Summary: God is light, walk in the light.

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Proposition: God is light, walk in the light.

Introduction/Story: If you have your Bible turn to 1 John chapter 1 where we will be continuing to spend our time tonight. As you’re turning there I want you to imagine a scenario in which you are lost in a forest during a cloudy night where the moon cannot give you its light. You don’t have your smartphone to be used as a flashlight. It is so dark that you cannot see the hand in front of your face. There is simply no light to be found. As you are wandering through the dark forest, you have now traveled so far that you have forgotten which direction you have come from. Suddenly off in the distance appears a man making his way through the forest with his flashlight. Knowing that he may be able to help, you carefully make your way to him. Upon meeting the man with the flashlight he instructs you that he is very familiar with the forest and that he is able to help you navigate out of the forest back to your house. All that you need to do is follow him as he shines his light for you to see.

Transition: Now, the question I want to ask you is - will you follow this man who is able to give you light, or will you continue to walk in the dark though you know that the man with the light could lead you home? This is the fundamental subject that John is presenting to us tonight from our text in 1 John 1:5-2:6. Before we read it I want to give you an outline of the section so you can follow John’s flow of thought. John is going to be making three general points. Look in your Bibles and follow along. In verse 5 John is going to tell us the message he received from Jesus Christ that God is light. Then in verses 6-10; and in chapter 2 verses 3-6 John is going to exhort us to examine our behavior to see if it reflects the light of God. Sandwiched between that is chapter 2 verses 1-2 where John is showing the means of how Christ has paved the way for us to walk in the light.

Listen now as I read God’s Holy Word. 1 John 1:5-2:6

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 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 cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

As we jump right into the text, we discover the message that Jesus has given John:

I. The message.

A. God is light.

Brother’s and sister’s this is the message that Christ proclaims to you tonight: That God is light and in him is no darkness at all. God is good and in him is no evil. The concepts of Light and Darkness are found in both the Old and New Testaments. John makes reference to it all throughout his Gospel account. John is given the message from Christ, as we see in verse 5, “God is light”.

John’s use of the metaphor “God is light” symbolizes both intellectual truth and righteous moral behavior.

i. Light symbolizes intellectual truth.

a. John’s Gospel usage of this.

In the Gospel of John 12:46, Jesus describes the light as truth when he says, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” Christ holds the office of prophet and has revealed the truth of the Father. Christ shines in our hearts as the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature. By our examination of Christ in the Scriptures, we come to know more fully what the nature of the Father is like. Correct knowledge of God is essential for us to be able to call upon him. If we do not know what God has revealed about himself, we will devise false ideas about God. Our imagination should not determine our ideas about God. God must define who he is.

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