Walking in the Light=Walking with GodBro. David Chancellor
11/19/2000 11:00 AM
We don't want to just be delivered from the consequence of sin, but from the power of it. We want to be able to walk with god, to walk "in the light." God helps us to know and understand some things. "To walk in the light," is to walk in the very presence of God. It's a spiritual life, not adherence to a law. Life and light are tied together. A person who thinks they know what the light is, but doesn't have the life, doesn't have the light. Without life in the soul, you have no light. It's a spiritual life to walk in the light. Walking in the light is having the brightness of the Spirit of God present with us. A halo signifies the spirit that is there. God's spirit must be with us and radiate from us.
1 John 1:5-7
John was declaring to others what he heard from Christ. Walk in the light = Walk in God. He will be with you to guide, to direct, to order your life. Walking in the light is more than adherence to doctrines and traditions. If we don't have fellowship with Christ, we better not say we have light. If we do have fellowship with God, we will have light and fellowship with the saints. God is what we need. Our study is so that we can know God and to walk with him.
The prophets that had left off what God had to say would be left in a darkened condition. This was because God wasn't with them. When we encounter life's problems and difficulties, we want to be able to have the "revelator" within to help us to discern and understand how our life should be and should go. The spirit of God can be given to us instantaneously. Micah was able to speak out to the people because he had something the others didn't: The spirit of God.
Galatians 5:25, 16
Live in the Spirit. We need the life that he brings. Walk in the Spirit. This is having God's spirit within. There are some things that won't be a part in our life. We will have the fruits of the Spirit in our life. We'll walk in these things. These are the things that should be there for others to see and to take in. If someone is producing the works of the flesh, they aren't walking in the Spirit. The Spirit of God won't cause that to be present in your life. God's Spirit will take care of a lot of things even if you don't understand the why's and wherefore's.
Many look to baptism as their experience of salvation. Baptism doesn't save you, but is a testimony of what has already been done. Christ was raised by the very power of God in him. Jesus laid down his life - no one took his life. He could have come down from the cross. As he laid down his life, he also took it back up. There is no person who can lay down their life or take it back up. By the presence of God, we take up a spiritual life. Without the presence of God there is no life. Some people turn over a new leaf only to find it is another page in the same book. With God, however, there is a change, a newness of life. Newness of life means God is living on the inside. If all we have is doctrine and teaching... we need the Spirit of God.
At one point in your life, you were in darkness, but now you have a light in your life, in the Lord. Our claim to light is wrapped up in the Lord. If the Lord leaves, the light is gone. The question isn't "apostolic succession", but "do you know God? If you don't have God, it doesn't matter what else you have and teach - it's darkness. We need to prove by our life what is acceptable to God. God won't stay if it is unacceptable. How do we prove this...? "in all goodness and righteousness and truth..." Our primary concern should be that nothing in our life should grieve God's Spirit. God's Spirit will stir us in the way that is right. It is the presence of God that makes the difference. We need to work to keep the Spirit of God - to keep the relationship open, current and acceptable. If we walk in the light, we will have fellowship one with another. Each one put all in it that's needed to have God's Spirit dwelling within, and it will bring us together.