God is Light

by Mike Ratliff

5 And this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not do the truth; 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. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive 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 that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10 (LSB) 

I was preparing to write this post and just before I started my Bible study of 1 John 1 to get ready I decided to walk outside to check to see if the timer for our Christmas Lights was working. It is cold and windy out there right now, by-the-way. My wife and I worked several hours this afternoon on those lights and both us are still trying to get warmed up again. In any case, The lights were not on yet and so I walked over to the north side of my house to check the settings on the timer that was over there. It was then that I noticed three young men approaching me on the sidewalk that runs in front of my home. I could tell they were Mormon missionaries. They were very nice young men and we had a nice conversation, but I was freezing and they could tell I wanted to go back inside. I made it clear to them that I was a Christian and that I knew the difference between true Christianity and Mormonism. Their leader asked me how I knew what my Bible said was true. I told him that I had the Holy Spirit and that when God saved me He also regenerated me enabling me to understand the scriptures. Then he wanted me to explain how I knew that our Bible was more true than the Book of Mormon. It was then that I told them that I was preparing to write this post on 1 John 1. Their leader seemed to understand where I was going with that  and you will too if you simply read the passage I placed at the top of this post. If we are truly in Christ it is because we have loved the GOSPEL message which was delivered to the Apostles directly from God via the Son and they declared it to everyone who would listen. We do the samething today, don’t we? Well we should. In any case, because I have believed the Gospel I have been made new and know God and in Him there is no darkness at all. Those who claim to know the Lord, but walk in darkness are living a lie because they do not know the truth. However, those who do know Him, walk in the light as He Himself is the Light. Because we are in Christ, His blood cleanses us from all sin. But, if we say that we have no sin, we are self-deceived and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I absolutely love that verse! This verse is a key verse in how we walk in repentance.

My brethren, are you walking in repentance? Are you Spirit-led or are you self-focused? 1 John 1-2 are key passages in getting to know what our role and  our Lord’s role is in our walking in repentance, abiding in Christ and becoming Spirit-led. I pray that you take the time to seriously study the book of 1 John with a penitent heart, asking God to direct your paths and changing you for HIs glory and your edification.

Soli Deo Gloria!

2 thoughts on “God is Light

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  2. Dear Mike,

    Grace and peace in Christ Jesus!

    We recently watched a documentary on Amazon called “The Bible vs. Joseph Smith”. It was informative in that it shed light on what Morman’s are taught about The Bible and their “extra biblical” books. It also presented the mountains of historical evidence for the preservation/translation of the Scriptures. Very interesting.

    Blessings to you and your ministry!

    In Christ alone, Charisse


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