1 John 2:7-17 “The Light Changes Your Life”
The course of history changed when Christ, the Light of the World, first appeared. He brought truth and light to bear upon this sinful world. Then, having ascended into Heaven, He diffused this light by sending forth His Holy Spirit, Who creates a new kind of people, those that belong in the light and keep Christ's commandment ("believe and love," 1 John 3:23). This new people is blessed by Christ, receiving the forgiveness of sins, communion with the Triune God, and victory over the dark powers. They are also characterized by a new love for the light instead of darkness, loving God, the Savior, the blessings of salvation, and one another.