“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”             1 John 1:5 NIV


John is not sharing with us his speculations on what God may be like. He doesn’t throw out an idea and suggest that his readers discuss what they think about it. Rather, John says, “We heard this straight from Jesus and we announce it to you.” It wasn’t a discussion point; it was an authoritative pronouncement from Jesus through the apostles to the readers. To have fellowship with God, we must start with His authoritative revelation in His Word. John does not begin with his readers’ needs. He doesn’t discuss why they may be hurting, neither does he state how this message will help them have a happy family life or a successful personal life. Rather, John begins with God and he brings us face to face, not with God’s love, but with His holiness. Following on after verse 3, about having fellowship with God, you would expect John to say, “To have fellowship with God, you need to know that He loves you very much.” But, rather, he bluntly says, “God is light.” Then, so that we don’t dodge the uncomfortable implications of that, he states, “and in Him there is no darkness at all.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones makes this point (Fellowship With God [Crossway Books], p. 100), that we must always start with God. He argues that our main problem is our self-centredness. We come to the Christian faith looking to have our needs met. I’m not happy; can God make me happy? I’m looking for something that I don’t have; can God give it to me? How can Christianity help me with my problems and needs?



Lord, I surrender my self-centredness to You.



Lord, we confess to You our self-centeredness, and our coming to You to have our needs met, rather than coming to You in adoration and worship for who You are. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

John 21:15-19



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