Friday, March 13, 2015

Marks of “light” and “dark” sytles of life from 1 John.

Marks of “light” walker and “dark” walker lifestyles. 
Gleaned from a reading of 1 John. [1]

 Marks of Walking in the light

1.) A willingness to be open to God. God is the final authority not the self. 

2.) Seeking not to hide personal sin, weaknesses, and failures from others or from yourself. 
3.) An honest and ongoing acknowledgement and confession of personal sins. 
4.) Engaging in seeking to doing the truth (putting the truth into practice and avoiding sin.) 
5.) A real concern and love for other Christians leading to real open interaction (I Jn 2:8-11)

Marks of "Walking in darkness"

1.) Fake self - pretentiousness and a seeking to hide their sin from others or even from themselves.
2.) Secret rebellion - Unwilling to let God character and His word be their final authority.
3.) Complete self-deception - Claims to be without sin in spite of clear evidence to the contrary.
4.) Careless interaction – an indifference and lack of concern for other Christians. (I Jn 2:8-11) 

[1] Gleaned from authors personal reading of the text and from following journals & commentaries:  Colin G. Kruse, The Letters of John, Pillar New Testament Commentary; (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000)  pgs. 62-66; Robert W. Yarbrough, 1-3 John. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008)  pgs. 62-65. Randall K. J. Tan, “A Linguistic Overview of 1 John,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Vol. 10 No.3 (Fall 2006) , pgs. 70-74

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