Because the Darkness is Dying (Grace Restores Nature #3)

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The darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. This truth can compel us to change the world, and it can comfort our hearts when we're swallowed by despair. This truth fuses our spiritual lives with our everyday lives, our inner worlds with the world around us, and it reminds us of our place in God's grand plan to redeem the world. Praise God with everything you've got—the darkness is dying!

This week's texts came from 1 John, including 2:8b:

The darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 

And 1:5-7:

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 cleanses us from all sin.

And 2:7-17:

7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 
12 I am writing to you, little children, 
      because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. 
13 I am writing to you, fathers, 
      because you know him who is from the beginning. 
I am writing to you, young men, 
      because you have overcome the evil one. 
I write to you, children, 
      because you know the Father. 
14 I write to you, fathers, 
      because you know him who is from the beginning. 
I write to you, young men, 
      because you are strong, 
      and the word of God abides in you, 
      and you have overcome the evil one. 
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 

And, finally, 2:28-3:2:

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. 
3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

The darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. This truth can compel us to change the world, and it can comfort our hearts when we're swallowed by despair. This truth fuses our spiritual lives with our everyday lives, our inner worlds with the world around us, and it reminds us of our place in God's grand plan to redeem the world. Praise God with everything you've got—the darkness is dying!

This week's texts came from 1 John, including 2:8b:

The darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 

And 1:5-7:

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 cleanses us from all sin.

And 2:7-17:

7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 
12 I am writing to you, little children, 
      because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. 
13 I am writing to you, fathers, 
      because you know him who is from the beginning. 
I am writing to you, young men, 
      because you have overcome the evil one. 
I write to you, children, 
      because you know the Father. 
14 I write to you, fathers, 
      because you know him who is from the beginning. 
I write to you, young men, 
      because you are strong, 
      and the word of God abides in you, 
      and you have overcome the evil one. 
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 

And, finally, 2:28-3:2:

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. 
3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.