Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Message

1 John 1:5-7  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  (6)  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  (7)  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
John 12:46  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Are we aware of God’s presence, His safety and His mercy in our daily walk with Jesus?  God “light[s]” our way.  His “light” wards off impending doom, and allows Him to see our need.  (His mercy always lights our way.  He never leads us into “darkness” because He has “no darkness at all.”)
Jesus tells us:  if we as Christians are flirting with the darkness of the world (sin) we, regardless of our testimony, are not of Him.
I can hear you now.  “Brother John, you said The Bible teaches, “Once saved always saved.”  I will continue to say the same.  If a person has professed Jesus as His Saviour, and is doing his best to walk that narrow path, he will (as I have) make a few mistakes.  (He is still saved and will go to Heaven and live eternally with The Lord Jesus.)  However, if a person makes a confession, and then continues blatantly in his sin, God calls him a liar, “and walk in darkness, we lie.”

Matthew_6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

            If we love God, how can we walk on other paths?  (We cannot do both.)  To get around this dilemma, we re-identify those sins “as less than darkness, sorta twilight.”  That way they have “some” light.  But our scripture tells us “in him is no darkness at all.”  “The Message” is:  “God is light” and that “in him is no darkness at all.”  If we call Jesus our Lord, but continue without repentance, (walking in the darkness of sin,) we are liars.
            “Reader, if you find within your heart a lack of repentance, and that the “narrow road of Christ” is not a part of your life:  repent now.  Call upon The Lord.  Beg Him to accept you. Allow The “blood of Jesus Christ his Son” to cleanse you of your sins.  Change your mind.  Repent of your sins, and put them away.”

Romans 12:1-2  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
“The Message” is:  “What is your “reasonable service?”  In order to achieve what God wants, we as Christians must renew “[y]our mind.”  This change must be our desire, the desire to be “transformed,” and found “acceptable unto God.”  “Reader, what are you going to do, continue in your sin, or repent and follow Jesus?”

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas

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