Can light and darkness join as one? Can God take away our darkness and bring us into the glorious light? The Apostle John writes in 1 John that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. This statement is the very truth that gives us hope for our God is holy and full of light. Many may offer light, but only One is the true light and that One is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. So, what is your light?
First John Chapter 1
The main theme of the first four verses of 1 John deals with the fact that we have eyewitnesses to what Jesus has done here on Earth. John speaks about the things which we have heard, seen, and handled concerning the Word of life, which is Jesus Christ. We are also eyewitnesses because we have been brought to this place due to our unique relationship with the Living God. The world wonders what we are doing when we pray to an unseen God. What the world does not understand, but John, the early church, and Christians do understand is that there is a real, tangible presence of the Living God with us. God's presence is with us and that is what we celebrate. In the presence of the Lord there is fullness of joy and without Him there is great absence of joy. This fullness of joy is not based on our circumstances, but on the very nature of who He is. As we learn to come to His feet and recognize His presence, we will find completion, fullness, and maturity.
There is a difference between light and darkness, in fact many times they are juxtaposed, one being in opposition to the other. Here we see that the Light illuminates a lost and hurting world and is proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ. God is light and this is an important portion of His nature and character. This presumes that the world, standing lost in sin and separated from God, is covered spiritual darkness. The world tries very hard to adjust to the darkness with many false lights, but the truth of the matter is that there is one, pure, heavenly Light. God is the One and only One who illuminates. Isaiah 6:1-3 tells us that out of God radiates and emanates an amazing glory and glorious nature. God alone is the light of truth. God not only brings the effusive light from His being, but also personally in truth brings light and illumination to the mind of mankind. God is a light that shines brighter than every moral standard that has ever been erected in the history of humanity. There will never be any religion or god that is able to match the moral clarity, purity, and holiness that is possessed by our God.
God also is light in that He stands as a beautiful tower in the distance shining out to a lost sea of humanity that searches for God in utter darkness. John 1:3-11 reminds us of what faced Jesus when He came into the world which was covered in darkness. We read of a loving, beautiful God reaching into this dark realm of humanity with a bright, shining Light. Jesus is that Light that leads humanity out of the darkness.
Walking in darkness is separation from God and it is very dangerous. What we say reflects what is in our heart. Verse 6 of our text talks about our fellowship with Him. This refers to our relationship and communion with Jesus. If we say we know Jesus and we are His good friend, yet we live life in such a way that it demonstrates separation from God and a lack of knowledge of who He is, then we lie and do not practice the truth. This doesn't mean that we don't know the truth, as there is a difference between knowing and practicing. John 3:19-21 tells us that darkness is practicing evil and is apart from God. If you say you know God, are His friend, and have a relationship with Him, but live a life that is practicing evil, a life where you scatter from His light, then you do not truly know God. Christianity goes straight to the heart of the matter, thus preventing us from becoming religious hypocrites. A real walk with God keeps bringing us back to the center, asking us if we really want to know the truth.
If we walk in such a way where we order our lifestyle in the same light that Jesus is in, then we have fellowship with Him, and His blood cleanses us from all our sin. One of the things God asks of us is that we be true. Truth before God is very, very important. He requires truth in the inner being and truth from every one of us. Jesus shines His light on the lost sinner regardless of the type of sin, thus leveling everyone out. Jesus is God and His word about Himself is enough.
Light is very demanding. We must live in the bright radiance of truth and without any deception. There are three options we can choose from:
Self Deception. If we choose this option and say that we have no sin, then we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Deception and self-deception are easy and prominent.
Forgiveness of sin. If we choose this option, then we confess our sins and He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us. Honesty counts in the kingdom of God. Confession is very healthy for the believer. If you pretend that you are sinless, the only person you're kidding is yourself; therefore, it's okay to admit what everybody else already knows, especially God. God is perfect and He has the right to forgive us for our sins and wash us and cleanse us from our unrighteousness. God makes this deal with humanity. The sin spoken of here is individual sin. As believers, if we confess our sins daily, He is faithful to wash us, cleanse us, and send us back on your way out into the world.
Making God out to be a liar. This is the option we really do not want to choose. If we say we have not sinned, we make God out to be a liar. Don't tell a lie if you're standing in front of God. Another important thing to note is never call God a liar. In the end you are the one who will be found to be the liar. To say that we are sinless doesn't make us sinless. It is better to live in healthy openness before God, ready to confess, ready to be cleansed, ready to be free to move about and do whatever you need to do.
The believer is called God's child. We are not to live a life that is marked by throwing care and caution to the wind because Jesus has forgiven us. But when we do sin, we have an Advocate, one who is alongside us. Jesus stands alongside us in front of God, covering our sins with His blood. Jesus is the Advocate for the believer. He is the One who is with us and if God is with us, who can be against us? Jesus became the exact, appropriate sacrifice for the sins of humanity. He is the payment for all of our sins. God's wrath is appeased by the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus died for the whole world. He is real love and real light for a dark place.
As we go through this week, let these words take root in our mind and realize that we are separate from this world. We are no longer walking in darkness. We have become light bearers of the truth of Jesus and what He has done.
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