Sunday, January 31, 2010

#Walk In The #Light (1 John 1)

Theme: Walk In The Light

1) By avoiding sin (1:5 - 2:2)

The word "fellowship" means to share, or partnership. When you're a believer, your fellowship is with Jesus Christ and God the Father (1:3). 2:1 says, "I am writing these things to you that you may not sin." (NAS). Sin cannot make you loose your salvation, but it can break your fellowship with God. The first way you Walk In The Light, then, is by avoiding sin. 1:5 - 2:2 gives several reasons:

God is light (5)

This probably refers to the fact that God is holy, and without any sin at all (cf. v6, where sin is called darkness, in contrast to light). It was when Isaiah saw the holiness of God that he became aware of his sinfulness, and God cleansed him for service (Isa. 6). If you're going to fellowship with God, you will need to avoid sin. You should avoid sin because God is light. 

Sin is darkness (6)

When you're out of fellowship with God, your heart may condemn you (3:18-21), you may doubt whether you are a child of God (2:10-11), and you will lack full joy (1:4). When you Walk In The Light, you gain confidence before Him (2:28; 3:21), you know you are saved (3:14, 24, and you become complete in your joy (1:4). God is light. If you want to fellowship with Him, you should avoid sin, because sin is darkness.



Christ cleanses from sin (1:9 - 2:2)

When you see God's holiness in His word, it reveals your sin. When you agree with God you have sinned, He is both faithful and just to forgive you of your sin and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. God is faithful to do this every time, and He is just in doing it. The reason He is just, is because Christ's atonement satisfied His righteous demands against your sin. As an advocate, Christ pleads your case before God, on that ground (2:1-2).

It's true, that in your position in Christ, you are forgiven of all your sin for all time (Eph. 1; 4:32; Heb. 10). This cleansing, however, affects your fellowship with God, rather than your salvation, or standing as His child.  Also, it would seem you do not have to look for sins to confess, but should admit those God's light brings to your attention, since Christ will then cleanse you from "all unrighteousness". You should avoid sin because Christ cleanses from sin.

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