In The Darkness, You Lie

Friends,
The Lord impressed on me these two verses during my worship time this morning: 2 Cor. 6:1,2 –“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, ‘In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

As Jesus warns in John 12:35, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you.” So those once “having the light” can still be overcome with darkness? Yes. For the darkness is deception, delusion, denial, destruction, the evil realm, sin, and lostness… As Jesus finishes this verse, “The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.” He may think he does, He may think his destination is Heaven, but… he deludes himself.

So, as Jesus continues in verse 36, “Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.” Who is the light? It is Jesus –God “in bodily form.” (Col. 2:9) As He says in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” –Eternal life. And did we catch that word “never”? Then why do so many “Christians” say we can’t help but sin (which is darkness) every day? I tell you, because they actually do not have the Light of Life in them.

Sadly, these so-called “Christ-followers” do not believe enough to accept Jesus’ words. Like those in John 12:46, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.” No one. No one who BELIEVES in Him. Like I said, they simply do not believe. Maybe they have the head knowledge, but if they won’t come out of the darkness –all known sin and falsehoods–they are not saved. Because as Jesus says in Luke 13:3, “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Genuine and total repentance is absolutely necessary, for repentance means turning from ALL sin –once and for all.

“God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) So how can a person be “in Him”, yet also be “in darkness” –which is sin, evil, the demonic realm..? For “what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial (idols / false gods)?” (2 Cor. 6:14,15) Do we notice the comparison there? –Christ and light versus darkness and false gods? And keep in mind that false gods are of Satan, but that Satan’s best tactic is deception… thus his ploy of “masquerading as an angel of light.” (2 Cor. 11:14)

Indeed, Satan “has blinded the minds of unbelievers” (2 Cor. 4:4) –the minds of those who believe some kind of spiritual nonsense, but refuse to believe the Truth. And they will perish! For “if our Gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing” (v. 3), because “the wrath of God [is coming]… against all… who suppress the Truth by their wickedness.” (Rom. 1:18) And remember, even one spot of sin is wickedness in God’s eyes; for He HATES sin and cannot fellowship with a person who is not clean of it, who will not release it, who will not cast it to the ground.

Truly… as Heb. 9:27 warns, “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” There is no second chance. Here, on this earth, we are given the chance to come under the grace of God extended to us through Christ’s sacrifice, and we are to live worthy of that grace given us. Or, we have “received God’s grace in vain.”

Yes, as Eph. 2:8 tells us, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith”, but Rom. 1:5 says, “We received grace… to call people… to the obedience that comes from faith.” Grace, faith, obedience / repentance –continuously– day in and day out… night and day… a continuous abiding –the branches in the Vine (John 15:1-8)– in pure, obedient fellowship.

However, “If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” (1 John 1:6) For walking in “the darkness” is when one walks in sin –any deliberate / known sin– and the test of being kept from “everlasting destruction” is if we know God and obey the true Gospel. (2 Thes. 1:7-10) 1 John 2:3,4 confirms this obedience test: “We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. The man who says, ‘I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

If someone says they can sin while still walking in fellowship with God, under His grace, saying they know Him, that person simply lies — lies to others and also to himself. For Scripture says the opposite.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on December 18, 2009.

 
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