Lessons from the Gospel of John: Condemnation and Salvation

People who do what is wrong hate the light and don't come to the light. They don't want their actions to be exposed.  (John 3:20)

First: Thank you to all of my readers who were praying for me over that last few months. I have not been feeling well, we moved and a ton of projects fell into my lap, seemingly all at once. Now that things are somewhat back to normal I will begin where I left off.

In John 3.19 we read that people are condemned because they do not love and in fact hate the light (Jesus). Since the light exposes their evil for what it is they flee from light. We can see this in the physical realm as well as in the spiritual.

Physically, people do not want their action questioned or investigated. When the terms “oversight” or “accountability” are mentioned these people run the other direction. They want nothing to do with having their actions see the light of day.

Spiritually, even good people flee from the light. They may not be criminals, drug addicts or wife beaters, but they refuse to acknowledge the one sin in their lives that outweighs all of their good. That sin is refusing to accept Jesus as Savior (Messiah). As long as they are unbelievers they are condemned (John 3.19). Every person has sinned and is in fact born into sin. And there is only one way to get out from under the condemnation of this sin – accept Jesus as Savior. It is God's free gift but it must be received before it can be applied to your life.

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  1. Joe_Sewell said:

    And now for a non-spam comment. I have to disagree with your assessment of the dislike of the term “accountability.” Perhaps we have different definitions. I know that I am accountable to God, and God alone, for my actions and my sins. Rather than have to provide some “excuse” for my failings (which will happen) to someone who wants to “get tough” with me, I’d much prefer to fall into the merciful hands of Christ. I don’t need someone else to make me feel like dirt when I fail; I do that quite well on my own, thank you very much.

    September 30, 2011
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