2011-12-11 - 1st John
The Epistles of John ~ Part 9 ~ God's Light: Verse 5
In the next several devotionals, we are going to examine the contrasts between light and darkness. We will see that while Christians are no longer sinners, they do sin. Let us first take a look at the passage, and then we will see how John's concerns apply to us. Let us understand that the main difference between the life of the believer and the unbeliever should be the reality of God's light in our lives. We are to walk in a way that reflects His presence and the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
John has something to say. His message comes from Jesus. It is a deceptively simple message. God is light, and in Him is no darkness. It is deceptively simple, because its implications are vast. By light, John refers to God's attributes of truth and purity. Because God is light, there is no untruth or impurity in Him. This fact answers many of the questions asked by unbelievers. If God says it is only through Christ that one can be saved, than there is no other way. God, by His very nature, can only speak truth. Therefore, anything that contradicts what God says cannot be true. Consequently, to say that one can come to Him any other way than through Christ is false.
Some ask: "Why does God let anyone go to hell?" But God is totally true and totally pure. There isn't any impurity in Him. The sinner is not pure, and therefore God cannot accept him. No impurity can be allowed into God's presence. God offers the way of purity, but when not accepted, the result is being sent from His presence.
To be continued.