Summary: Walking in the light of God changes everything. No shadows, no tricks, just pure light.
The Ultimate Love 1 John 1:5-7NLT
Introduction: How far can you walk? one block, two? one mile, ten? We used to be a nation of people who walked, but now are a nation dependent upon the automobile. We used to be a church of people who walked with God, but now what are we?
Can a Christian have a private fellowship with God, to the exclusion of others? Can we ignore other Christians and be real Christians?
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
This is the ultimate message of all messages, God is love! Moreover, without the existence of God, a God that loves, nothing that was made would exist. The earth as we know it, as God’s children, would be nothing but mere space, but wait… There wouldn’t even be any space. Wow, now that’s deep.
Listen to Psalm 36:9NKJ For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.
Remember: God is light- in Him is no darkness. God is life- in Him is no death. God is love- in Him is no hate.
First thing I want you to remember is: The ultimate relationship is fellowship with the God of pure light, and then fellowship with others.
I John 1:5Amp And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all no, not in any way].
In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb. Twenty-two years later, in 1901, one of the newfangled gadgets was hung, and turned on, in the Livermore, Calif., Fire Department. It’s still there, and still on. The old bulb has almost never been turned off in 113 years. By today’s standards it should have burned out 856 times by now. The bulb, hand-blown, with a thick carbon filament, was made, it is said, by the Shelby Electric Company, which did not become one of the giants of the nation, for an obvious reason. The Shelby Company made light bulbs to last, and nobody ever reordered. The bulb is respected by Fire Captain Kirby Slate and his men. In a time of of gadgets forever falling apart or burning out or breaking up, it’s reassuring to watch a dusty 113-year-old light bulb shine on and on and on.
Verse 5b, of I John 1 again, …God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all no, not in any way].
Walking in the light of God changes everything. No shadows, no tricks, just pure light.
Listen to Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:17-19NLT And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.