#155 The Declaration of the Nature of God
Posted: Monday, March 26th, 2018Print
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LET. Wielded by the Holy Spirit, this tiny word had a huge impact on Martha’s life, and the adventure can be yours, too, if you just LET God be GOD.
1 John 1:5 HCSB
This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is Light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.
John the Beloved wrote the Book of 1 John some 50 to 60 years after the resurrection of Christ. He was an old man, and the Patmos isle of exile was to be his next home.
The apostle had years to digest and distill all the words he had heard, all the events to which he was witness. In the ensuing years, darkness had crept into the Church—false believers, antichrist spirits, and a failing of the standard of love from the early church.
In 1 John, John was writing a succinct and crucial letter, a warning to his spiritual children – to fathers, young men and children. He begins with the scripture above, one of the clearest and most startling statements in the New Testament. Its brevity and stark simplicity makes it seem to be a core statement, a primary exposure of the nature of God and of His standard as well.
This is not John’s interpretation; it is a verbatim statement the disciples heard from the Lord Himself and Who sent John to declare it to all believers of all time. This one declaration. This simple but momentous statement.
If you said there was no evil in God, that would be obvious. If you said there is only good in God, we would understand. But when you define God as He speaks about Himself, that HE IS LIGHT and there is no darkness in Him at all (NASB), then we are struck with His vast mystery.
Truly, we do not know God. We do not understand LIGHT and we do not comprehend what DARKNESS is. May God give us His Light to understand this vital unveiling…the very essence of our God.
Amplified Bible: Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.