1 John 4:8; Gospel of John 4:24);(51) for the signification of the symbolical expression “light,” compare especially James 1:13; James 1:17. 1 John 2:25). Behold, I shall come to you in a thick cloud. God not only has light (spiritual truth) but He has nothing else; no darkness at all. The expression here is designed to affirm that God is absolutely perfect; that there is nothing in him which is in any way imperfect, or which would dim or mar the pure splendor of his character, not even as much as the smallest spot would on the sun. Bibliography"Commentary on 1 John 1:5". BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. By "light." He has all knowledge, with no admixture of ignorance on any subject. [that was the true light. The expression here is designed to affirm that God is absolutely perfect; that there is nothing in him which is in any way imperfect, or which would dim or mar the pure splendor of his character, not even as much as the smallest spot would on the sun. 1 John 1:8, 1 John 2:4; 1 John 2:10; 1 John 2:27; 1 John 5:12. "Light" is a very penetrating, searching thing. 61. chap. The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. [25] A. Plummer, The Pulpit Commentary, Vol. 2.Negatively, In him is no darkness at all; that is, God is so pure, that not the least impuirty can cleave unto him; so holy, that no sin can be found in him, and consequently no darkness of sin or impunity can proceed from him. New American Biblethe light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 1865-1868. 5. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. And announce unto you—or, as it were, ‘re-message’ to you; the word being different from declare,—that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all: the positive and negative assertion of a truth, so characteristic of this Epistle, here begins; and the two clauses must be combined in one concept. The gospel of John was written to introduce the Lord Jesus Christ to fallen man, as the eternal Son. 2 . Romans 1:28 And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient. It is a message and not a discovery. Because salvation, a restoration of happiness may be expected from this God who desires all men to be happy. BibliographyPett, Peter. BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on 1 John 1:5". Such close correspondence between the ideas with which each writing opens cannot be accidental. The figurative use of σκοτία for moral darkness, i.e. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. Of the two sentences, “God is Spirit” ( John 4:24), and “God is Love” ( 1 John 4:8; 1 John 4:16),—the former denoting the Being of God physically, the latter ethically; the former describing the nature and substance, the latter the character of God,—the second only will have to be connected with the sentence, “God is Light,” and thus be further defined by a metaphorical expression. The peculiarity, the substance of all that he said, may be summed up in the declaration that God is light, and in the consequences which follow from this doctrine. [Griesb, Scholz, Lachm, Tischend, Wordsw.—M.] Beyond the measure that on earth is seen, In Him is no darkness at all ( καὶ σκοτία οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν αὐτῷ οὐδεμία ). He points out that the message of Jesus is that ‘God is light’, a light in which there is no darkness, a light of self-revelation (compare Psalms 27:1; Psalms 36:9; Isaiah 49:6), a light where there is no alienation for those who walk in the light, a light where there is no moral deviation, where all is true, and pure, and good. Ethics, of which the very first principle is that there is a God who intellectually, morally, and spiritually is light. That was a devilish sarcasm of the Manichees, that God (till he had created light) dwelt in darkness, as if God were not eternal light, and dwelt in light unapproachable, 1 Timothy 6:16. He said elsewhere that in the coming of Jesus, God’s light had come into the world (1 John 1:9; 1 John 3:19), for He had come from Him Who was light, revealing and shining out that light (Hebrews 1:2), but that because men were sinful they loved darkness rather than light and turned from His light and thus they turned from God. Do you wish "light" to come into your soul? "The Bible Study New Testament". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". This then is the message which we have heard of him - This is the substance of the announcement ( ἐπαγγελία epangelia) which we have received of him, or which he made to us. Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE), Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, The Official Catholic Scripture Study International Bible, Largeprint, Bonded Leather, Black - Imperfectly Imprinted Bibles, The Official Catholic Scripture Study International Bible, Largeprint, Bonded Leather, Black, The Catholic Family Bible, (RSV) Ivory Hardcover, RSV Didache Bible with Commentaries Based on the RC Cathechism Cathechism of the Catholic Church, RSV Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament 2nd Edition. 5. 3. Compare John 1:1-3. Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. John nowhere uses 'gospel;' but the witness or testimony, the word, the truth: here the message. ὅτι ὁ θεὸς φῶς ἐστί] φῶς is inappropriately translated by Luther: “a light;” the article weakens the thought; God is light, i.e. Thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness, neither shall evil dwell with thee: sinners shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. The Being of God is Light. It is thus impossible to walk within that sphere of light and not reveal love for the brethren (1 John 4:11; 1 John 4:21; 1 John 5:1). cit., p. 597. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". Not a light, nor the light, with reference to created beings, as the light of men, the light of the world, but simply and absolutely God is light, in His very nature. 1896. In all these momentous statements the predicate has no article, either definite or indefinite: πνεῦμα ὁ Θεός: ὁ Θεὸς φῶς ἐστίν: ὁ Θεὸς ἀγάπη ἐστίν. ].—ἀπαγγελία, which occurs no where in the New Testament, as Socinus and Episcopius read, is an arbitrary correction. What does it mean? How can we see a truth? We have come now to the first main division of the book. "I," Christ says—"I am the Light of the world." Now this is the message. As all material life and growth depends on light, so all spiritual life and growth depends on God.

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