No Darkness At All
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. There is a biblical contrast of light and darkness (Acts 26:18-20).
1. Sin defines whether one is of Satan or of God (I John 3:8-10).
2. Properly identifying oneself as a Christian means that person has departed from iniquity (II Timothy 2:19).
B. We don’t want to wrongly call darkness light (Isaiah 5:20).
1. We become an abomination to God in such cases (Proverbs 17:15).
2. Man [carnally minded] does NOT see “good” and “evil” like God does (Luke 16:15).
II. Body: I John 1:5-6
A. There is no darkness in God (Psalms 92:15).
1. God is perfect, without any sinfulness (Deuteronomy 32:4).
2. God expects us to be the same (Matthew 5:48; cf. I Peter 1:13-16).
3. For us to be without darkness, God has given us His word (Colossians 1:27-28) and brethren to help (Hebrews 3:12-14).
B. Saying we are with the Lord while walking in darkness makes us hypocritical liars (John 8:30-47).
1. Christians are people who have left darkness and come into the light (Colossians 1:12-14).
2. The expectation is then for us to act like we are in the light rather than in darkness (I Peter 2:9-12).
3. Being in Christ means we do not walk in darkness (John 8:12).
4. Casting off works of darkness (Romans 13:12-14).
C. Avoiding darkness involves our fellowship (II Corinthians 6:14-18).
1. Understanding that fellowship makes you a partaker in the deeds of others (II John 1:9-11; cf. I Timothy 5:22)
2. A whole group of people do not need to be practicing wrong for the whole group to be wrong (I Corinthians 5:1-8).
3. Even being in a congregation that has some holding to something false makes them all in error (Revelation 2:14-16).
4. True godly fellowship exists with faithful (Matthew 12:46-50) like-minded people (I Corinthians 1:10).
III. Conclusion: Ephesians 5:1-17
© 2015 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager