if we may say -- 'we have not sin,' ourselves we lead astray, and the truth is not in us;
1 John 1:8 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If we say that we have no sin - This is tantamount to 1 John 1:10 : If we say that we have not sinned. All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; and therefore every man needs a Savior, such as Christ is. It is very likely that the heretics, against whose evil doctrines the apostle writes, denied that they had any sin, or needed any Savior. In deed, the Gnostics even denied that Christ suffered: the Aeon, or Divine Being that dwelt in the man Christ Jesus, according to them, left him when he was taken by the Jews; and he, being but a common man, his sufferings and death had neither merit nor efficacy.
We deceive ourselves - By supposing that we have no guilt, no sinfulness, and consequently have no need of the blood of Christ as an atoning sacrifice: this is the most dreadful of all deceptions, as it leaves the soul under all the guilt and pollution of sin, exposed to hell, and utterly unfit for heaven.
The truth is not in us - We have no knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus, the whole of which is founded on this most awful truth - all have sinned, all are guilty, all are unholy; and none can redeem himself. Hence it is as necessary that Jesus Christ should become incarnated, and suffer and die to bring men to God.
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1 John 1:6,10 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth...
1 John 3:5,6 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin...
1 Kings 8:46 If they sin against you, (for there is no man that sins not,) and you be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy...
2 Chronicles 6:36 If they sin against you, (for there is no man which sins not,) and you be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies...
Job 9:2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with your servant: for in your sight shall no man living be justified.
Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth, that does good, and sins not.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities...
Jeremiah 2:22,23 For though you wash you with nitre, and take you much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before me, said the Lord GOD...
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
James 1:22,26 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves...
2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes...
1 John 2:4 He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.
2 John 1:2 For the truth's sake, which dwells in us, and shall be with us for ever.
3 John 1:3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brothers came and testified of the truth that is in you, even as you walk in the truth.
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