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LIVING IN THE LIGHT

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Sermon shared by Donnie Martin

January 1992
Summary: This message deals with three ways in which Christians can live in the light of Christ.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Living In The Light


Text: I John 1: 6 & 7; I Pet.2: 9 & 10


Intro: In perhaps an elementary, yet practical sense, to walk in the light is to walk where one’s path is illuminated. The Christian is supposed to be one who has been illuminated, for they have received into their hearts He who is said to be the “light of men” (John 1: 4b).
To live in the light is to live by the revealed will of God. It is to live according to the righteous standard set forth by Christ Jesus Himself. It is living openly, honestly, and sincerely before God and man. As John stated, walking in the light is a prerequisite for having fellowship with God. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another…” (I John 1: 7a). Since the theme of I John is “’The Saint’s Fellowship with God,’” I believe the fellowship John speaks of here is that enjoyed by God and His obedient children (Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies, Vol. II, published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan; The Exegesis Of I John, pg. 102).
Just as there are certain traits exhibited by those who don’t know God, and live in fellowship with Him, the same is true of those who do. It isn’t possible to discuss all of the characteristics of the child of God today, but Peter does give us a good idea of what kind of person a Christian ought to be.
The Apostle Peter believed that the saint was to be different from the world. His reason for this belief was because the Christian has been “…born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God…” (I Pet.1: 23). The child of God has experienced the miracle of the New Birth; and that always changes a person. If there’s been no change, there’s been no conversion.
Look with me into I Peter chapter two, as we seek to discover some of the traits of those who are “LIVING IN THE LIGHT.”


Theme: Peter tells us that:


I. CHRISTIANS SHOULD LIVE RAVENOUSLY

A. God’s Children Should Have A Hunger For The Word Of Life.

1. No one gets saved apart from the Word of God.

I Pet.1: 23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.
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25 But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

2. After salvation, the Word of God produces continued spiritual growth.

I Pet.2: 2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”

NOTE: [1] The word “desire” carries the idea of “an intense yearning” (Ibid, First Peter In The Greek New Testament, pg. 51).
[2] The Word of God is referred to as the “sincere milk of the word” (v. 2). That means that God’s Word is “guileless, pure” (W.E. Vine, M.A., An Expository Dictionary Of New Testament Words, Vol. IV, publish by Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, New Jersey; pg. 34). The Bible is without adulteration, without ulterior motives. God’s Word has one basic purpose—to nourish man’s spirit by revealing the truth and person of God.
[3] There is a prerequisite to the saint’s intense yearning for the Word of God implied in verse one. The words “laying aside,” in I Pet.2: 1 implies that known sin is to be dealt with decisively, in a “once for all action” (Kenneth S. Wuest, Wuest’s Word Studies,
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