July 29, 2022 – Friday
1 John 1:5-7 NIV
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.
On Monday we will return to grace but wanted to end the month with something a bit different. Turns out it too is about though you will not find the word grace in the verses above.
Beginning at the end where we read, the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. This is God’s grace through His Son Jesus to us. Literally the blood of Jesus, via His sacrifice on the cross, is what is offered to purify us from all or every sin.
As there is no darkness in God as He is light, the same is true of His Son Jesus. We cannot walk in sin, live a life of sin, and claim to have fellowship with God. Now you might wonder how we go about walking in the light and be in fellowship with other believers? The key is the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
But how does this happen? Let’s look at verses 8-9, 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. Did you catch that? We can’t even get away with lying and deceiving ourselves and claiming to be without sin, without the need for forgiveness. However (!), if (!) we will confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. We can have salvation if we will but admit we are sinners confessing our sins, believe Jesus died for our sins on the cross and rose from the dead on the third day, and now call upon Him as our Lord and Savior. Yes we can have salvation.
Bottom Line: Salvation is available if we will but admit we are sinners and confess our sins. Jesus died to pay the price for our sins, to grant us grace if we will only accept it.
Prayer: Almighty God, You are wonderfully merciful to us and we are thankful. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton