Walking in the light

1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Walking in the Light means dealing with Sin!

Have you ever gone walking through your house in the middle of the night while all of the lights were still off? You were crossing through the living room to get that late night drink of water when suddenly you smash your toe on the corner of your couch. Walking in dark can be dangerous, especially for your toes! John wants us to understand that walking in darkness can be dangerous to our faith.

Let’s make a few connections in this passage to get a better picture of what it means to walk in Darkness. First of all one thing we can be sure of is that there is no darkness in Jesus Christ. If we are walking in darkness then it is impossible that we be in Jesus Christ, because He has no darkness in him at all. If we claim fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, WE LIE and do practice TRUTH. Those who walk in darkness are not in Christ and they do not practice Truth!

John no makes a sudden shift to contrast the individual who walks in darkness to the one who walks in light. He says that the person who walks in light IS in fellowship with us and they are being cleansed by the Blood of Jesus Christ from all sin. No we see where John is trying to go with all of this! He wants to deal with the sin nature. He goes on to say that we say we have no Sin Nature then we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. Now we know that the person who is walking in darkness is simply a metaphor for the person who is not dealing with their sin problem. Walking in the darkness is equivalent to believing that we have no problem of sin to deal with.

In our modern day church we have either directly or inadvertently done the same.

Saying that a person is inherently evil does not make you the most popular person in your area. The Church has a problem with wanting to have large numbers and big crowds to the point that we have become seeker sensitive. Which means that we do not want to do anything that would offend anyone. Which is an oxymoron because we say we preach the Cross but the Cross is an Offence! At the time Christ hung on Calvary’s Tree this work became the most offensive work in history. It states that man is inherently evil and that the only solution for our problem was Christ, the Son of God, going through the most agonizing death to save us from our sin problem.

Those who walk in the light where Christ is, they acknowledge their sin! When they fail they confess their sin before God. In the light there is forgiveness of sins and there is the cleansing Power of Jesus Christ! Sin is an offense against God that disrupts fellowship with Him. If you will confess the sin that is plaguing your life you will immediately feel His Presence sweep over you and cleanse from that sin!

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Paris, accompanied by his wife Marybeth, coordinates and oversees <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/unite">Crossfire Unite</a> fellowship groups. He is a regular teacher on SBN’s “<a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/gotc">Generation of the Cross</a>” with Gabriel Swaggart. Paris is a workshop instructor and assists with Church Needs for the <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/iyc">International Youth Conference</a>, and he has been an evening professor at <a href="https://jsbc.edu" target="_blank">Jimmy Swaggart Bible College</a> since the spring of 2017. He oversees all Crossfire Unite Student Outreaches. Paris also contributes writings to the <a href="https://gabrielswaggart.org/crossfire/blog?author=paris%20ragan">Crossfire Blog</a>.

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