“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7, NKJV).
So often, people misunderstand or miscalculate God because they aren’t sure just who they’re dealing with. If you read of the Old Testament God, He seems quite different than the New Testament God, and yet, they are the same. The difference is whether He is operating before or after the Cross.
On this side of Calvary, we must understand that this same God of love now looks at us through the Blood of Jesus which washed away our sins. Now, God sees a believer in Christ in the same way He sees Jesus. The Holy Spirit is daily doing the work of sanctification in our lives; a work that is ongoing through our faith and participation, a work we submit to, coming into the Light of God’s presence. We must seek His face each day for wisdom, direction, instruction and understanding of the Word of God. This is the only way we can truly know God.
This opening passage is interesting, in and of itself: “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all… . But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5&7, NKJV).
When we come to God, we bring the good, the bad and the ugly and His light shines on us. This light is represented in another passage as a picture of truth, “The Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17, NKJV). God is dependable. He doesn’t change. You can be sure that He will be truthful with us. But the beauty of it is, even when He reveals one of our imperfections, it is for the purpose of liberating us and purifying us. It is completely a work of grace.
Additionally, the passage may appear to be talking about fellowship among believers, but that isn’t what this is saying. The fellowship described is the fellowship found with God, as we walk in the light; as we come to the place of prayer, waiting on God daily to hear from Him, to receive direction and when necessary, to receive the forgiveness Jesus has already paid for.
In a revealing moment with His disciples, Jesus washed their feet and He said to Peter, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean” (John 13:10, NKJV). By coming to Him daily – into the light of His Word, we have fellowship with Him. I encourage you to draw close to God. Living in the Light is where we truly know Him.
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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