(August 30, 2013)
John’s writings have always caused me to struggle a bit to follow exactly what he is saying. In these chapters, John highlights the importance of recognizing our guilt (if we say we have not sinned, we are lying). In subsequent chapters he teaches that those who are converted and have the Spirit do not sin. I reconcile these two conflicting statements by thinking that the purpose of John’s teaching is to show us how easily we lose the Spirit when we are not careful and how difficult it is to maintain the Spirit with me at all times. But I am not certain that is what he is attempting to teach with this apparent contradiction.