Coming to the Light Part – 6

1 John 1:5-7 ——– 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.

What is the main value of light? Negatively, it helps you avoid danger. Positively, it helps you reach what you are after. When you walk in the darkness, you may stumble over a log, or step on a snake, or fall off a cliff, or hit your head on a low-hanging branch.

Darkness is full of threat. It frustrates your ability to attain your goal. But light changes all that. It exposes dangers and frees you from their lurking power. It opens the way to your goal. It is full of hope and promises the attainment of our goal.
“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” It means that if we draw near to God, we find freedom and hope and joy. In God, the stumbling logs and rattlesnakes and cliffs and low-hanging branches are all exposed and we are made safe from them.

Our goal of ultimate and eternal joy is secured in God because there is no darkness in God. There are no lurking shadows in God. There is no hidden agenda, no small print. He is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.

When we walk in darkness, we are controlled by the desires for the soft, warm underbellies of prestige and power and two-second pleasures of this world. This is the very opposite of what it means to have fellowship with God.

Fellowship with God means that we see things the way He sees them and have the same desires He has. If we are controlled by desires for the world instead of desires for God, it doesn’t matter whether we say we have fellowship with God or not; we don’t have it. Instead, we walk in darkness.

Walking in the light means seeing things the way God sees them and responding the way He does. We walk in the light when we hate the sin we fall into and name it for the ugly thing it is and agree with God about it and turn away from it.

When we repent of our sin and come to Jesus, regardless of our past, the blood of Jesus deals with the root of our sin and it is destroyed. This happens when we come to the light, receive the light and now walk in the light.

The Blood of Jesus cleanses us by the moral effect on our conscience, weaning us away from sin, giving us freedom from its power, and enslaving us more and more to the joy of righteousness.


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