1 John 1:5 Only Light

1 John 1:4-7

“These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;
but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

When I looked up the verse for today, I mistakenly turned to the Gospel of John instead of to the letter 1st John. Thus, the first thing I read in my study time this morning was:

(John 1:5) “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

The writer of John’s Gospel Establishes a very important point here. The light and the darkness are not two aspects of the same divine being. This fact is confirmed in today’s scripture selection.

“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5)

This understanding of God’s nature differs considerably from New Age beliefs concerning God. The spiritual beliefs of the New Age movement largely consist of repackaged eastern religions and humanistic philosophies. God is seen as consisting of both light and dark – good and evil. The teaching about darkness often talks about our need to learn to accept the darkness that is in us, and in some philosophies, the expectation that we are to transform that darkness through our own efforts. The New Age movement often speaks of Christ or the master Jesus, but the being or man they speak of is not Christ Jesus who is described in the Bible. They describe an imposter. I am sure of this, because of the fact that the New Age Jesus does not transform lives. I tried to follow that Jesus for over twenty years, and my life never changed. My wounded heart, my dysfunctional attitudes, and my moral depravity only worsened.

The idea that “darkness is in God” has far reaching consequences. It means that the darkness that is in me is OK, because it is also in God. Therefore, God made me with darkness and God wouldn’t have made me this way if it wasn’t good. Out of this kind of thinking comes the belief that sin is OK, because we are powerless to stop sinning and should simply rejoice in the fact that we are sinners who are made in the image of God. Sadly, such thinking has slithered into many church denominations and is destroying them from within. I know, because I have been there; I was a living example of the next verse in 1st John.

“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;” (1John 1:6)

In contrast, John’s Gospel and 1st John make it clear that God is only light. From this fact we can set our minds on true transformation through Christ. As I began to understand the true Christ and His true nature, I began to be transformed by His light. It was not my effort that brought about the change, but His light shining into my darkness. His light revealed the true nature of darkness. His light brought truth into a mind filled with lies. His light is transforming me and setting me free from the bondage of sin and the desire to live in darkness. I now know with complete certainty, that, “…God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”

Lord, I cannot do anything worthwhile without your help. Only through your strength can I live in your light. Lord Jesus, strengthen me so that I will no longer be deceived by the darkness in any area of my life.
I long to walk in the light, as you are in the light, and to have fellowship with those who are living in You and who are being cleansed from sin by Your blood. Amen.

One thought on “1 John 1:5 Only Light

  1. Carole Boshart says:

    I want to thank you for the way you phrased the last part of you commentary; “who are being cleansed from sin by Your blood.” That to me says that being cleansed is an ongoing process, just as needing to attentive to walking in the light of is God which is also an ongoing process. The use of the ‘active participle’ opens it to all people who have seen the darkness in themselves and are striving for light, not just those who erroneously believe they have achieved perfection and do not need to strive anymore. (If that sounds judgemental, it is not strongly meant.) Jesus Christ made a one time atonement for all sin, but because we keep letting sin into our lives we need to appeal to that atonement again and again. It is because God is light, goodness AND mercy that we can do that.


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