1 John 1:5-10 Light Illuminates!

Last time, we saw that light communicates.  In the context of this Scripture, it communicates the holiness, purity, and majesty of God. Light not only communicates, but it also illuminates.

Light Illuminates    

When you walk into a dark room and flip on the light, what happens?  Light fills the room and reveals what is hidden in the darkness.  Light also reveals what is hidden in the dark recesses of our hearts and it often offends us.  Our knee jerk reaction is often to say that we do not like our transgressions to be revealed.  We see this in Jesus’ words in John 3:19  “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.”  

John helps us to see and admit our sin in this text.  We read in verse 6, “ If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”  If we SAY we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in darkness (physical and/or moral darkness), we lie and do not practice the truth.  In the words of Robert Candlish, “The incompatibility between our claiming fellowship with him and are walking in darkness is so gross that it may well warrant the strong language we lie and do not the truth.  When we say that we have fellowship with Him while walking in darkness, we are doing more than just telling a lie.  We are living a lie!

On the other side of that coin if you say that you have no sin…if you think you have arrived…that you are good…you are kidding yourself!  Verse 8 illuminates the sin of those who believe they are “good.”  It read, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” We may think that we are squeaky clean by checking off our preconceived religious boxes, but as we peel back the layers of ourselves, we realize what a mess we really are.

Verse 10 sums it all up with, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar.”  Light communicates the holiness of God…and it illuminates our sinfulness and hypocrisy.  You can listen to this sermon in its entirety here or watch it here.  Next time we will see the third thing light does as we continue to consider 1 John 1:5-10.  Until then, answer the following questions as you consider how light illuminates.

Application Questions

1.  How do you feel and respond when God reveals to you a sin or sins in your life that you may have been blind to?

2.  How do you feel and respond when a friend or family member reveals to you a sin or sins in your life that you may have been blind to?  BE HONEST

3.  Do you have a tendency to profess something that you don’t live out?  Do you sometimes try to appear one way, when in fact, you are another way inside or behind closed doors?  

4.  Do you tend to think you are ok spiritually and don’t really have much to repent of?  When is the last time God revealed to you a sin in your life that you need to address?

5.  How will you respond to what you have learned today?