Living in the Light
Light trumps darkness…every time. When Light enters…darkness leaves. Light and darkness have nothing in common…nothing. When we live in the Light and the Light lives in us, victory over darkness is sure.
“God is Light…and in Him there is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5b) This is a pretty self-explanatory verse. Where it gets complicated is the following verses…they read; “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. 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.” (1John 1:6-7)
The Apostle John, in this letter, is making a clear, firsthand, declaration about the nature of God and the response of man to that nature. It is important to note that the letters of John (1,2 & 3) are authored by the same Apostle who wrote the Gospel according to John and the Book of Revelation (the Revelation of Jesus Christ). This is the writing of John the Beloved…the one who laid His head on the chest of Jesus. John…one of the three, along with Peter and James, who shared the most intimate moments with Christ. Moments like the transfiguration on the mount…not all the disciples experienced it…John did.
Contextually speaking, John starts this discourse on light with this statement; “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you…” It is the validation of everything John is going to say. He is making it clear that what he is declaring is not just an opinion developed over the years, it is however, exactly what he heard Jesus declare with his own ears. He is emphasizing in this opening statement that he is an eyewitness (or earwitness if you will)…an expert witness…on the Character of Christ…and that his testimony is an exact quote of Christ’s message, unembellished, untouched, and unchanged.
God is Light…He doesn’t just live in light…He doesn’t just spread light…He doesn’t just like light…He is Light…and Light is Him. It is important to note the distinction. Often we view God as a distant and untouchable being who is surrounded by light…none of which is true. He is not distant, He is not untouchable, and He is not merely surrounded by light…He is Light!
John goes on to explain the position of the believer in regards to Light. This is where people get confused and often times condemned. The issue comes with understanding the terms of “living in spiritual darkness” and “living in the light”. The main idea of both phrases is where we are “living”. The word “living”, in the greek, is; peripateō. This word simply means, to regulate one’s life or to conduct one’s self. So, The Apostle is simply stating…if you go on living (regulating your life) in spiritual darkness…then you are not practicing the truth. As well as the contrary, if we are living (regulating your life) in the light…then we have fellowship with Him and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
How, then, do we live (regulate your life) in the light? The key is fellowship…our fellowship determines what we are “in”. The word “fellowship”, in the greek, is; koinōnia. This word means, partnership, intimacy, and in the deepest sense…intercourse. To live in the light we must become intimate with The Light. The main idea of this text isn’t about staying away from darkness…it’s about being intimate with…one with…deeply in love with…The Light.
“For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it!” -Paul