Worship III Day 10 Wonder Working Power: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days

Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

Today is 2-for-1 Friday!
Check out Wonder Working Power!

The Questions

1) What does it mean to walk in the light? 

2) What is the relationship between light and our fellowship with one another? 

3) What is the connection between light and the cleansing of our sin? 

1 John 1:7

If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Original Intent

1)What does it mean to walk in the light?
When John writes about Jesus, you cannot ignore the close relationship and proximity to Jesus that John enjoyed as Jesus walked this earth.  John wrote of himself as the disciple Jesus loved and was even asked by Jesus to care for His mother, Mary, when He was on the cross (John 19:26-27).  John understood Christ in the context of light, as he wrote in the opening of his gospel account, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.“ (John 1:4-5).  John grasped the truth that to walk in the light is to walk in step with Christ, who is Himself, light.  Matthew Henry introduces this part of John’s letter by saying, “it is evident that those addressed were of all ages and were hated of the world. They were inclined to worldliness and to the danger of looking too lightly upon sin. They were also in danger of being led into doubt by those who denied the deity of Jesus.” (from Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary).   

2) What is the relationship between light and our fellowship with one another?
John knew the reality of walking physically with the Light of the World, and how the Light brought him together with his fellow disciples and others who would follow Christ and believe in His name.  John further declared this truth about Jesus when he wrote, “But to all who did receive Him [Jesus], He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God,” (John 1:12-13).  John understood the truth that Jesus brings His followers together into a larger family, creating a fellowship like no other.  John wants his audience to know the strength, joy and oneness to be gained in fellowship with one another.   

3) What is the connection between light and the cleansing of our sin?
John’s front row seat to the crucifixion and death of Christ (John 19:26) was a juxtaposition of the greatest Light ever known on this earth facing the combined and total darkness of sinful man.  That moment undoubtedly left an indelible mark on John’s heart and in his mind.  As a witness to the actual event, John’s understanding of the weight of Christ’s blood and the sacrifice He made to save each one of us cannot be overstated. John knew light exposes darkness, bringing things to the surface and making us see what had previously been hidden.  John wanted his readers to know that The Light (Jesus Christ)was the only path to salvation, and the only way to be free from darkness.

Everyday Application

1) What does it mean to walk in the light?
Just as John was warning his readers to be cautious that they were not becoming too worldly or taking sin too lightly, we all must do the same.  We can become experts at cleaning ourselves up on the outside, but living in darkness on the inside.  We tell ourselves that no one is looking  and it won’t matter.  As a culture, even as a church, we most certainly struggle with this reality.  Let that sink in. 2000  years later, and NOTHING HAS CHANGED.  Sin is common and acceptable.  What sin do you need to take more seriously in your own life?  Is there anywhere you are allowing the world to define reality and acceptability, instead of inviting the Light to give you that clarity? 

2) What is the relationship between light and our fellowship with one another?
Have you ever considered how Jesus brings you into a larger, greater family?  As His light exposes the darkness in each of us, we must face the truth that we are all broken and in desperate need of help.  Nothing we do can overcome that reality.  And when we look around us, we realize we’re surrounded by people just like us; we are each Messes in need of some serious clean up.  When we accept that truth about ourselves, we begin to see the benefits of fellowship with one another.  First, we realize we are not alone in our struggles.  We are surrounded by others who are fighting darkness just like us.  Second, we gain a greater compassion for those around us who are struggling; we want to come alongside one another with grace and love as we learn to navigate this world – together.   

3) What is the connection between light and the cleansing of our sin?
Light exposes us to our own personal darkness.  Next to the beautiful light of Christ in all of His perfection, anything we offer up is worthless.  Our darkness makes us long for light, for a way out.  We want something more.  We understand there is a greater way.  Sometimes we try to find it on our own through any means we can try.  But Christ wants us to know He is the only solution!  When we finally accept our need for a way out, we can then understand that Jesus is our only option because our efforts to save ourselves fail consistently.  Where do you find yourself in that continuum?  Do you struggle to see the darkness in yourself (I’m not that bad…)?  Are you searching for the light (I want out of this mess, but how…)?  Are you accepting of the fact that Jesus is your only way (Nothing I do is working – I need help…)?  And if you know this truth, are you allowing Him to be your rescue (Jesus be my strength…), or are you still busy trying to save yourself (I’ll be fine, if I could just…)? 

What do YOU think?! Share Here!
Missing the connection to our other Journey Study today?
Catch up with Wonder Working Power!

Digging Deeper is for Everyone!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

Digging Deeper Community

Share What You’ve Learned!
Pray Together!
Join us in the GT Facebook Community!

Our Current Study Theme!

This is Worship III Week Two!
Don’t miss out on the discussion!
Sign up
to receive every GT Journey Study!

Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

Memorize It!

Download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!
Tap and hold on your mobile device to save.