Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness
5 “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us”.
Christ Our Advocate
2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
This is a very interesting passage of scripture from 1 John 1and 1 John 2. It is a very relevant portion of scripture being we’ve just had Christmas where we celebrated the birth of the Christ child, Jesus Christ the light of the world as we are reminded by that great painting by William Holman Hunt who came to deliver us from the darkness of Sin. So the question we have to ask ourselves is what is Sin.
Sin in its purest form is an act of wrongdoing according to scripture laid down by God. However the dichotomy for Christians is that which we as Christians may consider sinful according to scripture but the law of the land may not consider illegal. Now this was the conflict that I faced everyday as a police officer as a Christian Police Officer and it comes down to authority. As a police officer my authority to enforce the law came from those who had enacted legislation sinful people because not one Member of Parliament can say that they are without sin. If any MP got up in the chamber and said they had never committed a wrong in their lives then I would call that person out to be a liar because we have all committed wrongs therefore we have all committed sin of one type or another. Some people find it easier than others to justify it but the truth is that there is no justification for sin no matter how small that sin maybe.
Today day I have committed a sin I have committed the sin of covetousness. I was looking at a shop window and something caught my eye I said to myself I must have that although I didn’t really need it I just wanted it so that somebody else wouldn’t have it, well my friends that is the sin of covetousness and it is a sin that we are all guilty of and it is a sin that we must guard ourselves against.
Finally I say to my Christian brothers and sisters do not use the crucifixion of Christ as an excuse to continue committing acts of wrongdoing do not use the crucifixion of Christ as a way of appeasing our own consciences when we know we are in the wrong. We say that the crucifixion of Christ was the once and for all propitiation for sin I have to say that I am beginning to question that in that when I commit a wrong towards my brother or sister am I not crucifying Christ a second time. Well I’ll leave that one for you
May God bless you all this day