He is Faithful and Just

1 John 1:5-10  5And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way].  6[So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents].  7But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].  8If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts].  9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].  10If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a lia, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts].

Light and darkness cannot be in the same place. If you are in a dark room and you light a match, even the small flame produces light which dispels the darkness. We see in this passage that God is light and there is no darkness in Him. If we say we are Christians, that the Spirit of God dwells in us, we cannot live in sin. Does this mean that we are not going to make mistakes? No, of course not! Verse 8 shows us if we refuse to admit we are sinners we are deceived. In the Old Testament in Genesis 4:7 the Lord says to Cain And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it. In every situation we face, every day of our lives, we have the opportunity to either do what the Word says or not. 1 Peter 5:8 shows us 8Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. The enemy is constantly seeking for ways to get you and me to stumble, to sin. It’s important to know that we may not always be able to withstand the temptation. We know Jesus was the only one who never sinned, but here’s the good news for us-when we do fall the blood of Jesus will cleanse us from our sins. Verse 9 says He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

Does this give us license to do what we want since we know that He will forgive us? No! Romans 6:1-2 says 1WHAT SHALL we say [to all this]? Are we to remain in sin in order that God’s grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow? 2Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? If we live our lives as God instructed us in His Word, we will be less apt to step into sin. We just need to focus on becoming doers of the Word. Because as we strive to be like Jesus, we will find our actions line up to His Word more and more.


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