Day 2 or Day 17
1 John 1:5-7
Intimacy with Jesus: Walking in the Light
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 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.
The Term “The Light” is just as wide and deep and rich as the term “The Faith” and “The Truth.” All three allude to the whole of Christian teaching passed on from Jesus to the Apostles and unto those like Luke who recorded “The Truth” under the power, direction, and inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God. In Jude 3 he says, “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for The Faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” And the Apostle John describes it all later as: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in The Truth. Basically, it could be said that the Corpus (body) of Christian teaching can be expressed in any of the three ways I point out here. But, in 1 John 1:5-7 there is a nuance that 3-Ds and it is all about purity, holiness, righteousness, and the noble.
Anybody can just speak Christianese. Anybody can just check off a fairly lengthy check-list of Do(s) and Don’t(s) in their daily living. Neither stance- taken to the most extreme left- or right- are Christian at all. The Apostle James says that faith without work is dead and works with no faith is dead too- both are simply just dead in the water of God’s perfect plan in Jesus Christ for our lives- Intimacy with Him as balanced individuals who walk and talk Jesus. Regarding even just salt- the two chemicals left on their own that make salt are deadly lethal if ingested on their own. Not just anybody walks the walk and talks the talk.
That is the kind of person who is living, breathing, and walking in the Light of Day as God is the Light of Day (Paul said we are “children of light” who “walk in the day”)- that is someone who is Intimate with Jesus. I’m going to be frank reader- this author of sorts has no desire to walk and talk in this world without that “balance” that only Intimacy with Jesus brings. Believer- “We love Him because He first loved us.” “God is Love.” “Perfect love casts out fear.” Allow His perfect love to cast out your fears and be embraced by this Light, this Love, this Truth, this Faith. In the light of this Holy God- He sent His only begotten Son to shed His blood, die, and be raised from the dead on our behalf because we are sinners in need of a Saviour- This Saviour- the Great God Jesus Christ. This is the basis of our entrance into The Light, the Life, the Love, the Truth, and the Faith once forever and for all saints everywhere passed down for our edification and instruction believer. Only believe it and receive it and daily- “walk it out” as you embrace Intimacy with Jesus.