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Radio transcript for the week of May 15, 2016

Harold Bigham preaches on "Walking in the Light" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Lesson Text:
1 John 1:7, "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."

The Christian life is a walk. It is a life. We can have fellowship with God by walking in the light.

  1. Light is Opposed to Darkness

    Usually we don't like darkness. That's why we have lights! Likewise, darkness in the Bible symbolizes sin.

    Darkness is often spoken of in the gospel of John; John 1:4-5, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men.And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

    John 3:19-21, "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."

    Peter wrote about darkness, 1 Peter 2:9, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."

    Paul wrote above those in darkness, Ephesians 5:8, "For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light."

  2. Christians are to be like Jesus

    Jesus is the Light - John 1:1-5, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

    As such, a Christian will follow the footsteps of Jesus.

    1 Peter 2:21-24, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."

    Christians are to be the light of the world.

    Ephesians 5:1-2, "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor."

    Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

  3. Walking in the Light

    The Christian's life is a continual life of walking in the light of God's Word. A Christian will keep their eyes on heaven as their goal, Hebrews 12:1-2, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

    A Christian benefits by a continual walking in God's Word resulting in fellowship with God and with the family of God. What a great spiritual blessing this is! We have God's approval and fellowship as we continue to obey His Word. The blood of Jesus continues to cleansed the Christian from sin. The Christian is not a perfect human being but is a faithful human being through Christ. God communicates to us through His Word and we can know exactly what He requires for us to do.

    Psalm 119:97, "O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day." This should be our attitude toward God's Word for us today.

Are you walking in God's Word today? Have you obeyed the Gospel of Christ? The Bible states that we can obey the gospel and be added to the Lord's body by the Lord himself. Hear the gospel (Romans 10:17) ; Have faith (Mark 16:16); Repent of your sins (Luke 13:3,5); Confess the dear name of Christ (Romans 10:9-10) and be baptized to wash away your sins (Acts 2:38). We then meet the grace of Almighty God (Ephesians 2:8). Be faithful even until you die for the Lord (Revelation 2:10) so that Heaven can be your eternal reward.

Thank you my friend for studying the Bible with us today and may God bless you as you continue to read and study the Bible.

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