|1:5||This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.|
|1:6||If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:|
|1:7||But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.|
|1:8||If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.|
|1:9||If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.|
|1:10||If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.|
Our children would face environments and events that we cannot imagine at all. And there is something that we must not lose hold of in our lifetime. This is, enjoying the joy of walking in the light like today's sermon title. The walk of faith begins with the fellowship of life with Christ Jesus and Church should be a place of the fellowship of life in Christ Jesus. The reason why church should exist is to have unbelievers enjoy such a fellowship of life. When we read 1 John, we see that these three words "Life, Light and Love" are emphasized. Life, light and love are the characteristics of God. The true walk of faith is all about realistically experiencing God's such characteristics and enjoying being with God. If you live such a walk of faith, you will enjoy your life in whatever circumstances and situations you are in. I bless all Yewon believers to enjoy a true joy, true gratitude, true happiness given by God and live a victorious life in the midst of difficult environments in the name of Christ Jesus.
1. God who is light
John talks about God’s characteristics in two ways. The first one is about God who is light and second one is 1John chapter 4 verse 8
2. Life of Walking in the Light
Apostle John clarifies that the characteristic of God is light and encourages us to walk in the light of God. In today’s passage, we can see that the first condition to walk in His light is to be purified from all of sins. God dislikes sin, on the contrary, people are easily deceived and commit sins. If you go over the book of 1 John carefully, you can realize the frequency of the word, ‘sin’. This means that you cannot have a true fellowship with God and cannot live the life of walking in His light without solving the problems of sin. You cannot feel a true joy of God if the sins are remained unsolved.. Apostle John is intensively telling us that the only way of resolving the problems of sin lies on the blood of Jesus Christ. Verse 7 reads, the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. It is important to focus on ‘from all sin’. There are two sins which people have had; the first one is an original sin and the other one is an actual sin. The original sin is the fundamental sin that people do not know the existence of but they have. The Bible emphasizes that the only solution lies in the blood of Jesus Christ in Hebrew chapter 9. Through the redemption of Jesus Christ, the assurance of Salvation is given. But surprisingly, many Christians are still deceived by the actual sin. Sometimes people do what God does not want on account of the old nature, which is before accepting the Lord in the circumstance of Genesis chapter 3.. But, there is a solution when you go through these phases. The problem of sin cannot be solved by men – that is exactly why God came down to the Earth in man’s image. Without this spiritual point of view men can never be free from this problem; do not let it fool you. I bless you in the name of our Lord that all Yewon believers enjoy the freedom based on the Word, that may you be the righteous Gospel influence by walking in the light.
Ephesians 5:8-10, Apostle Paul empathizes that we are children of light for us to have spiritual identity in pleasing God. When he says “try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord,” he means to clarify, or to confirm it by testing it. As for you, the children of light, why don’t you clarify what kind of changes you can make when you preach the Gospel in your field? With this 333 Movement I hope you truly enjoy walking in the light; this is what pleases God the most. I bless in the name of our Lord that all Yewon believers’ lives be conquers’ by spreading the true joy when you evangelize and walk in the light.