Tag: walking in the light
Scripture reading for November 19th: 1st John 1
The apostle John was an eyewitness of Jesus Christ. He walked with Him, talked with Him and had put his head on His chest, hearing His heart. John was proclaiming to the Church what he knew to be true so that they would not be deceived by false teaching that was spreading throughout the early church about a generation after the resurrection of Jesus. The truths taught in this letter ring true for us today!
“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1st John 1:5-7)
The false teachers were proclaiming a gospel of cheap grace. They were teaching the people that they could be saved and still live in sin. John stated plainly that God was light. Those who walked in God’s light could not continue to live in sin. If they did, they were lying about having a relationship with God. Those who walked in the Light would experience a continual cleansing from sin through repentance and confession. Otherwise they would be living in self-deception and darkness! “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will for give us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1st John 1:8-9) Believers walk in Christ’s light and live humble lives of honest repentance!
Scripture reading for November 30th: 1st John 1:1-10
John was the disciple ‘whom Jesus loved’. John was the youngest of the disciples and one of the three who were in Christ’s inner circle, along with Peter and his brother James. John was given the assignment of care of Jesus’ mother as Jesus was on the cross. (John 19:25-27) In his later years, (approximately 90 A.D.) John wrote these short letters to his ‘dear children’ encouraging them to grow and endure in their faith.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have see with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life. The Life appeared; we have seen It, we proclaim to you the Eternal Life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy full.” (1st John 1:1-4)
John writes about his own personal encounter with Jesus. It was a first-hand encounter that was on-going even at the time of the writing. He wanted his children in the faith to enjoy fellowship with him and with Jesus Christ and the Father. This would make his joy complete! This sounds like Jesus! (John 15:9-11) Knowing Jesus and the Father is eternal life! (John 17:3)
“This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light , as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” (John 1:5-7)
John’s message wasn’t original with him. He got it from Jesus and passed it on! If we claim to have fellowship with Jesus, we can’t go on walking in darkness and sin. That would be a lie! Jesus is the light of the world! (John 8:12) If we truly have fellowship with Jesus, we will walk with Him and confess our sins in true repentance! Are you walking in the light of true fellowship? Does your life show it?