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Rev. Thomas E. Walker

December, 21 2003

“Jesus The Light of the World”

John 3:17-21

These passages describe God’s nature and the relation that man has to God. “God is light” is depicting the essence of His character in holiness and purity (v. 5). To understand this concept, man must examine who God is in relation to who man is. Man is the creation of God and must acknowledge His superiority over him. However, man was created in God’s image (Gen. 1:27), a reflection of God Himself. As a result of man’s fall into sin, his relationship with God was broken (Rom. 3:10-12, 23; 5:12). In order to restore mankind into fellowship with God, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, who is also in God’s image (though He was not created), to give His life so man could come back into a right relationship with God.  To walk in darkness (v. 6 [cf. John 3:19]), would be to continue in sin. On the other hand, to walk in light is to have continuous fellowship with God (v. 7 [cf. John 8:12]).

In this passage, there are three false appeals that man makes against God. First, man claims that he has fellowship with God, but in reality, he is living apart from God in his sin (v. 6). This reveals man’s indifference to morality with regards to his relationship to God. John states that in fact, this man does not possess the truth because he has not been cleansed from his sin (v. 7). Secondly, man suggests that he does not even have sin (v. 8). In this attitude is the denial of any consequence for wrong actions by an individual. This is a rejection of the fact that there is a sin nature within man at all. On the other hand, if a person will acknowledge his sinfulness, confessing his sin before God (i.e., saying the same thing as God says about sin), then he can receive forgiveness and be brought back to a proper relationship to God. The final plea that man makes is an actual denial that sin is even present in his life. Man essentially says that he is not in any way practicing sin. Even though by His death Christ satisfied God’s wrath on the believer’s sin (1 John 2:1, 2), the sin nature still remains within man. Therefore, he must realize that there must be a desire to continue in a right relationship with God by confession of sin. It is obvious that John is speaking of believers in this passage. He is urging them to seek proper fellowship with God, realizing that he has been purchased by God through Christ’s death on the cross (1 Cor. 6:20).



1.     His Salvation

2.     His Source

3.     His Security

1)     His Salvation:

a)     When God came in the form of man he came to save us.

i)       God and Jesus are the same.

ii)     What makes him the son of God is that God is spirit but Jesus was flesh.

iii)   Spirit can not die, so if God comes in Spirit we still die.

iv)   So the way to save man kind is to come in the flesh.

v)     The flesh can and will die

vi)   Romans 8:3 (KJV)
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

b)    God did not come to hurt us but to help us

i)       The Idea of God disliking you is from not knowing Gods love.

ii)     God love you so much he came to save you form Hell,

iii)   He saves you through Mercy and Grace

iv)   Mercy is not letting you die and Grace giving you something you don’t deserve

v)     It is never Gods intentions for you to think that he wants you to be separated from his love.

vi)   God wants to deliver you form sin, and if you believe in him “Help is on the Way”

2)     His Source

a.      The source is God and the source is from God.

i)       Where in verse 19 we see the source without light we all die.

ii)     And this is the condemnation or here is the sentence that if you don’t receive the Light you will die.

iii)   In a spiritual scene Light always represents good and darkness always represents bad (sin)

iv)   Your deed are evil, those things that occupied you

a)     The time we spend without reading the word

b)    The time we spend without praying

c)     The time we spend without fellowshipping

d)    The time we spend without being a wittiness for Christ

v)     What ever is in darkness shell be brought to the light.

a)     All that we do will be shown up

b)    Working in the dark is not good, it my look like things are getting done. 

c)     Illustrate; cleaning flower beds in the dark with my dad

d)    In this life I need help, I need the help of the Lord.

3.     His Security

                  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

                  The word wrought mean to worked

When we obey good he makes sure we are secure

a.      If  you abide in the truth of the light, you will have Security.

b.     Those that do the work of the Lord shall have eternal security.

i.     What is the work of the Lord

ii.   Loving people, feeding people, clothing, etc…

c.     Those that do the work of the devil shall have eternal damnation.

i.     Putting yourself before others doing what you want to do not what the Lord wants you to do.

d.     We work to have a sense of security a peace of mind.

e.      Our deeds that work are done in the light that man may see the good.

f.       The only way is by believing in the true light Jesus Christ.

g.     Because my work is nothing cause he is the work

At Calvary he paid it all and gave me my Security….


[i]Zodhiates, Spiros, and Warren Baker. The Complete Word Study Bible : King James Version. This electronic resource is a compilation of the The Complete Word Study Old Testament, edited by Warren Baker, and The Complete Word Study New Testament, edited by Spiros Zodhiates.; Words in the text numerically coded to Strong's Greek and Hebrew dictionary, introduction to each book, exegetical notes, grammatical codes on the text, lexical aids. electronic ed., Ge 1:1. Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2000, c1991, c1994.

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