Walking in the Light     1 John 1:5-2:6 HCSB     June 14. 2015

 

Introduction

What if someone came up to you and asked if you walked in the light?  What would you say?  You would think they were strange?  If it was followed it by saying I am talking about Jesus as He is the spiritual light we need for He is the light of the world.  Many people would be sort of shocked by that question but it might help them to understand the light of Jesus is needed for anyone desiring to live for Him and have an enjoyable

life.

 

1.   Walking in the Light . . Declares We Know the Lord.   1:5-7

A.   Declaring we Know God is . . Demonstrated in our Walk With the Lord.

      5     Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there

is absolutely no darkness in Him.

6     If we say, "We have fellowship with Him," and walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing

the truth.                                         

 

B.    Declaring We Know God Is . . Described In Fellowship.

7     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. 

 

Jesus said, “. . . I am the light of the world . . . .”  John in the text tells us if we claim to be Christians we cannot be having fellowship with the Lord and walk in darkness.   If we walk around negative about everything and positive about nothing and never express faith we give an illustration of walking in darkness.  People in fellowship with Jesus will be walking in light and it will be a by-product of everything he/she does.  They will be a joy to be around and there spirit will demonstrate the Spirit of God.  People will enjoy being around them.  Jesus always attracted people to Him and many wanted to know about the quality of life He demonstrated.  Has anyone ever said to you, “there is something different about you, “what is it?”  Then you could easily talk about Jesus.

 

2.   Walking in the Light . . Discloses our Sin.   1:8-2:2

A.   Discloses our Sin with . . Clarification about Sin.  1:8-10

8 If we say, "We have no sin," we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous 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.

 

B.    Disclosing our Sin with . . Cleansing Offered Through Christ.  2:1-2

2:1 My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we

have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the righteous One.

2 He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.

 

For people to say they do not sin reveals a lack of knowledge about what sin is.  I read a book by a minister who claimed he did not sin, but in the course of his discussion he said now I am not talking about mistakes or shortcomings.  I immediately thought about the verse in the Bible that says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  I believe Christians ought to sinless as they grow in Christ but know they will never be sinless.   John writes to encourage us not to sin but guides us in knowing Jesus is our advocate and the propitiation to God for our sin.   Christ”s sacrifice enables the forgiveness of sin and our relationship with him.

 

 

 


3.   Walking in the Light . . Discovers Benefits in His Keeping His Word.   2:3-6

A.   Discovers the . . Witness from Keeping the Commandments.  2:3-4

3 This is how we are sure that we have come to know Him: by keeping His commands.

4 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," without keeping His commands, is a liar, and the truth

is not in him.                                                                                         

 

B.    Discovers the . . Witness from our Walk.  2:5-6

5 But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are

in Him:

6 the one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked.                

 

One Who would try to keep the commandments of God without knowing Him will find it is very difficult.

When we know the Lord it is easier as He works in us to guide us and give a desire to live for Him.

In addition the Spirit of God lives in you to motivate and strengthen you.  To walk as Christ wants His children to walk is certainly motivated by our relationship to Him and the appreciation for His word and applying it do our daily lives.  This is simply part of our Walking in the Light.  Amen?   Amen!