1 JOHN 1:5

 

 
 
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No Darkness At All

The first picture of God that John wants to put before us is this picture of God as light. “God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” It means that if you draw near to God, you do not find a dark and foreboding truth. You find freedom and hope and joy. In God the stumbling logs and rattlesnakes and cliffs and low-hanging branches are all exposed and we are made safe from them.

Our goal of ultimate and eternal joy is secured in God because there is no darkness in God. That is, there are no lurking shadows in God.

There is no hidden agenda, no small print. He is light, and in him is no darkness at all. There are absolutely no regrets for those who come to God with all their hearts. He is all light. He is the pathway to perfect and eternal joy with no disappointments. In the the light of God you will not be destroyed by the rattlesnake of sin; you will not fall over the cliff into hell.

Light is the promise of hope and joy. Darkness is the threat of despair and misery. And God is light and in him is no darkness at all. This is the message that John heard from Jesus. Jesus came into the world to reveal it. It’s the foundational message of the book of 1 John.

- John Piper


God is light

Tim Conway