Bible Note #10 — 1 John 1:5-10 — Light & Darkness, Truth & Deception


Light and Darkness over Cape Cod Bay; photo by GAC

1 John 1:5-10

“Light” and “darkness” are paralleled by “truth” and “lying or deception” in this passage.  The truth as a concept here is multi-layered  It is in some places the truth about God.  In other places it is truth about ourselves.

Ironically, we ourselves are often both the deceived and the deceiver at the same time.  In such situations, we position ourselves in the darkness where we will be at risk of still further self-deception and further loss of joy.  Self-deception is a self-perpetuating state of existence (2 Corinthians 4:4).  Escape comes from abandoning the “self” and utterly surrendering to God, who is in Christ the Light of life, the Light of the world (Isaiah 9:1 & 2; John 1:4, 5, & 9; John 3:19-21; John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:6).

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4 Responses to “Bible Note #10 — 1 John 1:5-10 — Light & Darkness, Truth & Deception”
  1. Heather says:

    Yes, Yes Yes – And then there was Light! If we walk with the Word, we are walking into the light, – in the Light. Remain in Him! The light of Christ (the church ) shines in the darkness – sets itself apart from the darkness to make a difference, to bring Light into the world. If we remain in sin, we stay in the darkness. We need to allow ourselves to be transformed and live into the Light and Hope of the Gospel ! \o/

    Thank you for the links to the other Scripture references.

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  2. Heather says:

    “Self-deception is a self-perpetuating state of existence” – Could it continue until the point where the strongholds of darkness lead to spiritual death?

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  3. Heather says:

    A song from White Heart just came to mind –

    Walking in the light
    Following the Master
    Walking in the light
    Let Him shine in your life
    For the light keeps burning bright
    It overcomes the night
    So hold on, keep on walking

    Well the world looks at you
    And wonders why you do the things you do
    They wanna confuse you
    But you know that you’re right, right on track
    You never need to stop and look back
    You gotta keep movin’, you just keep on

    Walking in the light
    Following the Master
    Walking in the light
    Let Him shine in your life
    For the light keeps burning bright
    It overcomes the night
    So hold on, keep on walking

    You gotta keep walking, don’t give in
    The devil’s fighting wars that he can’t win
    Don’t let him fool you
    ’cause the power of the Lord, is so great
    His love is so much stronger than hate
    It’s a love that won’t leave you, you just keep on

    Walking in the light
    Following the Master
    Walking in the light
    Let Him shine in your life
    For the light keeps burning bright
    It overcomes the night
    So hold on, keep on walking

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  4. Heather says:

    I’m ready to walk as a child in the light
    I’m ready to walk on a straight and narrow path
    I’m ready to walk as a child in the light
    Walkin’ in the light of the Lamb

    Oh when you’re walkin’ the path of righteousness
    Let Him lead the way
    Cuz He will guide you and He will love you
    And never let you go astray

    And when you can’t see where you’re goin’
    And only darkness can be found
    Just look toward Him, He’ll shine his light for you
    And He will turn your life around

    I’m ready to trust with the faith of a child
    I’m ready to trust and He’ll take me by the hand
    I’m ready to trust with the faith of a child
    Trusting and obeying His commands

    And if you’re lookin’ for salvation
    The Lord has paved a way
    The Lamb has freed you, now let Him lead you
    And He’ll show you a brighter day

    And when you’re laying your life before Him
    And sharing the light He gives
    Our world is brighter, our love is stronger
    And we know that Our Savior lives

    I’m ready to walk as a child in the light
    I’m ready to walk on a straight and narrow path
    I’m ready to walk as a child in the light
    Walkin’ in the light of the Lamb

    HST 2008

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