“Moving on as Witnesses”
2nd Sunday in Eastertide
1 John 1:1-10, 2:2
Christianity is not a philosophy, a useful way of looking at the world that will get us through. It is not a system of rituals, following a set of sacred acts to manipulate God’s favor. It is not essentially a system of morality —”doing this and not doing that” — in order to win the prize of heaven. Christianity is simply knowing the truth about God, what He has done, what He is doing, and also knowing the truth about humanity.
It is important that Christians should recognize that God is light, and should walk in the light. Let me clear this, we walk in the light not to show how we live perfectly, while others do not. But, we walk in the light with the willingness to be open and honest about our deeds and life before God. In 1 John 1:5-7 it says, “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 Bible Encyclopedia has these comments and I qoute: “The first fact upon which the light of God impinges in human life is sin; and the first test walking in the light is the recognition and confession of the said fact. Such confession is the first step into the fellowship with God, because it bring us under the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus.” It is simply saying that, we can never be cleansed if we will deny that there is sin that we should confess to God; and there is sin that we should honestly declare before God. We have to remember this truth: the claim of sinlessness is not only self-deception, it is also blasphemy.