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To not walk in darkness. A series Part 5.

He who follows Me...Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." (John 8:12 NASB)
This verse is a strong testament to eternal salvation, but there is a warning, the word follow, which seems to mean, one that follows as a disciple, in my mind, demonstrates a commitment, and I can think of many that came to Jesus in tears and were baptized before many of us, and still live like the devil. 
The answer to that is, it is not for me to judge, but certainly could explain why they never seem to have any light.
As a disciple of Christ I do not make it my goal and purpose to walk in darkness. Now that might be debatable if I base my understanding upon what I feel like or see.
Darkness is the Greek word skotia. It is only used 15 times. 13 of those are interpreted as darkness. 2 are defined as dark. 
Strong's concordance explains that the word means: dimness, obscurity (li…

To not walk in darkness. A series. Part 4

A constant irritationOne of my life's irritants is the consistent preaching from the standpoint of guilt and shame. How about instead of focusing on things that tend to promote sinning, perhaps focusing on things like: 
1 John 3:4-6 NIV Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. (5) But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. (6) No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
Let's be honest; guilt producing expositions (and it does not just come from pulpits) are meant to control and manipulate people. Sure, there may be the motivation to encourage a moral life but the truth is the one speaking is usually the one who is most torn by what they are saying and they do not trust God's ability to do what he said, therefore they feel the need to control you. 
Do you not understand that the Holy Spirit of God lives in you. That happened on the day y…

To not walk in darkness. A series. Part 3

Archaic termsThen spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12 KJV)
The King James seems to be the most archaic in terms of colloquialisms, but is a great place to start if you are digging for life. If you use a modern version you can bypass some of the odd words like “followeth”. Let's try that and see if it helps.
Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life. (John 8:12 AMP)
But what are the implications when Jesus uses a word like follow and walking in the same sentence? (remember, I said there was life in the words, so that is what I am looking for).
The dictionary explains the word follow as: 1. To go after or behind; to walk, ride or move behind, but in the same direction. 2. To pursue; to chase; as an enemy, or as game. 3. To accompany; to a…

To not walk in darkness. A series. Part 2

This is another meeting.Many years ago I heard a preacher talking about admonishing someone who tried to tell him about their dreams of Jesus. The speaker was not interested with what the image in the dream looked like but what he said, for the words could be then be validated, or not, against the word of God. 
If what Jesus said is of the utmost importance, and it is, then let's look at that and compare a couple of translations because even under what seems like the worst of conditions there is life in those words.
John 8:12 ESV Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
I am the light of the world. What does that mean?
Clearly the impact is toward everyone, but does everyone enjoy that light? No; then why not?  For one, there has to be an acceptance. 
Jesus was not selective, he poured out his blood so that the entire earth could have the opportunity to enjoy a l…

To not walk in darkness. A series. Part 1

I attend a men's bible study and we have been going through the book of John. Currently we are in John chapter 8. It is all so rich and worthy of thought, we never do it justice. I suppose that is one of my motivations for placing these blogs up here. To give someone the chance to discover the depth of God's word.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12 KJV) What is the context?The last we saw Jesus he was sitting among a crowd, in the temple, teaching, when the Pharisees pushed a woman in front of him as they ranted about how she had committed adultery. One of the aspects of that story (it is reality, not fiction) is that the pharisees came ready to kill someone; that someone was Jesus, not the woman. Yes, that is an assumption but look at the story. 
There were no witnesses presented; there was no second party to the crime against the law,…

You may never look at movies the same.

That is what John Eldredge tells you as you read through his book, Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive. The Band of Brothers boot camp was filled with life stories told by men that had battled back, taken their place as the spiritual leader in their home, had their marriages mended, and their lives restored, because they acknowledged that there is an enemy who is relentlessly trying to kill or destroy you, and did something about it. The majority of these men called themselves “Christians” even as they walked about in disastrous situations, but I think even the casual observer would have a hard time distinguishing between the casual “christian” and the world. Many of us (I know of a few), much like those in AA, came to a point where we decided that what we were doing was not working, and that we had unsuccessfully tried to wrestle control away from God, deciding that we and the broken world around us knew better about how to handle the devastation around us. Most do not ev…

A challenge from a reader.

You said: “John, as you said, was a Jew and as a Jew he would never had said that Jesus was God, it is contrary to the Hebrew scriptures, the Torah and the Hebrew culture. Son of God does not have a divine connotation, in a Hebrew context, it means King of Israel, if you don’t believe me read Psalms 2 carefully. Jesus is the Son of God because He is the King of Israel, he was made King of Israel (Son of God) after his resurrection (Romans 1:4). Is Jesus the Son of God ? Absolutely! But not a divine being although he lives now forever (received immortality) to rule the House of David forever and ever as it was prophesied (Luke 1:32-33) On the other hand, I agree Islam is the Beast of the Book of Revelations. Just my opinion...”
Response: I put your statement in quotes, but I feel the need to give my readers some clarity. The way you opened your diatribe makes it appear that I am of the persuasion that John would never have declared that Jesus was God. Obviously, as I read your note, …