Fellowship in the Light

I.  The message is God is light and there is no darkness in him at all (1 John 1:5)

A. Light is the constant metaphor of “truth” and “holiness” and “righteousness.”

1. John 3:21 -- But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

2. Psalm 138:2 -- I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

B. God IS light – Jesus is the human expression of that unique nature.

1. John 1:4-9 -- In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. . . . . That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

2. John 8:12 -- Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

3. John 12:46 -- I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

II. The purpose of 1st John is that we might have fellowship and joy together (1 John1:3-4).

A. We are called to fellowship with Jesus Christ.

1. 1 Corinthians 1:9 -- God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord

2. John 14:7-11 -- If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. . . . he that hath seen me hath seen the Father. . . . I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

3. Colossians 2:9 -- For in him [Christ] dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

4. John 17:3-8 -- And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. . . .I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. . . . For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

5. John 17:24 -- Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

B. We are expected to have joy because of that fellowship (1 John 1:4)

1. John 15:7-11 -- If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. . . bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. . . . continue ye in my love . . . . keep my commandments . . . abide in my love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

2. John 17:13, 21 -- And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. . . . That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

III. The Fellowship cannot exist unless we walk “in the light” (1 John 1:6-7).

A. Hypocritical religion is “doing a lie” against truth.

1. Matthew 6:2 -- Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

2. Matthew 6:5 -- And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

3. Matthew 6:16 -- Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

4. Matthew 23:27 -- Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

5. Matthew 23:28 -- Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

B. Hypocritical teachings are “doing a lie” against truth.

1. Matthew 23:13 -- But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

2. Matthew 23:15 -- Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

3. Matthew 23:23 -- Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

4. Matthew 23:25 -- Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

5. Mark 7:6 -- He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

C. Walking in the light brings fellowship and cleansing from sin (1 John 1:7).

1. Psalm 89:15 -- Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.

2. Ephesians 5:8 -- For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

3. 2 John 1:4 -- I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

4. 3 John 1:4 -- I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

5. 1 John 1:9 -- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

IV. The fellowship can be broken if we deny our need of “light” (1 John 1:8-10).

A. Denial of sin is both foolish and self-condemning.

1. Romans 3:23 -- For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

2. Job 9:20 -- If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

3. James 1:22 -- But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

4. All human experience acknowledges evil; the deception is that “others” are evil.

B. Deception by sin brings condemnation and judgment.

1. 1 John 1:8 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

2. John 8:43-45 -- Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil. . . When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

3. Hebrews 10:26-27 -- For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

1 John 2:4 -- He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

V. The fellowship with “the Light” must have “truth in us” (1 John 1:8-10

A. Truth is a barrier to sin.

1. 1 John 1:6 -- If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

2. 1 John 1:10 -- If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

3. 1 John 3:5 -- And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

4. 1 John 3:6 -- Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

B. Truth demands a compatible relationship with the one who is Truth.

1. Galatians 6:7 -- Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

2. Luke 21:8 -- And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

3. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 -- Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

4. Ephesians 5:6 -- Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

5. 1 John 3:7 -- Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

C. Truth will always induce confession for cleansing (1 John 1:9)

1. There are several aspects to confession by the Saints.

a. Matthew 10:32 -- Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
b. Acts 19:18 -- And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
c. Hebrews 11:13 -- These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

2. There are several results of confession by the Saints.

a. 1 John 1:9 -- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
b. 1 John 4:15 --- Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
c. Revelation 3:5 -- He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
d. Titus 2:13-14 -- Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
e. Ephesians 1:4-7 -- According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
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