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Monday, April 2nd, '18

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NO DARKNESS AT ALL

"...God is light, and in him is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5)

 

Light and truth are the same things. Whatever makes manifest is light, so said Paul. A bandit doesn't hide himself by standing under a street light. He cloaks himself in secrecy. It's the camouflage that enables the deer hunter to gun down his prey. But Jesus never wore cammos, He never masked a false identity. "I have spoken openly to the world...and in secret have I done nothing" (John 18:20). The cards were on the table. What you saw was what you got. And what you didn't see was open for public inspection. John, who wrote our text, walked with Him for three and a half years and declared, "...in him is no darkness at all". None "at all". If there were flaws John would have seen them. Such a transparent life is difficult for you and I because we are classified as, swallow hard, sinners. But that ought to be our aim. Paul urged, "...renouncing the hidden things of dishonesty..." (2 Corinthians 4:2) The murky shadows of daybreak are giving way to the brightness of noontide and "there is nothing hid from the heat thereof" (Psalm 19:6). Light is quite inviting on the positive side but also quite invasive on the negative. It exposes what we really would rather keep to ourselves.

 

John continues, "If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another..." (vs 5) Light and dark can't fellowship. The one tends to chase the other away. But it only takes a crack in the door of a darkroom for light to step inside and take over the place. No darkness at all means that all the doors have been opened, which is really what we mean by confession. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (vs 9). Note, John uses the word "all" again. The electrician designed a light in the living room, dining room, the bedroom and all the closets. Even the microwave has a light inside, as well the glove box in your car. Why so much light? To drive the dark away. To drive away fear.

 

 "He who does truth comes to the light..." (John 3:21) A good light probing is not always pleasant. All radiology patients have an inherent anxiety over what the CAT scan might reveal. But people who value life come to the light. The exposure may very from a prostate exam to the family G.P. and his tongue depressor telling us to say "Ahh" while shining a little flashlight down our throats, but the purpose is the same, things that are not inspected always tend to deteriorate. So we make our appointment with the Great Physician and submit to His exams. Usually He forgives on the spot and it is never brought up again. But sometimes He demands we go to an offended party and say, "I'm sorry". A clean conscience means all the doors have been opened to the light. That is why it is vital to have a friend, a pastor or counselor that you can talk to, feeling free to let down your guard. Sometimes you have to spill it out, sometimes spell it out, but it's always good to get it out. John wasn't speaking in parables. He didn't say, "God is like light". He said, "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all". So to be like Him we must allow Him to flip the "on" switch.


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