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One of the greatest tragedies of life is the inability or the neglect of a father to pass on to his children the benefits of his experience.

Fathers must instruct, warn, and encourage their children.

For the next while Wednesday evenings messages will be from John’s first epistle and are titled “The Counsel of a Spiritual Father to His Children.”

Today we are discussing The Centre of the Circle.

Text

1 John 1:7 (AMP)

7 but if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

Scripture Reading

1 John 1:5-10 (AMP)

God Is Light

5 This is the message [of God’s promised revelation] which we have heard from Him and now announce to you, that God is Light [He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness], and in Him there is no darkness at all [no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection]. 

6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness [of sin], we lie and do not practice the truth; 

7 but if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations]. 

8 If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude ourselves and the truth is not in us. [His word does not live in our hearts.] 

9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose]. 

10 If we say that we have not sinned [refusing to admit acts of sin], we make Him [out to be] a liar [by contradicting Him] and His word is not in us.

Introduction

Light is a favourite word of John’s, used not only in his letters, but also in his gospel.

He saw God and light as inseparable.

He literally illuminated his letters and gospel with light as again and again he used that symbolism for God and truth.

As we look at 1 John 1:5-10, we find that John, in effect, drew a circle with God at the centre.

He is the source of the light that fills the circle, darkness, with its evil, is beyond the circumference of the circle.

Then, with the compassion typical of his great heart, John invited sinful humanity, by nature prisoners of darkness, to enter the circle of light and approach God at its centre.

  1. Let’s examine the light and its source in 1 John 1:5.
  1. Where do we find the first manifestation of God as “light”?

We must flip back to Genesis 1:3 (AMP)

3 And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

What preceded that light?

The emptiest, most hopeless scene the human mind could ever imagine.

The author of Genesis wrote, in Genesis 1:2 (AMP)

2 The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep [primeval ocean that covered the unformed earth]. 

Then what happened?

God’s very presence, which is light, enveloped that murky chaos and creation began.

The second half of the verse says,

The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.

B. Listen to John’s words in the introduction of his gospel.

John 1:4-5 (AMP)

4 In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. 

5 The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].

The Old Testament revelations of God as light were fingers pointing to the perfect revelation of God in His Son, Jesus Christ.

C. What did people see when Jesus came to earth?

As their eyes were opened to the truth, they saw His glory.

And what was that glory?

The glory of the Father in heaven, and that glory was overflowing with grace and truth.

That “light”, which is synonymous with Jesus, pierced the darkness, and evil forces of darkness tried in every way to put out His light.

But they could not!

Even when Jesus was dying on the cross and they thought His light would fade away, it shone all the brighter, because it lightened the dark chasm that had separated people from God.

So the Bible’s victory shout is “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all!”

2. Let’s look at the darkness and its expression in 1 John 1:6, 8, and 10.

  1. Whenever Scripture says that people “walk in darkness” it refers to sin, that which separates people from God.

In verse 6 John declares if anyone claims to have fellowship with God while simultaneously living in habitual sin, he is a liar in both word and deed.

The tense of the verb “walk” speaks of habitual action, something done repeatedly as a lifestyle.

Christians may temporarily step into darkness, but because of their new nature, they are miserable until they return to the light.

B. John teaches an elementary lesson in verse 8.

The very first step to God a sinner must take, which is the hardest step of all, is to say, “I am a sinner”.

Such an admission goes against the grain of human nature.

Yet anyone who refuses to admit that he or she walks in the darkness is without hope in this world and in the world to come.

Note that the word is “sin” and not “sins”.

God is not so much interested in an unbeliever’s specific acts of sin as He is the sinful human nature that separates the unbeliever from God.

C. Verse 10 contains John’s most serious statement regarding sin and it’s expression in human nature.

A person who says that he or she does not sin is calling God a liar, for as Paul said in Romans 3:23 (AMP)

23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God,

Such a deceived person does not comprehend God’s truth at all.

3. Let’s hear the invitation and its results in 1 John 1:7,9.

  1. The word “walk” expresses habitual action.

Someone who has formed a habit of daily walking “in the light” as Jesus is in the light gives evidence of radical change in lifestyle.

No longer is there compatibility with darkness in daily conduct.

In verse 7 John reaches an amazing reciprocity, not only can we have fellowship with God, but He can have fellowship with us!

B. In verse 9 John tells Christians what to do about sin in their lives.

They are not to despair nor to believe that they will be lost again because they have sinned.

Rather, they are to confess their sins.

Unbelievers are instructed to “believe” in John 3:16 (AMPC)

16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

But Christians have already believed.

When they sin, they are to “confess” and agree with God about their sins.

As a result, God will “forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

John was talking about receiving forgiveness after committing a specific sin.

After Christians confess, fellowship is restored and God cleanses them from all defilement accompanying the sin.

Conclusion.

A circle of fellowship is illuminated by God’s pure light.

In the circle’s centre is Jesus Christ.

When we repent of our sin and believe that Jesus died for our sin and rose from the dead, we are admitted to that circle.

We do not become perfect.

Sometimes we wander the circumference and temporarily step into darkness.

But all is not lost!

There is a way back into the centre of the circle. 

Until next time

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When you spend time with God, your life will change in amazing ways, because God is a Redeemer.

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