Monday, February 20, 2012

The True Light

1 John 2:7-17  Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.  (8)  Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.  (9)  He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.  (10)  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.  (11)  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.  (12)  I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.  (13)  I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.  (14)  I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.  (15)  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  (16)  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  (17)  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

            We as Christians “must” know “The True Light” as this “light” is the basis of our Faith.  Jesus tells us who He is:

John 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John The Revelator refers to Jesus as The “light.”  Within these verses, we are given the contrast between “light” and “darkness.”  (“[D]arkness” is defined as being in the “world” and without The Salvation that God offers through The Blood of His Son Jesus.)

Ephesians 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

            If a person “hateth his brother” and he says he is in the “light,” he “is in darkness even until now.”  (A “brother” is anyone who claims Jesus The Christ as his personal Saviour, not a non-Christian.) (In “the light” is accepting Jesus The Christ, (in sincere belief,) as our personal Redeemer and Saviour.)  If we have hate within our heart for anyone, we are not “in the light.” 

John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

            “Reader, if you have never accepted Jesus The Christ as your Personal Redeemer, you are in “darkness.”  John tells us that in “darkness” we have no direction because the “darkness hath blinded his [our] eyes.”
            If we “love the world,” John tells us that we are “not of the Father,” (our God in Heaven.)  We are still of our “father the devil.”

John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

            Yet, we that are of The Father in Heaven will do “the will of God” and will “abideth for ever.” 
            Today is the day to accept Jesus as your Lord, Saviour, and Redeemer.  The old saying, “Tomorrow Never Comes” is true as “tomorrow” becomes “today.” 
            Do it, accept Jesus before it is eternally too late.

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts

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