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Sunday, May 13, 2007

1st John 1:5

1 John 1:5 “And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

John begins to tell us the very nature of God. “God is light and there is no darkness in Him.” A commentator wrote that to say God is light tells us of the sheer splendor and the radiant glory of God.

It tells us that God is self-revealing. There is nothing secretive about Him. Things in light can be seen. It illuminates.

It tells us of the purity and the holiness of God. White light is a symbol of radiant purity.

It tells us of the guidance of God. Light guides and makes our traveling easier.
And it is a revealer. Flaws hidden in shadows are exposed in light. Light reveals imperfections in things.

Darkness stands for the very opposite of Christian life. It stands for the Christ-less life. Paul wrote in Ephesians about his friends who were once in darkness and now they were light in the Lord. We are told in Philippians to be lights in the world. Shining lights! In Colossians we learned that God delivered us from the darkness.

Over and over in the Bible are the references to light and dark, good and evil, love and hate, sin and sin-free, ignorance and knowledge.

Dark and light are natural and inevitable enemies according to John. Darkness is the life separated from God.

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