I John 1:5
As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have received a message from Him for you. Allow me to say that He gave His words to the apostles and many others. He revealed to the apostles the character of the Father. He disclosed truth concerning our redemption. He speaks to us through the sacred Scripture. It is our duty to herald Christ to you. I am not here to preach theories to you, but the truth of God’s word – not ecclesiastical and theological-isms. John declared “…that God is Light, and in him is no darkness at all” (v.5).
Light is God’s apparel, “…Thou coverest thyself with light as with a garment. Light abides with Him, “…The light dwelleth with him.” God abides in it. “…dwelling in light unapproachable.” He has called you and I to walk in that light. “…Who hath called you out of darkness into the marvelous Light” (I Peter 2:9).
God is the only Omniscient one. No
intellectual ignorance can darken His all-embracing examination of actual and possible fact. Unto God all hearts are open, all desires known, and from Him no secrets are hid. David said “…Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine uprising…Thou hast searched me and known me”( Psa.139).
God knows the number of the stars, he knows the secrets of your heart, he knows all things, he knows all your works, every sparrow is known unto him, yes God knows you always and thoroughly. Let us endeavor to personally realize these great and sober truths.
God is the power that enlighten us. He created the light of the material universe. “Let there be light.”) He is the Fountain of all intellectual and moral light. We all receive our talents and gifts from the Lord, be it the scientist, physician, poet, artist are the preacher. It is the Lord who communicates religious truth to you. (John 1: 9) declares “Light every man”.
God is life giving and there is no life out side of him. Physical Light appears to be the producing, forming, quickening principle of all organization, in its essence, self-communicative, and stimulating principle of all physical organic functions of life. God created the universe and sustains it. The forces of nature are the power and beautiful might of God. Evolution is just the mode of Divine operation. We must never forget that the life and strength of our souls, he inspires and renews. Col.2:13 declares, “You being dead in your sins hath he quickened.” The true Christian is born of the Spirit, (John 3: 8).
Isa. 29 informs us, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” It is our Lord who imparts and renews our strength.
There is a message for you. To those of you who are careless, thoughtless, and unconcerned about you soul, you have not known God as the Father, Christ as a Saviour, are the Holy Ghost as the baptizer. I have a message from God to you. “Awake, thou that sleepiest, arise from the dead.”
To all who are living in known sin. I have a message to you from God. Repent of your sins. If there is a person hear who is sorry and ashamed to have lived so long without God? I have a message to you from God.
“Be of good cheer.” They that seek shall find him. Is there one here that has fallen away and gone backward. I have a message to you from God. “Return unto Me, and I will return unto you saith the Lord of host” (Mal .3:7).
God will forgive us in spite of our sin and guilt
We have no claim upon God. Matthew 19:17 says “…There is none good but one, that is, God.” These people mentioned in Matthew had no record of faithful service to offer to the Lord. There was no array of good deeds to go before them to plead for acceptance and approval. It is all the other way. These people’s iniquities testified against them. “Nathan said unto David, Thou art the man” (II.Sam. 12:7).
Confessions and professions that were made by distressful men in their suffering had no value as genuine utterances of the heart. Jeremiah said “…The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it? (Jer.17:9). The cry of the people showed the severity with which they were smitten; it did not of necessity show the state of their hearts.
“I the Lord search the heart,” (Jer.17:10). All they said was true, their iniquities did testify against them, they were apostates, and they had sinned against Jehovah. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Was it not the parched tongue and not the broken heart that made them speak? These people wanted water, and there was no way of getting it apart from the mercy of an Almighty God.
We can only plead for God’s mercy after a frank admission of our own guilt. Personal guilt must be admitted. “I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood” (Mt.27:4). The common habit of people is to take the opposite course. We excuse ourselves, justify our faults, or ignore, or even deny them. ‘The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat” (Gen.3:12).
All these thing shuts the door against forgiveness. God can only forgive sin that is confessed, and He can only have mercy on the humble and penitent. It requires a genuine penitence to admit that we have been going the worse way. Sin is seen to be an offense against God. “We have sinned against thee.”
It is not a mere fault in ourselves, it is a direct act of warfare with heaven. David said “Lord, be merciful unto me, heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.”(Ps.41:4) and so said the prodigal son in (Lk.15:21) Sin is recognized as abundant. They said “Our backsliding are many”. No doubt it is vain to confess some sins while denying others. Keeping back part of the confession mars the whole of it. They said “…our sins testify” against us.
Our own guilt, when frankly admitted, is no hindrance to the mercy of God. God will forgive for the sake of his character. The only hindrance to repentance is not repenting, which is an unforgivable sin. The ground of God’s mercy is not our due, but His goodness. If there is anything in us which would impress Him to be gracious, this is not our worth, but our need. The more wretched the condition to which our sin has brought us, the more urgent the call to His pity. Our plea must be “…for his name’s sake”.
His Name expresses what He is, His highest name is Love. Because of what He is, because of His essential goodness, love, and pity, we implore His help. God has promised to have mercy on the penitent, thus He has pledged His Name, binding Himself by His own certain faithfulness. God’s highest glory is good. When God delivers His children, His Name is glorified. Redemption honors God more than creation.