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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 John 1:8-10

Here, I. The apostle, having supposed that even those of this heavenly communion have yet their sin, proceeds here to justify that supposition, and this he does by showing the dreadful consequences of denying it, and that in two particulars:?1. If we say, We have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us, 1 John 1:8. We must beware of deceiving ourselves in denying or excusing our sins. The more we see them the more we shall esteem and value the remedy. If we deny them, the... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 John 1:8-10

1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, we can rely on him in his righteousness to forgive us our sins and to make us clean from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us. In this passage John describes and condemns two further mistaken ways of thought. (i) There is the man who says that he has no sin. That may mean either of two things. It may... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 John 1:10

If we say that we have not sinned ,.... Have never sinned, in time past as well as now; deny original sin, and that men are born in sin, but affirm they come into the world pure and holy; and assert that concupiscence is not sin; and so not regarding internal lusts and desires as sinful, only what is external, fancy they have so lived as to have been without sin: but if any of us give out such an assertion, we make him a liar : that is, God, who in his word declares that the wicked are... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 John 1:10

Verse 10 10We make him a liar He goes still further, that they who claim purity for themselves blaspheme God. For we see that he everywhere represents the whole race of man as guilty of sin. Whosoever then tries to escape this charge carries on war with God, and accuses him of falsehood, as though he condemned the undeserving. To confirm this he adds, and his word is not in us; as though he had said, that we reject this great truth, that all are under guilt. We hence learn, that we then only... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 John 1:5-10

Message from Christ brought to bear on fellowship with God. I. NATURE OF GOD , "And this is the message which we have heard from him, and announce unto you, that God is Light, and in him is no darkness at all." Christ's message is supported by the conviction that he has a message to deliver. The apostolic message, which has still to be delivered, was received directly from the lips of Christ. It has particular reference to the nature of God, viz. his being Light, with which we are to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 John 1:8-10

Man's attitude towards his own sins. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves," etc. It is implied that man is a sinner, that even Christian men "have sin." The renewed nature is not, in our present condition, an altogether sinless nature. The saintly apostle includes himself in the "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves," etc. But this is not the same moral condition as "walking in the darkness" ( 1 John 1:6 ). In that condition the man "is in the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 John 1:10

Once more we have no mere repetition, but a fresh thought. "We have not sin" ( 1 John 1:8 ) refers to our natural condition; "we have not sinned" ( 1 John 1:10 ) refers to definite acts. Note the climax: we lie ( 1 John 1:6 ); we lead ourselves utterly astray ( 1 John 1:8 ): we make God a liar ( 1 John 1:10 ). The whole of God's dealing with man since the Fall, especially in the Incarnation, is based on the fact of man's innate sinfulness. To deny this fact, therefore, is to charge... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 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... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 John 1:8-10

1 John 1:8-10. If we say Before Christ’s blood has cleansed us; that we have no sin To be cleansed from; or if, even after we have experienced the cleansing virtue of his blood, and are acquitted through the merit of it from all past guilt, and saved from all evil tempers, words, and works; if, even after this, after we are both justified, regenerated, and sanctified, we say we have no sin, but are perfectly sinless, and that our spirit and conduct can bear the scrutiny of God’s... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 John 1:1-10

1:1-2:17 LIVING IN THE LIGHTFellowship with God (1:1-2:6)In the opening few words of his letter, John states clearly certain facts about Jesus Christ that are basic to Christianity. Jesus Christ is the eternal God and he became a real man whom John and his fellow apostles have seen, heard and touched (1:1-2). John’s joy will be complete if he knows that he and his readers share together in the eternal life that comes to them through Jesus Christ. This life unites them to one another as well as... read more

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