GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS
1 JOHN 1:5 “THIS IS THE MESSAGE WHICH WE HAVE HEARD FROM HIM AND DECLARE TO YOU, THAT GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL”
Today’s passage is taken from 1 John 1:5 “That God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” What an amazing scripture and passage.
Before talking about “God is light” I like to highlight something else first. Notice how John starts his letter. After saying in verse 4 that John is writing this letter to show us how to receive joy. In verse 5 John immediately starts his letter with God. Again nothing about himself but only God. Teaching us that our starting point to receive joy must be to always put God first. Look at John nothing of his opinion. He declares only what Jesus said. His focus is not John but Jesus only…
This brings to my mind an interesting concept. During 1850 until now our society became very much influenced by humanistic thinking. Humanistic thinking leads people to think that human beings are the center of the universe instead of God being the center of universe. Man started putting himself in the center of all thinking. Man has become the center of the universe. Man has placed himself on the throne and God has to be put in terms of man. Man has set himself as an authority. It is man and his ideas that count. It is always about man and his needs, condition and feelings that seems to be the starting point. This is very humanistic thinking.
To just notice how much humanistic thinking has influenced our behavior and our society let me ask you some questions. Ask yourself why are you a Christian and for what reason did you become a Christian? If your reason is the following it is very much humanistic – What has God to say to me and what has God to give to me? What can I get out of this Christian faith? Is there something in this faith that is going to ease my pain and take care of my problems? Is this faith going to help me?
Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. According to the bible that is the whole root of all problems – self. We need to put God always first. Just like John we need to forget self and think about what God wants. Our starting point must always be God and not ourselves, our needs, our desires and our happiness. That is very much humanistic thinking when we start with ourselves, instead our focus should be upon God and His Kingdom.
Let us discuss the second principle to experiencing lasting joy. John says that God is light and in HIM is no darkness at all. This is an awesome verse. The bible is so full of life. If you can grasp this passage it will change your life. First notice that there is no darkness in God, not even a little bit. NOTHING! ZERO! This means that God’s character is one of purity. There is no evil in God. God can’t even think evil nor do anything evil. It doesn’t even come into HIS mind. It is not a problem for human beings to be evil, but God can’t even think evil. Everything God does is done with pure and good motives. WOW!
A second characteristic of light is that it takes away all darkness. Darkness can’t be where there is light. WOW! This means the more we abide in the presence of God and the closer we draw to HIM the more darkness will be driven out of us and more of HIS light will be in us.
Third lesson we can learn from God is light – during the same time as humanistic thinking came into being that Christians started preaching a message of “God is love”, although this is true it is not how John starts his message to the church. He starts with saying God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. John is pointing out God’s holiness, His righteousness and His justice.
In verse 4 John talks about the reason for writing this letter was so we Christians could experience joy and immediately the first thing John talks about is God’s holiness. Not God’s love. Although John is also known as the apostle of love, why doesn’t John talk first about God is love and than later about God’s holiness? When we talk to people we should not immediately talk about the greatness of God, the knowledge of God, the mercy of God or His love but rather about HIS holiness. Unless we start with God’s holiness our concept of God will be totally wrong. Let me explain this with some examples.
Example: If we would preach God is love and there is a war or people face difficulties what will happen with those that are saved? Most likely they will get offended and walk away, because they are not focused on God’s holiness but rather His love and they would say how can a God, who is love, allow such a thing.