God Is Light

“The Nature of God:

There is only one true and living God, who is infinite in being, power, and perfections. God is eternal, independent, and self-sufficient, having life in himself with no need for anyone or anything. He is spirit, transcendent and invisible, with no limitations or imperfections, immutable, and everywhere present with the fullness of his being. His knowledge is exhaustive, including all things actual and possible, so that nothing—past, present, or future—is hidden from his sight. God is not divided into parts, but his whole being includes all of his attributes: he is entirely holy, loving, wise, just, good, merciful, gracious, and truthful. Our God is the infinite fountain of being who created all things, and all things exist by him and for him. He is supremely powerful to perform all his holy and perfect will, ruling over his creation with total dominion, righteousness, wisdom, and love. In his transcendence, God is incomprehensible in his being and actions, yet he reveals himself such that we can know him truly and personally.” — SGC Statement of Faith, The Triune God

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.For this reason, the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.

We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. This is true not only of the individual Christian, but of the company of Christians that composes the Church. Always, the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God.” —A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

Since God is light, we must walk in the light.

1. God is light.

“In him is no shade, speck, or stain of moral imperfection.” —David Allen

“My God, how wonderful thou art, thy majesty how bright! How beautiful thy mercy-seat, in depths of burning light!How wonderful, how beautiful, the sight of thee must be, Thine endless wisdom, boundless pow’r, and aweful purity!” —Fredrick Faber

2. Our fellowship with God and with one another is dependent upon us walking in the light.

3. Acknowledgment and confession of sin are marks of a life that is walking in the light.

“Sin is a fact of life, but fortunately it does not prevent our fellowship with God if it is confessed. Confession should always be the natural response the moment we become cognizant of personal sin. … Confession of sin is coming to the place where you honestly agree with God about your sin. Confession means genuine contrition for our sin and genuine seeking of forgiveness.” —David Allen