Rev. David Boisclair of Faith and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Pine Lawn, MO joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study I John 1:5-10.
John heard, saw, & touched the good news of Christ and now he proclaims it to others: God is light, His cleansing, and His forgiveness by His blood. He warns us to re-think how we speak about sin as our Old Adam can say, “I’m not that bad of a sinner” but if that was true, why did Jesus die on the cross? If we aren’t that bad, then we deny what God tells us about sin. As we confess our sins, our loving Father has given the final sacrifice of His Son that we have full forgiveness. Don’t make God a liar about sin, but walk in the Light and know that He is a forgiver! “In Him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike. The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus” (Lutheran Service Book 411, “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”).
Thy Strong Word reveals the light of our salvation in Christ through study of God’s Word, breaking our darkness with His redeeming light. Each weekday, two pastors fix our eyes on Jesus by considering Holy Scripture, verse by verse, in order to be strengthened in the Word and be equipped to faithfully serve in our daily vocations.
Thy Strong Word is hosted by Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.
I John 1:5-10
Walking in the Light
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. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
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