God’s Light on Sin, 1 Jn 1:5-10

God’s Light on Sin 1 Jn 1:5-10 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

In Jn 1:5 tells us that God is light.  When we are truly dealing with Him, the light of God will show us some things that you can only see by his light.  For instance, if you track a deer at night with a flash light, seeing the droplets of blood can be very difficult.  But if you use a blood tracking flashlight, it will illuminate the blood so that you can follow the deer.  In this passage we see God’s light on sin and how sin affects your relationship with God.  Seeing these things helps to establish and keep your fellowship with God.  God’s light on sin will show you:

Your false profession of faith – 1 Jn 1:6.  This verse is for the person who says that he has fellowship with God but still walks in darkness.  His sin is unbelief.  This person is lost.  He is a liar and may not even realize it.  He says that he is saved but he is not.  However, when the Lord himself deals with him, he is going to see that he does not believe.  At that point he needs to trust Jesus Christ and receive him. Without Christ you cannot have fellowship with God.

The sufficiency of the blood of Jesus to cleanse your sin – 1 Jn 1:7.  This is for a saved person, the one who walks in the light.  The light of God will show him that the blood of Jesus Christ is absolutely sufficient to cleanse him from ALL sin, no matter what it is.  He needs nothing else to save and cleanse him.  Heb 9:14 shows us the purging quality of Jesus’ blood to not only cleanse the sin but to purge our consciences.  The blood of Jesus restores our fellowship with God.

The deceitfulness of sin in your life – 1 Jn 1:8.  This is for the saved person who says that he doesn’t have sin in his life [that what he does is not sin].  God’s light on sin will show him that what he thought was not sin is in fact sin and that he has been deceived by it.  Sin separates from God and you must see the sin that separates you from God.

The absence of truth in your life – 1 Jn 1:8.  The person deceived by sin has an underlying problem and that is that he cannot see the sin in his life because he doesn’t have the truth in his life.  The light of God is visible in the words of God.  And when you get the word of God in you then you can see what God sees the way that God sees it [Heb 4:12-13].  Believing and following the truth of God gets the sin out and restores our fellowship with Him.

God’s faithfulness and justice to forgive your sins – 1 Jn 1:9.  This is for the person who confesses his sins to the Lord.  We all must do that but many Christians do not.  If you confess your sins, that is you agree with God that what you are is a sinner and what you have been doing is sin, then he will forgive based on two factors.  

First, he forgives you based on his faithfulness.  He said he would and he will not go back on his word.  Second, he forgives you based on his justice.  God is perfectly just and cannot let sin go unpunished.  Since Jesus has already been punished for your sins, the justice of God has been satisfied and, therefore, you are forgiven.  Any time the sin comes back up in your memory, you need to remember God’s faithfulness and justice.  He has chosen to not remember your sin and you need to choose the same thing!!  Quit beating yourself up with the sins of your past and enjoy your fellowship with God.

Conclusion:  These things above are the major “sin” deterrents to our fellowship with God.  1 Jn 1:10 shows us that, if after all of these explanations on how the light of God works in your life, you still believe that you have not sinned, you call God a liar [Titus 1:2] and you have rejected his light [Jn 3:19-20].  As the old timers used to say, “Light rejected becomes lightning.”