Daily Bread - March 14, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 14 March 2019 16:32
1 John 1:6 - If we say that we have communion with Him, and walk in
darkness, we lie and do not the truth.

Fellowship with God is only made possible by the impartation of the life of
God. The life of God is imparted to us when we are born again. Through the
new birth, the Holy Spirit -Who now lives in us- leads us, teaches us, and
establishes us in all the ways of God. If we say that we have 'koinonia'
(κοινωνία), and yet walk in darkness, then we are lying, because we cannot
be interacting with God while sin reigns over us. There is no darkness in
God -He has no relationship with it any more than light has with darkness.
John makes it very clear in the 15th chapter of the Gospel of John that we
are to dwell in Him as a branch in the vine. Paul describes the new birth
in terms of being "in Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

The first epistle of John uses a very simple and radical contrast to make
an absolute difference between those who know God, and those who do not
know Him. What could be more simple and clear than the differences between:
light and darkness, God and Satan, children of God and children of the
Devil, righteousness and sin, truth and lie. There certainly is no gray
area, and no place of transition or uncertainty. If you are in the light,
you are a child of God, and the fruits of righteousness are manifested -if
not, then you are a child of the Devil. Paul establishes the same contrast,
saying that we are righteous not unrighteous, light not darkness, of Christ
not Belial -the very temple of the Living God where He lives and dwells (2
Corinthians 6:14-18).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
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