a reply to: BELIEVERpriest
1) We are saved by Faith
"Saved" in the New Testament doesn't mean the same thing as
in modern pop-culture religion, which is a guaranteed golden ticket to the Rapture.
It is rather the analog of the Old Testament version of salvation, such as the Israelites crossing the Red Sea to escape Pharaoh's army, to gather in
Sinai as the congregation of the saved.
The NT version is the church as the congregation of the saved, believing in Jesus rather than following Moses.
The "Faith" is the entrée into this community, rather than making an oath to follow hundreds of laws, as the Israelites were obligated to.
People "saved" in the NT sense are no more guaranteed heaven than individuals of the Sinai Israelites were guaranteed the promised land.
The group in general, does, otherwise 'being saved', as a term, would be meaningless.
3) We are identified with Jesus' Royal Priesthood, making
each Christian a believer-priest before God
Again, this is an allusion to the covenant of Sinai, where the promise from YHWH was that they
were to become a nation of priests.
The idea is that Christianity is in no way inferior to the old covenant scheme.
It is not supposed to be taken literally.
4) The Holy Spirit dwells within us, but it is our choice whether or not to let Him work through us.
The "Holy Spirit" is the third person of the godhead, so does not literally dwell in us.
There is a spirit that is holy, that is God's, that comes to us through Jesus, that does dwell in us as the life-giving spirit that replaces the
natural spirit that ordinarily leads us to sin and death.
Since we still sin on a regular basis, we should confess those sins privately to God
the Father directly, on a regular basis.
1 John is not concerned with what we do "privately".
It is about the benefits of a Christian community.
I think that he is promoting something like you see in the movies about AA meetings, that you first admit that you are an alcoholic.
In the world of 1 John, you would say, "Hello, my name is John, and I'm a sinner".
. . . and I certainly hope that any reader of 1 John 1:9
realizes that sins must be confessed to God. But we are called out of the world to be trained as Kings and Priests for Jesus future kingdom. If we are
each priests before God, then it should be obvious that a priest must confess his/her own sins regularly.
No, I think you are way off on this.
You are taking something unrelated from Peter to interpret this.
The writer here makes a comment that "the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness."
I think it could be a reference to communion, with the shared wine being symbolic of Jesus' blood.
Our being subject to examination by the congregation encourages towards a life of righteousness, if for no other reason than the avoidance of shame
while "walking in the light".
That has always been a function of biblical priesthood.
You are attempting to inject an element that
doesn't belong in a discussion of 1 John.
The Book of Hebrews makes an analogy to the temple priesthood but it is understood as just that, an analogy, and not something literal.
9-7-2014 by jmdewey60 because: (no reason given)