While I was reading over 1 John 1:5-10, which in the ESV Bible has a title, “Walking in the Light”, I wondered about this light, since the Bible did not have those subheadings I wanted to know more. Now, this “light” is: GOD. In 1 John 1:5 the Bible clearly states/defines: “….God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.” Of course, as Christ-following, Christ-faithful-disciples, we take God’s word as inerrant (freedom from error or untruths, certainty, assuredness, objective certainty, infallibility). However, we feel the need to try to decipher what God of all Creation means when He says, He is light.
To attempt to figure out God in our human brains is impossible (how can the created figure out how the Creator made the heavens? Or understand why I just took that breath?!), however, we can cross check his Word to “verify” what he told us was the truth. As if, (I feel a “Clueless” twinge every time I say or write those two words together) we, mere mortals could verify the Creator, however, let us for time sake try.
Here are some passages to help clarify light; (John 8:12) Jesus is the light of the world, (Isaiah 9:2) The people who walk in darkness will see a great light — a light that will shine on all who live in the land where death casts its shadow, (Ephesians 5:8-9) For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true, (Ephesians 5:14a) And where your light shines, it will expose their evil deeds.
So, this “light” symbolizes knowledge, purity, life (not death and darkness). This “light” is also Jesus fulfilling the Old Testament promises of the “light of salvation” and here is a large contrast, God’s nature = light, while our nature is, darkness in the form of human sin. When we Christians “Walk in the Light” our lives will NOT be characterized by hidden sins, lies or deception, therefore, reflecting God’s perfection in daily life a) correct doctrine (truth) and b) moral purity (holiness) Now, since we live this side of heaven, in this sinful flesh, some sin remains in every Christian’s life. That is where the “light” of Christ shines brightest–on my sin.
The pricking of our heart (conviction) when we sin (J.I. Packer defined sin, in the sense of ungodly and anti-God inclinations in the heart), is God’s way of turning us (repent) from the darkness of sin back to the light. Please enjoy this song rendition (not the original mind you, this is featuring Sara Groves, Phil Keaggy and Bela Fleck). To give credit to Charlie Peacock:
“Oh, what’s going on inside of me?
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicions
I’m still a man in need of a Savior
I wanna be in the light as you are in the light
I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens
Oh, Lord be my light and be my salvation”