It is a passage that spells out in clear terms what it means to truly be a Christian Written by the same author who wrote John’s Gospel In his first letter, John wrote this in chapter 2:19 “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:3-6, NIV)
The presents no optional position for Christians To be a true Christian we MUST walk (live) as Jesus did.
True Christianity is a lifestyle – a way of living every day in all circumstances of life Being a Christian is a matter of BEING Christ in the world today – i.e. His reflections
Today we want to explore that ‘being light’ in Christ is about. What should we look like as a Christian in this world?
- JESUS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
- REFLECTING JESUS’ LIGHT
- BEING A FAIR DINKUM REFLECTION OF CHRIST
Readings reproduced on this page:
The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1996, 1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan
John 1:1–9 (NIV84)
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2He was with God in the beginning.
3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
John 8:12 (NIV84)
12When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
1 John 2:1–11 (NIV84)
1My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
3We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.
4The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:
6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
7Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.
8Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
9Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.
10Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.
11But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.