God is Light Part 2
Passed From Death to Life
The Fellowship We Have With Him
The Bible says in 1 John 1:6, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” This fellowship is essential as we deal with both our condition and our conduct. We are at enmity with God. We are separated from God because of our sinfulness. We are children of the Devil by nature, and we must become children of God by faith. Our relationship is settled when we ask God to forgive our sin and by faith trust the Lord Jesus as our Saviour.
Fellowship has to do with our conduct. To be in fellowship with the Lord is to trust in the Lord and to walk in the light that He provides. Fellowship means that we have things in common; that we are walking together. The Bible says in Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed”?
The Word of God states in 1 John 1:6-7, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:…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.”
Notice the little word “all.” None of us can enter heaven on our own. The only way we can get into heaven is on His record. He shed His blood and paid our sin debt so that we might be able to have our sins forgiven. God deals with our conduct, changes our relationship, and makes us His children. He gives us victory over those sins through the power of the Holy Spirit so that we can have fellowship with Him.
The Bible says in Romans 4:1-8, “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works. Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
What does all this mean? In the Old Testament, there was a sin offering and a trespass offering. The sin offering was for sin; the trespass offering was for sins. The word sin is related to our condition. Sin has to do with who we are. We are sinners; and we have sin nature. The word sins is related to our actions, our conduct. Because we are sinners, we commit sins!
The Bible says that Jesus Christ, the only righteous One came to earth and never sinned. He owed no sin debt. He could go to heaven on His own record. None of us can get to heaven on our record; we must get to heaven on Christ’s record. The Lord Jesus Christ bled and died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead. When we ask God to forgive our sin and trust Christ by faith as our Saviour, He imputes the righteousness of Christ to our account.
Take the time to read Hebrews 9:11-24 and notice that the tabernacle on earth was only a picture of what is in heaven. The blood sacrifices on earth were just a shadow of what was to take place when Christ, the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world, bled and died for our sins. In the covenant God made with His people, the sprinkled blood was a sign of things to come. Our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s spotless Lamb, has not entered into a tabernacle made with hands; He entered into heaven itself to place His own blood on the mercy seat.
How can I fellowship with a pure, holy, and spotless God? How can I walk with Him and talk with Him? Because Jesus Christ has washed me in His cleansing blood, I can speak with my God and fellowship with Him. I enter in on the merit of the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” We have been made the righteousness of God in Christ. God has made a way for us to have such sweet, wonderful fellowship and close communion with Him, but we take so little advantage of it. Anywhere in this world, in an instant, God’s children can enter into the presence of God. This is the message we have heard of Him, and the fellowship we have with Him.
The Cleansing We Receive From Him
The Bible says in 1 John 1:7, “…and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Remember that sin in the singular deals with our sinful condition. If people say that they have no sin, then it is evidence, according to John 16, that the Holy Spirit has never dealt with them and made them aware that they are sinful creatures. 1 John 1:8 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
Many in this world are so self-deceived. People must have the truth. They are dying—not for lack of information, but for lack of truth. We must speak the truth to people.
Someday people are going to stand at the Great White Throne Judgment and be cast into a lake of fire. It is a sobering thought that they may point their accusing fingers and say, “Why did you not tell me the truth, that I was sinner, and in need of salvation?” Some of our neighbours and family members may say this. We must speak the truth to them in love.
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” How can God forgive sin? He can forgive sin because the sin debt has been completely, totally paid for with the blood of Jesus Christ. The debt is not going to be required twice. The Lord Jesus paid it all.
God, who is light, provides light for us in which we are to walk and have fellowship with Him. Are we walking in that light? As God makes us sensitive to things we have said, attitudes we have had, and things we have neglected, are we seeking God to help us with those things? Becoming a Christian is the beginning of walking in the light.
“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” Ephesians 5:8