April 30. 2019

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”- John 3:19-21 ESV


The IVP NT commentary on 1 John says; Let us NOT make the mistake, let no one off the hook who thinks that somehow, within the Christian, light and dark may safely and happily coexist. Light and darkness are opposites and repel each other. One cannot have fellowship with God with one foot in darkness and one in light, since God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. One cannot serve God, who is light, while continuing to dwell in the realm that is hostile to or ignorant of God, which is the realm of darkness, for that is both to deny the very nature of God as pure light and to deny that God’s character ought to shape ours as well. If you are living in the LIGHT, then the DARKNESS (the world) is going to have a problem with you.  If the world doesn’t have a problem with you, maybe you are living in the DARK?

Leader, here it is crucial to take note of what the author does not say. “Darkness” is not simply equivalent to sin or wrongdoing. It is the realm that opposes and is hostile to God. This realm is characterized by disobedience and lack of relationship to God. Thus John exhorts Christians— and all people—not to walk in darkness. But notice that he never says “Let there be no darkness in you,” as if he were saying, “True Christians are without a trace of sin.” Darkness is not a synonym for “indwelling sin.” Darkness and light are not realities that are within each of us. Rather, they are realities greater than and external to us. Darkness and light are two opposing forces, each making their competing claims upon us. We are challenged to decide in which circle we will choose to live, and then we endeavor to live within it. This is to live by the truth! What have you LOST in the WORLD because you are IN THE LIGHT?  If you have no answer, then maybe you are living more in the DARK, then you want to admit?

Conduit, when Jesus walked this planet he told us, But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5) Then he told us of our substitution; “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16) The first martyr in the New Testament, Stephen, was STONED for His light; At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s. (Acts 6:15) If you are living in the LIGHT, then the WORLD is going to have enmity with you.  You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. (James 4:4, also see 1 John 2:15) Darkness hates the light.  You can tell how bright you shine for Jesus, by how much you lose in the world!  I pray you become a BIG LOSER for our LORD!

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