Friday, July 05, 2002

Edifier du jour-1 John 1:5-2:2
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 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, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
I remember a quip about a football coach saying " I demand perfection from my players. I don't expect perfection, but I demand it." In a way, I think that's what God's shooting for here. God is demanding perfection, commanding us to walk in the Light. However, He can't expect perfection, since He knows that our sin nature will cause us to fall short to that perfection. He knows that fact all too well, as he sent a part of Himself to take upon Himself all of our sins. While we shouldn't fall into the antinomian trap of rejoicing in sin since it's forgiven anyway, we need to recognize that we have and will screw up on a daily basis and need to be forgiven for those sins. The trite but true bumper-stickery "We're not perfect, just forgiven" has few better parts of Scripture to call its home than this one.

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