As we walked through some of the main points in 1 John on Sunday, we paused to dwell on this verse found in 1 John 1:5, “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” (NIV)
John is sharing what he heard directly from Jesus. It’s the words of the Word that John is passing on to us. It’s the message of Jesus and the Son wants us to know that the Father is light. He’s not saying the Father has the light or it’s with Him but that He Himself is the Light. To further clarify his point, John makes it clear that there is not even a hint of darkness in the Father. Who God is, is who God is. Period. There’s no deception, there’s no shadow or turning with Him (James 1: 17), there’s no darkness in Him at all, as the NIV, ESV, NLT all state. The CSB says, “there is absolutely no darkness in Him.”
So, then, we can trust Him! He’s not going to play games, trick us, or deceive us. He isn’t tempted by evil and tempts no one with evil (James 1:13). In other words, He’s a Good God. Everything about Him is good and all His ways are good. The problem is that we live in a fallen world where sometimes our vision of His Goodness can be blocked by our circumstances (either internal or external), and so we can sometimes wonder, doubt, or even despair. Thankfully, even in these hard times, He is with us in the valley of the shadow of death and those shadows can be very dark! And, the darkness that covers us or that we seek to hide behind, even that, David says, is like light to Him. “Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day for darkness is as light with you.” Ps. 139:12 (ESV) And what our lives? We are called to walk in the light as He is in the light, so we can have fellowship with one another and Jesus’ blood will cleanse us (1 John 1:7). It’s no wonder then, that Jesus, the Truth Incarnate, tells us this about His Father. Let’s make sure we’re listening!
Let’s walk in the Light!