Hope’s note: If you have been led to this blog through the contact information on my Christmas tract, I urge you to please read the rest of this particular post. Although the tract touches on the subject of Jesus being the Light of the World, Pastor Bill’s article gives a much deeper understanding.
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.(I John 1:5)
The Apostle John’s ministry is one of restoration. The faith of the saints had been confused, distorted, tangled and blurred by the pseudo spirituality of those who claim a mystical, direct knowledge of God, which is above and beyond the experience of “normal” christians.
These “gnostics”, ie “knowing Ones“, undermined the simple faith of christians, causing them to doubt the integrity and depth of their own experience. Therefore John sets out to call us back to what we heard “at the beginning”, starting with our very concept of who the “only true God” actually is. God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all… .
The Gnostics who had distorted the faith,(and who always distort the faith), claimed a…
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