Your Ministry—Live in the Light

Your utmost ministry is to live in the light.This is the Message which we have heard from the Lord Jesus and now deliver to you—God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness. If, while we are living in darkness, we profess to have fellowship with Him, we speak falsely and are not adhering to the truth. But if we live in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim to be already free from sin, we lead ourselves astray and the truth has no place in our hearts. If we confess our sins, He is so faithful and just that He forgives us our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:5-9

You are seen as heavenly lights in the world. “12 Therefore, my dearly-loved friends, as I have always found you obedient, labour earnestly with fear and trembling—not merely as though I were present with you, but much more now since I am absent from you—labour earnestly, I say, to make sure of your own salvation. 13 For it is God Himself whose power creates within you the desire to do His gracious will and also brings about the accomplishment of the desire.

14 Be ever on your guard against a grudging and contentious spirit, 15 so that you may always prove yourselves to be blameless and spotless—irreproachable children of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as heavenly lights in the world, 16 holding out to them a Message of Life. It will then be my glory on the day of Christ that I did not run my race in vain nor toil in vain”. Philippians 2:12-16

You are God’s people in Light.9 For this reason we also, from the day we first received these tidings, have never ceased to pray for you and to entreat that you may be filled with a clear knowledge of His will accompanied by thorough wisdom and discernment in spiritual things; 10 so that your lives may be worthy of the Lord and perfectly pleasing to Him, while you exhibit the results of right action of every sort and grow into a fuller knowledge of God. 11 Since His power is so glorious, may you be strengthened with strength of every kind, and be prepared for cheerfully enduring all things with patience and long-suffering; 12 and give thanks to the Father who has made us fit to receive our share of the inheritance of God’s people in Light. 13 It is God who has delivered us out of the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us into the Kingdom of His dearly-loved Son, 14 in whom we have our redemption—the forgiveness of our sins.” Colossians 1:9-14

You are called out of darkness into His marvelous light. “9 But you are a chosen race, a priesthood of kingly lineage, a holy nation, a people belonging specially to God, that you may make known the perfections of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God. Once you had not found mercy, but now you have. 11 Dear friends, I entreat you as pilgrims and foreigners not to indulge the cravings of your lower natures: for all such cravings wage war upon the soul. 12 Live honourable lives among the Gentiles, in order that, although they now speak against you as evil-doers, they may yet witness your good conduct, and may glorify God on the day of reward and retribution.” 1 Peter 2:9-12

What partnership has light with darkness? “14 Do not come into close association with unbelievers, like oxen yoked with asses. For what is there in common between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what partnership has light with darkness? 15 Where can harmony between Christ and Belial be found? Or what participation has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what compact has the Temple of God with idols? 16 And what compact has the Temple of God with idols? For *we* are the Temple of the ever-living God; as God has said, “I will dwell among them, and walk about among them; and will be their God, and it is they who shall be My people.” 17 Therefore, “`Come out from among them and separate yourselves,’ says the Lord, `and touch nothing impure; and I will receive you, and will be a Father to you, 18 and you shall be My sons and daughters,’ says the Lord the Ruler of all.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

The true light is beginning to shine.

1 Dear children, I write thus to you in order that you may not sin. If any one sins, we have an Advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He is an atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

3 And by this we may know that we know Him—if we obey His commands. 4 He who professes to know Him, and yet does not obey His commands, is a liar, and the truth has no place in his heart. 5 But whoever obeys His Message, in him love for God has in very deed reached perfection. By this we can know that we are in Him. 6 The man who professes to be continuing in Him is himself also bound to live as He lived.

7 My dearly-loved friends, it is no new command that I am now giving you, but an old command which you have had from the very beginning. By the old command I mean the teaching which you have already received. 8 And yet I *am* giving you a new command, for such it really is, so far as both He and you are concerned: because the darkness is now passing away and the light, the true light, is already beginning to shine. 9 Any one who professes to be in the light and yet hates his brother man is still in darkness. 10 He who loves his brother man continues in the light, and his life puts no stumbling-block in the way of others. 11 But he who hates his brother man is in darkness and is walking in darkness; and he does not know where he is going—because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

12 I am writing to you, dear children, because for His sake your sins are forgiven you. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has existed from the very beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the Evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has existed from the very beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong and God’s Message still has a place in your hearts, and you have overcome the Evil one.

15 Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If any one loves the world, there is no love in his heart for the Father. 16 For the things in the world—the cravings of the earthly nature, the cravings of the eyes, the show and pride of life—they all come, not from the Father, but from the world. 17 And the world, with its cravings, is passing away, but he who does God’s will continues for ever.

18 Dear children, the last hour has come; and as you once heard that there was to be an anti-Christ, so even now many anti-Christs have appeared. By this we may know that the last hour has come. 19 They have gone forth from our midst, but they did not really belong to us; for had they belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they left us that it might be manifest that professed believers do not all belong to us. 20 As for you, you have an anointing from the holy One and have perfect knowledge. 21 I have written to you, not because you are ignorant of the truth, but because you know it, and you know that nothing false comes from the truth. 22 Who is a liar compared with him who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He who disowns the Father and the Son is the anti-Christ. 23 No one who disowns the Son has the Father. He who acknowledges the Son has also the Father. 24 As for you, let the teaching which you have received from the very beginning continue in your hearts. If that teaching does continue in your hearts, you also will continue to be in union with the Son and with the Father.

25 And this is the promise which He Himself has given us—the Life of the Ages. <life eternal>

26 I have thus written to you concerning those who are leading you astray. 27 And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him remains within you, and there is no need for any one to teach you. But since His anointing gives you instruction in all things—and is true and is no falsehood—you are continuing in union with Him even as it has taught you to do.

28 And now, dear children, continue in union with Him; so that, if He re-appears, we may have perfect confidence, and may not shrink away in shame from His presence at His Coming. 29 Since you know that He is righteous, be assured also that the man who habitually acts righteously is a child of His.

All Scripture quoted above is from the Weymouth New Testament

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