My bride was reminded of a message I preached recently by this devotion today. If you are a pastor, it is always great to know your wife is listening to your messages! The fact is, if I have any impact in the world at all, it is largely a part of my bride’s wisdom and love. “Thank you Lord for the treasure you gave to share my life with.”
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1 John 1:6-7
John is fond of the phrase, “walking in the light”; how often this idea occurs in his Gospel, and here it is again. It is not obvious on the very surface that if you take this in an absolute literal sense it can mean only one thing, and that is absolute perfection. If to walk in the light as God is in the light is taken strictly literally, as it is expressed here, there is only one deduction to draw: As Christians our only hope of forgiveness and therefore of being Christians at all is that we should be absolutely perfect as God Himself is perfect.
But clearly that is impossible! Which of us is perfect? Which of us is without sin? “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (verse 8); we cannot, therefore, be absolutely perfect. So immediately we find that this phrase of walking in the light as God is in the light must be interpreted in terms of the way in which John customarily employs this picture. And the key to that is to be found in the phrase in 1 John 1:6 where we read about walking in darkness: “If we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.”
We interpret this verse about “walking in the light” as the antithesis and the exact opposite of “walking in darkness.” Therefore it does not mean that I claim absolute perfection; but it does mean that I claim that I now belong to a different realm, to the kingdom of light and to the kingdom of God.
A Thought to Ponder
I now belong to a different realm, to the kingdom of light.
From Fellowship with God, pp. 126-127.
Devotion taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by the Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Great suggestion at the close of the devotional.
“A THOUGHT TO PONDER: “I now belong to a different realm, to the kingdom of light.”
The only problem is that most of us don’t have a clue about How to Ponder anything. We don’t know how to focus our minds on a thought and turn it over and over until we understand it in more of its depth and intricacies. We don’t know how to think hard about anything.
Which is why I want to invite you to THE ART OF BIBLICAL MEDITATION, a one day seminar at Trinity Church in Watseka, IL on October 20th from 8:30-11:45 AM ($10 for materials). Come, we have seats for about 100 people. We need to learn this. We need to learn how to ponder a thought till it yields its bounty and its truth begins to inhabit our souls for the glory of God and the joy of our lives.