New International Version
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
King James Bible
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Darby Bible Translation
And this is the message which we have heard from him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
World English Bible
This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Young's Literal Translation
And this is the message that we have heard from Him, and announce to you, that God is light, and darkness in Him is not at all;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
This then is the message - This is the grand principle on which all depends, which we have heard of απ' αυτου, From him; for neither Moses nor the prophets ever gave that full instruction concerning God and communion with him which Jesus Christ has given, for the only-begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, has alone declared the fullness of the truth, and the extent of the blessings, which believers on him are to receive. See John 1:18.
God is light - The source of wisdom, knowledge, holiness, and happiness; and in him is no darkness at all - no ignorance, no imperfection, no sinfulness, no misery. And from him wisdom, knowledge, holiness, and happiness are received by every believing soul. This is the grand message of the Gospel, the great principle on which the happiness of man depends. Light implies every essential excellence, especially wisdom, holiness, and happiness. Darkness implies all imperfection, and principally ignorance, sinfulness, and misery. Light is the purest, the most subtile, the most useful, and the most diffusive of all God's creatures; it is, therefore, a very proper emblem of the purity, perfection, and goodness of the Divine nature. God is to human soul, what the light is to the world; without the latter all would be dismal and uncomfortable, and terror and death would universally prevail: and without an indwelling God what is religion? Without his all-penetrating and diffusive light, what is the soul of man? Religion would be an empty science, a dead letter, a system unauthoritated and uninfluencing, and the soul a trackless wilderness, a howling waste, full of evil, of terror and dismay, and ever racked with realizing anticipations of future, successive, permanent, substantial, and endless misery. No wonder the apostle lays this down as a first and grand principle, stating it to be the essential message which he had received from Christ to deliver to the world.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryWalking in the Light
'If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.'--1 John i. 7. John was the Apostle of love, but he was also a 'son of thunder.' His intense moral earnestness and his very love made him hate evil, and sternly condemn it; and his words flash and roll as no other words in Scripture, except the words of the Lord of love. In the immediate context he has been laying down what is to him the very heart …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John
On Working Out Our Own Salvation
Synopsis. --Biblical Miracles the Effluence of Extraordinary Lives.
even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.
He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
Now this was John's testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.
1 Timothy 6:16
who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
1 John 3:11
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
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