Three for the Road (The Christian Walk with the LORD)

One, “God is Love– I John 4:8, and we are inspired to walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us– Ephesians 5:2.

Two, God is Light– I John 1:5, and we are encouraged to walk as the children of light – Ephesians 5:8.

Three, God is Spirit– John 4:24) and we are implored to walk in the spirit– Galatians 5:16.

This is a threefold, balanced walk with the Lord God, That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God– Colossians 1:10.” ~LMJ~

John – Revealing Our Fellowship

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John was an Apostle who walked with Jesus Christ when he was physically here, and John had seen his Lord ascended up to heaven. In his Epistles he expresses divine truths that relate to the believers’ fellowship with God and with Jesus. He delivers practical principles that expound on the love of God, he shows that God is Light, Life, Truth, Righteous, and that we can have fellowship with Him through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I John 1:3-4:
-3: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
-4: And {in addition to having fellowship} these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

What John had seen was the Word of life, for he had physically seen Jesus Christ who is the incarnate Word of God (John 1:14).

John is teaching that he is declaring Jesus Christ to believers with a purpose, and the purpose is that we may have fellowship with fellow-believers, and fellowship with our Father, and fellowship with His Son.

The word “fellowship” means to share fully (in his life, and he is alive), so believers can partake and fully share in the joys of knowing the resurrected Savior who will return for us. I Corinthians 1:9 reads, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” Our God has faithfully called us into a sharing of the life of Jesus, having his power (Philippians 3:10a) and life (Colossians 3:4a) to enjoy and fellowship around.

I John 1:5 – This then is the message {the word “message” is the word for promise} which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

It is a promise from God that He is light, and has no darkness within Him whatsoever!

This of course is contrary to what so very many people think; they believe that God kills, that He is evil, that He does not even care about people or what goes on down here, yet these ideas are untrue, for God is light.

That darkness comes from another source, from the Adversary, whom we hardly ever mention in our Bible Bytes because our glory and praise always focuses upon our loving Father, and in the accomplishments of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We believe that excluding the Adversary whenever possible will show to us God’s “safe passages” that will help lead us into godliness, fellowship, and life with him who was raised from the dead.  This is where our focus is always placed. We dispel darkness by focusing on the light, rather than focusing on darkness, negatives, and works of the Adversary who is the Devil.

I John 1:6-8:
-6: If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not {and cannot do} the truth:
-7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we {absolutely} have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
-8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us {enough to lift us up in grace to enjoy our fellowship with each other, God, and Jesus}.

However:

I John 1:9-10:
-9: If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness {and true spiritual fellowship and unity with God will flow}.
-10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make him {God} a liar, and his word is not in us.

If we simply confess, meaning to say to God something like “I am sorry” and recognize in our minds that we are not perfect, then God forgives and cleanses.

Verse 9 does not say confess to any man, nor does it say to say it aloud, rather we are to talk to our heavenly Father and admit that yes we had blown it in some way, that we have gone off course in some way, and when we do this, this blesses the Father’s heart to no end because we are upfront and honest with Him. Then our God goes to work for us and forgives with this purpose: that we may have continued fellowship with one another, and with God, and with our Lord.

Let us learn to be continuously thankful for Our Fellowship that we can have with our forgiving heavenly Father, being humbly thankful for the completed work of our Savior Jesus Christ who made it possible for God to do a perfect work within our hearts, through the cleansing blood of him who gave his all in all so that we may enjoy serenity and fellowship with God’s graces upon our lives.

God Is Light!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

God tells us what is good, “Good is the word of the LORD” (Isaiah 39:8).

God tells us what is light, “God is light” (I John 1:5), and “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple {the humble}” (Psalms 119:130).

God tells us what is truth, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

God tells us what is sweet, “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalms 119:103) ― all else is something else.

God questions in Ezekiel 18:25, “Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal? The word equal is a word used for that which is balanced perfectly right and justly, as God’s way which is equal resets the equilibrium back into the repentant heart of fallen man so that he may be right with God and righteous with Him Who is always right and righteous with you.

John 1:1-5:
1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2: The same was in the beginning with God.
3: All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4: In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5: And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

I John 1:5:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

God Is Light

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 I John 1:5:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

What a divine message this is to declare to the children of God, that “God is light,” and in Him there is no darkness at all! Growing up I thought that God brought harm to His children when they made mistakes. Nevertheless, if this were true, then there certainly would be darkness in Him; however, and thankfully our “God is light,” and He is the essence of life, energy, and creation.

Ephesians 5:8:
For ye were sometimes {in} darkness {before salvation}, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

In our last study, we saw that “God is Spirit,” and we were encouraged in the Scriptures to walk in the spirit, and now we see that “God is light” and we are encouraged to walk as children of light. When we walk in the light of God’s Word, we indeed walk in God Who is light!

I Thessalonians 5:5a:
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: . . .

Indeed, we are “the children of light, and the children of the day.” “Children of the day” is a description of us today, for every day we are now and always will be God’s precious children. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” declares the message in I John 3:2, because it is so. Even though sometimes you might think – “I’m more like a child of the night,” remember that there is nothing that you could do so wrong that you were no longer your earthly mother and father’s son or daughter – the same is true of us as God’s precious family.

James 1:17-18:
-17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above {from God}, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. {Because God emanates light from every direction leaving no shadow, thus, “in Him is no darkness at all.”}
-18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures {creation}.

Isn’t the Word of God so inspiring? We were “begat” (or begotten), meaning that we are born into God’s light, and into His very own household (Ephesians 2:19), and we verify this throughout “the word of truth.” The more we discover the “Father of lights,” the more light is introduced into our lives allowing us to see the treasure we are and illuminating the treasures we truly have in Christ.

When walking in the light one can discover the warmth of the Father’s eternal embrace, for as God is light, so are you in this world!