Central Baptist Church
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Morning Worship Sermon

 
FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
I John 1:5-7
 
I John 1:5-7 - “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. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
 
Two relationships with God are considered in I John :
 
1. The Relationship of Sonship
 
John 1:12 - “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: ”
 
John frequently talks about being sons of God and children of God, being born of God This is the relationship that comes from the new birth experience.
 
This relationship can never be broken!
 
2. The Second Relationship is a Matter of Fellowship
 
All Christians have sonship - they are in the family of God.
All Christians can have fellowship with and be in favor of God.
Can you imagine all the ramifications of a human being having fellowship with God?
That God would invite us to have fellowship with Him, to walk with Him, and get acquainted with Him.
 
I. THE BASIS OF THIS FELLOWSHIP
 
I John 1:5 - “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're going to have fellowship with God, we must understand the basics of that fellowship and the terms of that fellowship -
The basic premise is this - “God is Light!” This is what our fellowship is based on.
 
Let's look at this in a positive and a negative way.
 
1. Positively
 
John does not say :
God has a light God is a light-
No! God in
His very nature is light!
 
Psalm 27:1 - “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”
 
When John says that God is light, he has several truths in mind :
 
A. He is speaking physically of the glory of God.
 
Every time God comes on the scene there is light :
 
Genesis 1:1-5 - “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
 
Tabernacle - In the total darkness of the Tabernacle, God came down in the Shekinah cloud of light and luminated the Tabernacle as the Priest ministered.
 
Physical light represents the glory of God.
 
B. Intellectually light represents the knowledge of God.
 
God is omniscient : He knows everything, we can't teach Him anything, and there's nothing He can learn. 
God knows us, He knows where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.
 
Physical light represents the glory of God Intellectual light represents the knowledge of God
 
C.  Morally, to say that God is light represents the Holiness of God.
 
John is saying here that God is absolutely holy! Holy has a fourfold meaning set apart, perfect transcendent, spiritually pure, thus evoking adoration and reverence veneration awe power.
 
Physical light represents the glory of God Intellectual light represents the knowledge of God Moral light represents the holiness of God.
 
2. Negatively
 
I John 1:5 - “in Him is no darkness at all.”
 
In the original language John uses a double negative: “There is not no darkness in God”.
 
Now that's bad English, but it's good theology. John wants us to know that there is no imperfection, spot, blemish, or  shadow on or in God!
 
As we come to worship God, we must approach Him in an attitude of reverence and respect.  We also ought to come with the attitude of expectancy and response in our heart.
 
God is holy and He will not and can not tolerate sin.
 
Habakkuk 1:13 - “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: ”
 
It is necessary and essential to have fellowship with God.
 
II. BREAKING THE FELLOWSHIP
 
I John 1:6 - “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:”
 
Let's look at three things here :
 
1. Our Profession
 
I John 5:6 - "If we say that we have fellowship with Him...”
 
This is a tremendous claim!
 
“I'm walking with God!”  “I have fellowship with God”.
 
Are you in fellowship with God?
 
The Bible says many things about darkness :
 
1. This world is in darkness
 
Colossians 1:13 - “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:”
 
When you say you are in fellowship with God, you are saying, “I have stepped out of darkness and into the light.”
 
You are saying “I am walking in the Light”.
 
Ephesians 5:8 - “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:”
 
2. Our practice
 
I John 5:6 - “If we say we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness...”
 
We need to understand that there is a big difference between profession and practice - It's one thing to claim something but quite another for it to be true.
 
Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a Christian.
Professing Christ as your Savior does not mean that you possess Jesus in your heart.
Many people profess more than they practice.
Many are long on lip, but short on practice.
Many can quote the Bible by the yard, yet they live it by the inch.
 
What does it mean to walk in darkness : walk in sin walk in disobedience practice things contrary to holiness.
 
Folks, light and darkness cannot exist together!
 
Amos 3:3 - “Can two walk together except they be agreed?”
 
There are many today whose practice does not measure up to their profession.
3. Prevarication
I John 5:6 - “we lie, and do not the truth.”
 
John says that if we profess one thing and practice another, we lie.
John wouldn't be popular today, for you see, he told it like it was!
He says that if you say one thing and practice another your : a liar not doing the truth walking a lie acting a lie
 
Folks, it's a terrible thing for a Christian to be living a lie. Pretending to be one thing and practicing another.
 
Several thing happens when you do :
 
1. You misrepresent your Lord
 
Jesus was no phony!
 
I don't like a phony. I don't like for people to pretend to be something they're not.
Jesus walked His talk, and for you not to walk your talk is to misrepresent our Lord.
 
2. Living a lie misdirects the lost
 
They look and they say, “If that's Christianity, I don't want any part of it!”
We've looked at the Basis of the Fellowship and Breaking of the Fellowship - Now let's look at :
 
III. THE BLESSING OF THE FELLOWSHIP
 
1. Walking with God
 
I John 5:7 - “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
 
Look at the blessing of communion with God
 
I talk to God and He talks to me.
I share with God and He shares with me.
 
This is the greatest thing that can ever happen to anyone, to have communion with God!
 
2. We are washed in the Blood
 
Daily being washed in the Blood of Jesus Christ.
The blood is peace-giving Blood!
 
Colossians 1:20 - “Having made peace through the Blood of His Cross.....”
 
The Blood is also purging Blood!
Hebrews 9:14 - “How much more shall the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your consciece from dead works to serve the living God?”
 
The Blood is prevailing Blood
 
Revelation 12:11 - “They overcame by the Blood of the Lamb.”
 
As I go to Millard to minister I am confronted with just about every kind of person you can think of.  Is there any hope for a man who:
 
Killed another man
“The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin!”
 
Dealt drugs
“The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sins!”
 
Committed armed robbery
“The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sins!”
 
Beat his wife
“The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sins!”
 
Every week I stand in this Pulpit I am confronted with people who are just as guilty in the eyes of God as the murderer, the robber, and the doper.
 
Is there any hope for a person who :
Puts off coming to Christ - “The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sins!”
 
Hardens his heart toward God - “The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sins!”
 
Lives in open rebellion and defiance to the ways of God - “The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all
sins!”
 
Have you been washed in the Blood?
Has the Blood of Jesus Christ been applied to your heart?
Jesus wants to cleanse you from all you sin!