Dressing in the Dark – First John


Dressing in the Dark

I needed to leave the house early, so the night before I laid out my clothes for the morning and went to bed. In the morning, I dressed in the dark to not wake my wife. Everything was going great. I knew where my clothes were and put them on without any trouble and left the house.

I picked up a friend and then drove into the big city for a breakfast meeting. After being in the busy restaurant a while, the woman I was next to leaned over and whispered in my ear: “Do you know that your shirt is on backward?

In the dark, we think we have it all figured out, that everything is fine, but the more light we stand in, the better we see reality.

Jesus is the Light. The closer we are to Him the more we see ourselves as we really are; the more we see our failings and sins. Some people think that when they become a Christian, daily sin either disappears or becomes less. Only someone dressing himself in the dark would ever imagine himself to be without sin. The more light we have, the more we know we need a Saviour.

If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son keeps on cleansing us from all sin (First John 1:7).

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2 thoughts on “Dressing in the Dark – First John

  1. Great meditation and lesson from your personal experience Brother Richard. .

    Here is a thought from A.W. Pink along these lines . . . .

    “Natural light was the first thing produced in the making of the world, and spiritual light is the first thing given at the new creation: “But God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). This Divine light shining into the mind, occasions new apprehensions of what is presented before it. Hitherto the favored subject of it had heard much about Christ: “by the hearing of the ear,” but now his eye sees Him (Job 42:5): he clearly apprehends a transcendent excellence in Him, an extreme necessity of Him, a complete sufficiency in Him.

    “In Thy light shall we see light” (Ps. 36:9). This is of what spiritual illumination consists. It is not a mere informing of the mind, or communication of intellectual knowledge, but an experimental and efficacious consciousness of the reality and nature of Divine and spiritual things. It is capacitating the mind to see sin in its real hideousness and heinousness, and to perceive “the beauty of holiness” (Ps. 96:9) so as to fall heartily in love with it. It is a spiritual light super-added to all the innate conceptions of the human mind, which is so pure and elevated that it is entirely beyond the power of the natural man to reach unto. It is something which the natural heart cannot even conceive of, but the knowledge of which is communicated by the Spirit’s enlightenment (1 Cor. 2:9, 10).

    A dead man can neither see nor hear: true alike naturally and spiritually. There must be life before there can be perception: the Spirit must quicken the soul before it is capable of discerning and being affected by Divine things in a spiritual way. We say “in a spiritual way,” because even a blind man may obtain an accurate idea of objects which his eye has never beheld; even so the unregenerate may acquire a natural knowledge of Divine things.

    But there is a far greater difference between an unregenerate man’s knowledge of Divine things—no matter how orthodox and Scriptural be his views—and the knowledge possessed by the regenerate, than there is between a blind man’s conception of a gorgeous sunset and what it would appear to him were sight communicated and he were permitted to gaze upon one for himself. It is not merely that the once-blind man would have a more correct conception of the Creator’s handiwork, but the effect produced upon him would be such as words could not describe.”

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