[CF Devotionals] 2011-12-18 - Living in the Light

The Epistles of John ~ Part 10

Verse 6: In the following verse,s we find three claims from those in darkness as to why they are actually in light. John answers the first of the claims here. Baker describes this claim as:

"moral behavior is a matter of indifference in one's relationship to God." 1

John follows logic in his next comments. He notes that since God is light, fellowship with Him takes place in the midst of His light. When an individual walks in darkness, that is, his life isn't typified by truth and purity, then he isn't in fellowship with God. A claim of fellowship, while at the same time walking in darkness, is proof of the darkness. The claim, therefore, is a lie.

Verse 7: Conversely, when an individual walks in the God's light then there is fellowship. This fellowship is with both God and fellow believers. This fellowship is a product of the cleansing we receive through the shed blood of Christ. Again, an underlying principle here is that fellowship with God only comes when one is covered by the work of Christ on the cross. The message we must constantly give out to those who walk in darkness is:

" … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

Sin must be dealt with.

"In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Hebrews 9:22).

Therefore it is only through Christ that salvation can be received. As Paul said:

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died forour sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, …" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

  1. Barker, Glenn W., The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Vol. 12, 1,2,3 John, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1981, pg. 309.

To be continued.

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