Biblical joy cannot be experienced apart from a proper relationship with God.
Joy is only found in God’s presence:
Ps 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
You receive this joy at salvation:
Ps 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
“Writing these things” is a part of the Book of 1John, therefore joy is found in God’s word:
1 Jn 1:4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
How is Biblical joy complete?
Jn 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. Jn 15:8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. Jn 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. Jn 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. Jn 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
The idea of joy in these verses are in the form of a chiastic with the teaching point being "prove to be disciples". How much joy do you want...imitate Christ.
Abide in Christ
Abide in the Word
Prove to be Disciples
Abide in Love
Keep the Commandments
Your Joy may be Full
Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 4:25 AM CDT