FIRST GOOD SAMARITAN BAPTIST CHURCH
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5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to 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 practice 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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
I JOHN 1:5-7
NEW KING JAMES VERSION
There is a hip hop artist by the name of Common came out with a song in 2000 called “The Light.” This song was metaphor on the love of his life being equated to light that shines. As we transition from the song to scripture, John writes about Deity and refers Him as Light who has also been identified as Love.
God is Love [I John 4:8]
8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God is Light [I John 1:5]
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
What is interesting about John’s depiction about God is that it he is definitive in his declaration. John uses a definitive statement by saying God is as oppose to God is like. God is like is figurative language that speaks to a description but explaining that GOD IS LIGHT SPEAKS TO A REVELATION FOR OUR ILLUMINATION.
When we recognize God is Light then we have fellowship with one another [vs. 7]. This statement is key because the Light ought to illuminate the importance of the fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. There is no relationship with God without fellowship with God’s children. In other words, we cannot walk in light and have darkness in our hearts regarding one another. The fellowship with one another is the FRUIT and the relationship with God who is Light is at the root.
Keep in mind:
Challenge for the Church is to have fellowship with one another that is extension of our relationship with God. If we say we love God and hate our brother, then we become liars [I John 4:20, 21]. Liars are not children of God but children of the devil [John 8:44].
Dr. James A. Simmons, Senior Pastor