact of the universal sinfulness of man. Compare Genesis 6:11-12; Job 14:4; Job 15:16; Psalm 14:1-3; Psalm 51:5; Psalm 58:3; Romans 3:9-20; Galatians 3:21.

    And his word is not in us - His truth; that is, we have no true religion. The whole system of Christianity is based on the fact that man is a fallen being, and needs a Saviour; and unless a man admits that, of course he cannot be a Christian.

    Remarks On 1 John 1

    (1) The importance of the doctrine of the incarnation of the Son of God, 1 John 1:1-2. On that doctrine the apostle lays great stress; begins his Epistle with it; presents it in a great variety of forms; dwells upon it as if he would not have it forgotten or misunderstood. It has all the importance which he attached to it, for.

    (a) it is the most wonderful of all the events of which we have any knowledge;

    (b) it is the most deeply connected with our welfare.

    (2) the intense interest which true piety always takes in this doctrine, 1 John 1:1-2. The feelings of John on the subject are substantially the feelings of all true Christians. The world passes it by in unbelief, or as if it were of no importance; but no true Christian can look at the fact that the Son of God became incarnate but with the deepest emotion.

    (3) it is an object of ardent desire with true Christians that all others should share their joys, 1 John 1:3-4. There is nothing selfish, or narrow, or exclusive in true religion; but every sincere Christian who is happy desires that all others should be happy too.

    (4) wherever there is true fellowship with God, there is with all true Christians, 1 John 1:3-4. There is but one church, one family of God; and as all true Christians have fellowship with God, they must have with each other.

    (5) wherever there is true fellowship with Christians, there is with God himself, 1 John 1:3-4. If we love his people, share their joys, labor with them in promoting his cause, and love the things which they love, we shall show that we love him. There is but one God, and one church; and if all the members love each other, they will love their common God and Saviour. An evidence, therefore, that we love Christians, becomes an evidence that we love God.

    (6) it is a great privilege to be a Christian, 1 John 1:3-4. If we are Christians, we are associated with:

    (a) God the Father;

    (b) with his Son Jesus Christ;

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