Where do your steps take you? Are you walking in the light or the dark? Our fellowship depends on where we walk, and Jesus doesn’t save in the dark. He saves from the dark. If we keep walking down a dark path out of the light we probably have the wrong guy…
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
John is clear that he is passing on the teaching of Jesus – “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you.” Is that how I approach the teachings of Jesus? Do I pass on to others what I have heard from him?
The gospel according to Marc is not worth listening to. The gospel according to Jesus is everything. What I teach is inconsequential unless it is consistent with Jesus’ own teaching. And so to hear John declare the teaching of Jesus is encouraging to anyone who desires to follow the Messiah.
And Jesus’ teaching is that God is light. Not only does God dwell in light, he projects light into the world – into the darkness in which those who have things to hide dwell. This teaching echoes what we heard Jesus share with Nicodemus in John 3. People want to stay in the dark and stay away from the light because their deeds are evil.
John expounds: if we claim fellowship with Jesus, and secretly have fellowship with the darkness, we lie. It’s a lie. We do not live out the truth when we live this way. This is a double life. This isn’t the person who stumbles into temptation from time to time. This is the person who has a dark side – a dark path – in which they walk and live outside of their walk with Jesus.
This person lives as if God is not everywhere – as if the Spirit does not dwell within. The challenge to this person is whether the Spirit of Christ even dwells within him. Because the life of darkness is inconsistent with the life in the light.
Only if we walk in the light, as Jesus is in the light, do we have real fellowship with God and each other – only in that light does Jesus purify from sin. Jesus doesn’t save in the dark. He saves from the dark.
Where do your steps take you? Are you walking in the light or the dark? Your fellowship and mine depends on where we walk…