“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to meet people with a variety of different conditions we would call handicaps. Several have been deaf, a few have been blind, others have been paralyzed and in wheel chairs. One thing I’ve learned is that if you don’t also have the condition the other person has you really have no idea what life is like for them.
You can try to imagine what life’s like but even with that you really only touch on the bigger, the more obvious things, people with those conditions deal with all the time. In addition to those things there are a myriad of other things, some big, some not so big, that shape, flavor and color, everything, all because they’re blind, or deaf, or paralyzed. We can try to understand what it’s like to be them but we never really can.
In the same way, while God invites us to have a relationship with him, and he wants us to know him, we can never really understand what it’s like to be God. The best we can do is tune into the more obvious of his characteristics and try to imagine what it’s like to be like that. The greatest adventure we’ll have for all eternity is the opportunity to forever grow in our understanding of our amazing God.
In 1John 1:1-4, the apostle has led us to the point where he’s invited us into a relationship with the Father and the Son. As we proceed with the rest of John’s letter we move ahead following the assumption that the reader has said, “yes,” to the invitation. John now takes up the task of teaching us what we need to know, and what life will be like, now that we’re living in a relationship with God. And there’s no better guide than John. He walked and talked, face to face, with Jesus and he’s lived another sixty plus years serving, worshipping and living a life connected to with Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
The first thing John teaches us about understanding God is, “God is light and in Him there is not darkness at all.”
As we move into the verses that follow our focus text it becomes clear that the darkness, John is referring to, isn’t the same as sin. It’s hard to precisely define exactly what John’s referring to but it seems that the darkness is referring to conditions that exist when sin is present in the life.
Our lives are profoundly affected by sin, and darkness, but God is so perfectly holy that he’s not only is totally without sin he’s also without any of the conditions associated with sin.
What does that mean for us? It means that now that we have a relationship with God our lives are going to completely, and totally change. Bit by bit, piece by piece, each part of our lives is going to be taken apart, repaired, polished, and realigned so that we will be in harmony with the God of light.
Now that you’re with God everything is going to change to match the new reality that you’re with God.