1 John 1:5-10: Light Penetrates

We have looked at how light communicates, how it illuminates, and we end today by considering how light penetrates (if you have not read the prior 2 installments, please scroll down and do so)

Light Penetrates

The Light communicates God’s holiness, it illuminates our sinfulness, and it penetrates the dark recesses of our hearts to cause transformation.  It overcomes our sinfulness and begins to lead us to transformation.  Walking in the Light, with nothing to hide, produces at least 3 things.

1.  Communion    

We read in verse 7, “If we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another.” 

Who exactly is the “one another” verse 7 references?  Some say that it is referring to God (a vertical fellowship).  Other’s say that “one another” is referring to each other (a horizontal communion).  I would say that it refers to both/and!  After all, if we are not in fellowship horizontally, the problem is usually our vertical fellowship. And, if we are in communion with God vertically then we are generally in fellowship with our brothers and sisters horizontally.  Vertical communion = horizontal communion.  The light penetrates our hearts and brings us into fellowship with one another.

2.  Confession    

In verse 9 we read, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all of our unrighteousness.”  The closer we get to the Light the more sin is exposed and we are driven to confess our sins.  Confession is not just admitting that you have sinned…that is part of it, but that is not all of it.  Many of us confess our sin with no real determination to forsake our sin.  Example: If I eat so many Reese’s peanut butter cups that I get sick and vomit, what good does it do if I wipe my mouth and start popping more Reese’s cups?   I have done nothing but empty my stomach so that I can fill it again with the same stuff that made me sick to begin with.  My appetite has not changed!  This is how many of us treat confession.  We feel bad.  We confess, or throw up on God our sin so that we can feel better.  But, because our appetite is still for the things of the world, we go right back to our sin!  In the words of Proverbs 26:11,  “Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly”.

What is true confession?  To confess means to see our sin as God sees it…and therefore to forsake it. 

Proverbs 28:13 says, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”  So, as the light penetrates our hearts and lives we are driven to truly confess and forsake our sin which leads to the 3rd reaction to the light’s penetration of our heart.

3.  Cleansing    v9, v7b     

To fully confess our sin in this way results in complete forgiveness and complete cleansing.  There is a difference between covering up sin and cleansing our sin.  God did not intend to cover up our sin (short term solution at best) but to cleanse it forever (eternal solution).

Imagine the ocean…the tide is going out.  On the beach is a high cliff overlooking the ocean.  On the high cliff stands Christ with His back to both the edge of the cliff and the ocean.  The tide is going out.  You meet Him there and present to Him your sin.  Imagine God grinding your sin under His feet and then tossing it behind His back off the cliff, and to the sea where the tide carries it out.  What an incredible relief and ultimate, undeserved gift!  This is exactly what the Bible says He does.

Micah 7:19  he will tread our iniquities underfoot

Isaiah 38:17  you have cast all my sins behind your back

Micah 7:19  You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea

Psalm 103:12  as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Jeremiah 31:34  I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more

You can have this fellowship with God…with one another…and complete cleansing (a do-over today)!  If you will just come to the Light.  You can learn more about how to come into the light by clicking here!

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