Walking in the Light (1 John 1:5-10)

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”

Grace that is greater than all our sins!

In the past seven months or so, God’s grace has been sometimes not in the forefront of my mind….where it should be!

When I sin, I break fellowship (friendship; association; company; partnership) with God, the Father and it is like nailing Jesus to the cross again to pay for my sin.  That is a daunting thought in and of itself.  Living with the guilt (what will my family think?, what will my co-workers think?) is the human reaction, the spiritual reaction is not as “felt” as it should be perhaps.  I am grateful for the encouragement of the November 17, 2014 Max Lucado post:  https://maxlucado.com/audio/daily-audio/give-god-your-guilt/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=give-god-your-guilt&utm_source=MaxLucado.com+Weekday+Emails&utm_campaign=009499a66e-RSS_DAILY_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9b9306e0eb-009499a66e-223526165&mc_cid=009499a66e&mc_eid=d81bd1b184 where Max helpfully states, “Is guilt having its way with you? If so, here is a promise from Isaiah 1:18: “No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow.” God can do what no one else can.  He can extract every last mark from your soul.”  If you have that “living guilt”, walking around with you, the shame, the defeat and the despair, as Max writes:  “Tell Jesus what you did. Do it as often as needed. One time, two times, ten times a day? By all means! Hold nothing back. No sin is too ancient or recent, too evil or insignificant.”  

These are one of those revival verses/quotes/sermons, that get me fired up to be renewed to Jesus.   Jesus has forgiven me, can I forgive myself?  We cannot be flippant with sin, unrepentant, however, there is THE way back to God and that is asking (pleading, begging, beseeching) Jesus for forgiveness.  Yes, Jesus knows your sin, do you own up to it?  As Matthew Henry states:  “Not only feel sorrow for the sin committed, but break off the practice.”  A 180 degree turnaround, throwing those things away.  However, those questions come about again, What will my family think?, What will my co-workers think?, what do I do then? – Psalm 51:7 Purify me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Remember what Jesus did for you, ask for your pardon, I don’t want me against you, Jesus – radically transform me—cleanse me, purify me, and make me holy (set apart, sanctified).

Listen to this Bart Millard song, Grace That is Greater, hope it sparks a revival in you as it does in me.