Last week we saw that John introduced his letter by unfolding for us his experience with Christ, his proclamation of Christ and his (and our potential) fellowship with Christ which results in fullness of joy. Now, he continues that idea of fellowship by informing us that such fellowship can only happen in the light, with the Light who dwells in the light.
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce 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 practice 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 are deceiving 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
As we think about fellowshipping in the light…with the light this week, let’s think through 3 major truths about The Light.
First, Light Communicates v5
We read in verse 5, “This is the message that we have heard from Him, God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all.” “Light” is not a name, but is communicating to us something about God. Light communicates purity, power, majesty and holiness. God is light with no darkness, blemish or stain. Psalm 104:1-2 says, “You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.”
Again we read in 1 Timothy 6:15b-17 “he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” As we consider these texts as well, it is clear that the word Light is communicating to us that God is holy, pure and majestic.
Revelation 4 conveys the reality about our God: that He is Light which communicates to us His glory, majesty, splendor and holiness. I would encourage you to read the entire chapter (Revelation 4), but for now consider verses 2-8.
”Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.” (Revelation 4:2-8)
The word holy in Revelation 4:8 conveys more than just sinless, perfect or pure. It conveys for us the idea of otherness. It could literally be understood as meaning, “higher than” and/or “separate from.” Imagine you were to run into one of these beasts described in Revelation 4 while in the dark? How would you react? Would you greet them warmly or fall on your face in fear? Now, imagine coming face to face with our Lord? What would your reaction be? Like those in Scripture who encountered a heavenly being, we would doubtless fall on our face as dead! This God indeed dwells in unapproachable light. Light communicates the glory of our God, but light also illuminates as we will see next time. Until then…