The Power Over Darkness

Isaiah 64:8,9; The potter’s hands. Jeremiah is sent to the potter's house a few generations later in Jeremiah 18. Unfortunately he has a tragic message to deliver, that God is fashioning his people for calamity.

In Jeremiah 28, he delivers a message to the people not to rebel against Nebuchadnezzar, which the people disregard. Enter Hananiah the prophet. He breaks the yoke around Jeremiah’s neck in an impressive display. Hananiah dies a few months later, which Jeremiah had prophesied. His message to the people was unpopular but proved to be from God. There is one book in the New Testament that is particularly helpful to us to draw the conclusions that God wants us to draw concerning darkness vs. light. That would be 1 John. John speaks to us about the power of God over darkness. We are engaged in spiritual warfare. This is an intense battle for the welfare of our souls. We have a very real adversary who is intent on our ruin. 1 John is about the tests of life, there are three of them that occur over and over in the book: 1. Convictions - the things that you believe about Jesus 2. Purity - moral choices, the nature of your life as a Christian 3. Relationships - the social test, whether or not you are truly expressing love for others, especially your brethren. And John says in 5:13 that he has written these things so that we could know we have eternal life. The purity test appears in 2:3-6. The test is based upon keeping His commandments. It’s not about perfection, it’s about the intent of your heart, it’s about the direction you are walking, your behavior. The convictions test appears in 2:19-24. The relationships test appears in 3:1-15. John says if you say you’re in the light and hate your brother, the love of the Lord is not in you. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer. All three tests are combined in 4:19-5:4. Observation: truth offends. Some will not like when we speak this way. John calls them who will not accept his message the anti-Christ. They did not like that. When truth contradicts our thoughts and behavior, it hurts. He talks more about this in 2 John 7-11. The truth only offends those who live outside of it. Conclusions: 1. Love is not what so many think it is. (3:6). No one who sins abides in Him. People don’t like to hear that. They want to believe what they want to believe. Today people want to approve of homosexuality and transgender as acceptable lifestyles. Do I really love you if I let you believe what is false because I don’t want to offend you? The world’s message about love is foreign to the Biblical message of what love is. 2. Truth is paramount, peace and unity are a secondary goal. (4:4-6) How wonderful is it when brethren dwell together in peace and unity? But it cannot come by compromising truth. 3. Covenant people can veer toward a destructive course. (5:16-21). He concludes this letter by telling them to keep themselves from idols, anything that would keep them from God. How can we find power over darkness? We pursue the light. If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7.

He is the potter, we are the clay.

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