Good Biblical Words: Truth (John 1:5)

Mercy Not Sacrifice | 7/12/2018 | Staff
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This verse is one of the most important metaphors in the Bible for describing the nature of truth. Truth is like light. It does not coerce anyone to take its point of view; it simply exposes what is real. Jesus says in John 3:19: “Light has come into the world but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” Humans have an existential need for integrity. If we are not living honestly, then we will hide from the light, either by living a double life or insulating our souls behind a wall of cynicism.

1 John 1:5 says “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” This explains our spiritual predicament as people who do things we want to hide in the dark. It’s not that God wants to punish us for our mistakes. He’s just absolutely truthful. If we are not truthful, his presence will be torture no matter how loving he is. The reason we need God’s mercy is so that we can live in God’s truth. Without mercy, we will inevitably step back from the light and out of the communion that we were created to enjoy.

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The other thing about light is that it doesn’t belong to anybody; no one can control it. That’s where this metaphor has a profoundly evocative meaning. If you try to seize light, all you end up with is a fistful of darkness. We can point to light but we cannot wrap our fingers around it and have any light on the inside of them.

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