…walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light…
1 John 1:7a
Recent repairs sent me into the dark recesses under the house. My tool box I pulled behind me was full, brimming with all the items I might potentially need. For crawling in and out of confined spaces is not my forte. Amusing to bystanders, perhaps—but not my forte.
First among the tools were several flashlights.
Here in 1 John, the Light—God Himself—is pure and holy, with no “dark side” or evil at all. The True Light also reveals our problem: darkness, called sin. In a series (1:5-10) of “if” and “if we say” statements, John presents the tendency of man to reject the Light of truth, and ultimately God Himself. Simply summarized, if we can lie away the truth concerning our sin, then certainly we have no need for a savior. We will contend that it is God doing the lying…
John will write of many contrasts within this epistle; the first is compelling. Light has nothing in common with darkness. Yet light dispels (destroys) the darkness. Those who would walk in the light must walk out of darkness, and agree with what the light exposes, around them and in them.
Best of all, He who is Light lovingly bids us to come to Him.
Compare my crawl space experience to our spiritual state: without the Light, no problem could have ever been resolved concerning our darkness. The need and desire to remedy our lost situation would have remained unfulfilled, if the True Light was unwilling to shine. But shine, praise God, He graciously did. And He still does, today.
He got down there, and dispelled the darkness. He is your working Light. Now go, into the darkness of your world, and let the True Light shine.