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Apostle John was inspired to write for our admonition.
is in the
first letter (epistle) of John:
Speaking of Christ, in his opening salutation, as "that which
was from the beginning ... which was with the Father, and was
manifested unto us; that which we have seen and heard declare
we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly
our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ"
John 1: 1-3).
The true Christian has been reconciled to God through
Christ. And, having God's Spirit, he enjoys actual
the Father and the Son Jesus Christ. And even his fellowship with
fellow-Christians is through God and Christ. He is joined to them,
as the different branches are joined to a grape vine and joined to–
gether through and by the vine. Compare Jesus' analogy in John
15:1-7. Christians, then, are actually
with Christ - and
two cannot walk together except they be in agreement (Amos 3:3).
Now continue in 1 John: "This then is the message which we
have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in
him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with
him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not [are not doing] the
truth" (verses 5-6). That is, He - the living Christ - is walking in
the light - as if on a brilliantly lighted path. But if we are walking
in darkness, we are walking on a different path altogether, where
it is dark. Therefore we are not walking
Him at all, and if we
say we are, we are lying.
But suppose, while walking with Him - in the light- one of
us stumbles and falls down. This is not a case of having turned
away from Him and the path He is treading, to a different and
darkened path.
we say, "Oh I'm sorry," would He not give usa
hand and help us get up and continue on the lighted path with
Him? Would He become angry and say, "Get off my path - go
walk down a darkened path"?
In still other words, the true Christian has turned from his
former life of habitual sin - and from his former attitude of self–
ishness, and self-seeking when he had no serious intention of
living God's way. But now he has turned from his former way.
His life, in general, now, is the habitual way of the Christian