Thursday, August 25, 2011

Walking In the Light


This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  (1 John 1:5-7)


Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable.  Darkness represents what is sinful and evil.  The statement “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin.  Light is also related to truth in that light exposes whatever exists, whether it is good or bad.  God is light by nature, in His essential being, just as He is Spirit (John 4:24) and love (1 John 4:8, 16).  Light refers to God’s moral character.  God is holy, untouched by any evil or sin – there is no darkness at all.   Because God is light, those who desire fellowship with Him must also be pure.


In the dark, good and evil look alike; in the light, they can be clearly distinguished.  Just as darkness cannot exist in the presence of light, sin cannot exist in the presence of a Holy God.  If we want to have a relationship with God, we must put aside our sinful ways of living.  To claim that we belong to Him but then to go out and live for ourselves is hypocrisy.  Christ will expose and judge such deceit.

In 1 John 1:6, John was confronting the first of three claims of the false teachers:  that we can have fellowship with God and still walk in darkness.  False teachers who thought that the physical body was evil or worthless taught one of two approaches to behavior:  either they insisted on denying bodily desires through rigid discipline, or they approved of gratifying every physical lust because the body was going to be destroyed anyway.  Obviously the second approach was more popular!  Here John is saying that no one can claim to be a Christian and still live in evil and immorality.  We can’t love God and court sin at the same time.  To walk in darkness means to live contrary to the moral character of God, to live a sinful life. To claim fellowship with God without living a moral life or practicing the truth is to live a lie, since God cannot compromise His holiness to accommodate sin.

To walk in the light is to live in such a way that one is enlightened by the truth of who God is.  When a Christian’s conduct reflects God’s moral character, then real fellowship is possible with other Christians.  Our fellowship with God is dependent on walking in God’s light, where sin is revealed.  Such revelation enables us to see our sins and brings us to Jesus to seek salvation.  Only the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse us from all sin, making it possible for imperfect believers to have fellowship with a Holy God.

How does Jesus’ blood purify us from every sin?  In Old Testament times, believers symbolically transferred their sins to an animal, which they then sacrificed (Leviticus 4:1-35).  The animal died in their place to pay for their sin and to allow them to continue living in God’s favor.  God graciously forgave them because of their faith in Him, and because they obeyed His commandments concerning the sacrifice.   Those sacrifices anticipated the day when Christ would completely remove sin.  Real cleansing from sin came with Jesus, the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Sin, by its very nature, brings death – that is a fact as certain as the law of gravity.  Jesus did not die for His own sins; He had none.  Instead, by a transaction that we may never fully understand, He died for the sins of the world.  When we commit our lives to Christ and thus identify ourselves with Him, His death becomes ours.  He has paid the penalty for our sins, and His blood has purified us.  Just as Christ rose from the grave, we rise to a new life of fellowship with Him (Romans 6:4).

References: NKJV Holy Bible, Life Application Bible (NIV), the Nelson Study Bible.

16 comments:

Asia said...

Amen!

Susan Kane said...

Lloyd, it is so wonderful to see your name and read your blog.
Walking in the light--Such a wonderful message.

Bearshoes said...

Great post!

Gorges Smythe said...

Well said!

helpingcopewithhope said...

Brother Lloyd. This message is such an encouragement. Keep up the uncompromising truth of His Word!
Richard
www.helpingcopewithhope.blogspot.com

helpingcopewithhope said...

Brother Lloyd. Great message about the Light of God. I encourage you to keep up that uncompromising Word of Truth you bring. The Lord richly bless you.
Richard
www.helpingcopewithhope.blogspot.com

A Tua palavra é A Verdade ! said...

Olá Lloyd, graça e paz.

Grandes verdades que nunca podemos esquecer... parabéns pelo maravilhoso texto!!!

Thandi said...

Amen.

Laurie Collett said...

Dear Lloyd,

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog and for following mine! It is a blessing to read your Bible-based, doctrinally sound views. Praise God that when He looks at born-again believers, He sees not our sins, but the perfect righteousness of His Son that covers us and that has been imputed to our account. And Praise God that our sins have been imputed to His Son's account as He paid our sin debt in full through His perfect sacrifice, allowing peace and reconciliation between sinful man and Holy God! Please see my thoughts on this topic at http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/2011/05/too-sinful-to-be-saved.html
God bless you! Laurie

Laurie Collett said...

Another great post! I have been thinking recently about what John said (that God is light) in the context of Einstein's theory of relativity. That theory says that if you could travel at the speed of light, that time would stand still, but that it is not physically possible to travel at the speed of light. Of course, we know that all things are possible with God! So, because the Bible says that God is light, it follows that God travels at the speed of light, and that for Him, time stands still. This might help explain how He can know all things past, present and future as He freely travels through time; how He has infinite time in which to hear all our prayers; and how for Him, a thousand years is as a day. And, when we are Raptured and caught up with Him in the air, time will stand still for us too, and we will have eternity to enjoy His presence! Thanks again, Lloyd, for your thoughts and sound doctrine. Blessings, Laurie http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

The Unknowngnome said...

Good post Lloyd!

dfish said...

Great post, Lloyd.

While Light exposes the truth, Darkness does it's best to hide it.

The secrecy found in so many religions indicates the presence of darkness.

Pamela Keane said...

I like the spirit of your posting, and I agree that we must try to live pure and sinless lives, but I also believe we often fail. That is when we learn how much God truly loves us, because he will not give up on us. He will teach us what it is we need to know, if we stay in relationship with him through the darkest valley, painful though that realization may be. He will lead us to the light. That is God's radical love.

I believe we can live in relationship with God and not have to be perfect. Only God is perfect.

Blessings to you, Llyod.

Never Forsaken said...

Very good truths shown here.
~Blessings~

Ian Curtis said...

Amen, Lloyd. I know the Holy Spirit led me here tonight because I was just in the company of professing Christians whose profession is belied by their lifestyle. It is grievous; it is really difficult to bear. I know these people are walking in darkness presently and are unwilling to come to the light because their deeds are evil, John 3:20. We know sin gives fleeting but genuine pleasure. A saint's true joy is "postponed" as it were until we come before our Lord. A sinner has his inheritence presently and revels in it; a believer is made to wait before the fullness of our inheritence is given. What is the better trade-off? The world or our soul?
Forgive me, but I am upset and rambling.
I'm hardly perfect...but I don't understand why we flirt with God and never make an effort to know Him. Thanks for the post, and sorry about the length of my response. Yours in Christ, Ian.

bibelaventyr said...

Nice post! Jesus is the light in our lives.
I like the picture very much! :)