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Walking in the Light – 1 John 1 – Context

Walking in the Light article

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)

It is my intention with this article, and one to follow, to address the idea expressed in 1 John 1:7 of walking in the light as He is in the light. It is central to Christian living, and therefore fellowship with the Father. Despite the fundamental nature of this concept, some have used this verse as a proof text for error. Additionally, there is a popular approach to this text which is inconsistent with its context, and the remote context of scripture which yields great potential for harm.

However, to stress the points alluded to which I consider to be of great importance, I think it necessary to first deal with the text exegetically. Establishing the context of 1 John 1 will help us further understand the proper application of it in our lives today. Continue reading » Walking in the Light – 1 John 1 – Context

Evidences of Faith: The Blood of the Lamb

In the May installment of Evidences, we looked at the exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt. In particular, we focused on the crossing of the Red Sea, and how that crossing foreshadowed the New Testament concept of baptism. This month, we will focus on another event which God brought about in the course of freeing His people from their slavery: the tenth plague.

 

In order to convince the Egyptians of His deity, engrave the fear of Himself on their hearts, make Himself known to all peoples, and to convince Pharaoh to let Israel go, God sent a series of plagues upon the Egyptians. The tenth – and final – of these plagues was the most terrible of all:

 

Then Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt; and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the maidservant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the beasts.'” (Exodus 11:4,5) Continue reading » Evidences of Faith: The Blood of the Lamb