REAL CHRISTIANITY

 

1 John 1:5-7

LIGHT WORKS!

Real Christianity #3 (1 John series)

 

 

LIGHT WORKS!

Light is effective!

Light is a necessity!

It brings illumination so men can see. It brings warmth so man can survive and crops can grow.

It exposes dirt so man can clean it up.

 

The theme of 1 John is being real or Real Christianity.

You canít have real Christianity without light. Light works.

 

FACT

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

John begins with a very important fact about the nature of God.This fact he learned from the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is a fact that is essential for you to grasp if you are going to have an accurate understanding of Christianity. God is light.

 

This is a truth that is found in the Old Testament. Psalm 27:1, 36:9, 104:1-2, Isaiah 49:6

 

J. Vernon McGee pointed out, "When John says that God is light, he is revealing many facets about the person of God."

He goes on to list a few which I want to share with you.

J. Vernon McGee, Through the Bible with J. Vernon McGee,Volume 5, (Nashville, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1983), p. 760

First, light speaks of the glory, the radiance, the beauty, and the wonders of God. Psalm 19:1

 

Light also speaks of God seeing what's going on.Light reveals so you can see. God is light, so God can see everything. Proverbs 15:3

 

Light further speaks of guidance. Psalm 119:105

 

Light also reminds us of the purity and holiness of God. Pure light has no impurities. God's light tolerates no impurities, and He is holy, that is set apart from sin. 1 Samuel 2:2

 

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

In this world the quality of light varies.

We say it's light out when it's foggy.

We say it's light out, even when there are some clouds blocking the sun.

We look outside and say it's light out, even though it's raining or snowing.

There might be a little darkness mixed in with the light.

In a couple of rooms of our home we have light fixtures that take two or more bulbs. If one burns out, we still have light, but a limited amount. There is a degree of darkness.

 

God's light contains no darkness.Of course the darkness that God does not have is the darkness of sin.There is no sin in God. There are no failures in God. There are no limitations in God.

 

This light is so brilliant, that talking about the future, eternal state Revelation 21:23 says: And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.

 

FICTION

 

1 John 1:6 - If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

 

If there is one thing most of us donít like, itís a hypocrite.

A hypocrite talks one way and acts another.

A hypocrite is a phony. Heís inconsistent.†††

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And I have news for you.God, being holy, hates hypocrisy more than we do.†††

Job 27:8 - For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

 

To have fellowship with God is to have something in common.It is a sharing. It is a partnership. It is bonding!

To have fellowship with God includes prayer and abiding in Christ.

 

If we claim to have fellowship with God, and habitually walk in a life pattern of sin, we are lying, and not practicing truth. We are not talking occasional sin, but sin patterns here.

 

There are those who profess Christ, but who never really trusted him. The pattern of their life is darkness. There are Christians who have backslidden after having changed, who show too much of this pattern of darkness.

 

FELLOWSHIP

 

1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another,

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I love this verse because it is a verse of hope.

God has a better plan for me and you than a life pattern of sin and hypocrisy.

 

If you are truly a Christian,

If you have acknowledged your sin before God

If you have admitted that you have no righteousness to save yourself

If you have trusted that Jesus Christ died for your sins so that you can have eternal life

If you have put your total faith in Christ as Savior

If, as a result, God has changed your life, you have already come to Godís light! John 8:12

If you have come into Godís light through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, you are to walk in that light.††

To walk implies a habit, a pattern, a way of life.†††

 

When a person walks in Godís light, he is walking with God.As he walks in Godís light, he can now see the areas of darkness in his life that need to be dealt with.He is open to God exposing his sin, confessing it, and forsaking it.

 

I believe we walk in the light when we walk in the power or control of the Holy Spirit who indwells us.†††

 

Ephesians 5:9 - (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Goodness, righteousness and truth are all indications that we are walking in light and not darkness when we under the control of the Holy Spirit.

 

Galatians 5:16 - This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

Fulfilling the lust of the flesh is certainly walking in darkness.Being controlled by the Holy Spirit is certainly walking in light.

 

Galatians 5:22-24 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

[24] And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

 

Walking in the Spirit means recognizing the fact that we are crucified with Christ. We must accept the fact that when Christ died on Calvary, we died with Him.We died to sin there so we need no longer serve sin. We have put to death the flesh with the affections and lusts.

 

So how do we walk in the Spirit?To walk in the Spirit is synonymous with being filled with the Spirit.

We are filled with the Spirit when we confess all known sin.

 

We are filled with the Spirit when we ask God to fill us with His Spirit.

Luke 11:13 - If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

 

We are filled with the Spirit as we believe that God has answered our prayers.†††

Mark 11:24 - Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

 

When we are filled with the Spirit, we are walking in the Spirit, under his control.

When we are walking in the Spirit we are walking in the light.

 

And, according to our text, when we are walking in the light we have fellowship one with another. Who are we having fellowship with here?We are having fellowship with God!†††

 

Verse 6 refers to having fellowship with God, it makes sense that verse 7 does also!

When we are basking in Godís light through Godís Holy Spirit, we have communion, we are bonding with, we have fellowship with God!

 

FORGIVENESS†††

 

Vs. 7 - and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

 

Light exposes sin.

As we walk in the light, the light will show us our sin.

God will make them clear to us as we walk in the light of His Spirit.

 

We will not be free from sin until we get to Heaven.

However, we will identify sin.

As we confess that sin to God, the blood of the Lord Jesus will keep on cleansing us from all sin.

 

We have forgiveness when we walk in the light.

LIGHT WORKS!

 

FACT - This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

FICTION - If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

 

FELLOWSHIP - But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another,

 

FORGIVENESS - and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.