The Passing Twilight

Jerry Sittser

READ : 1 John 5:13-21

We know that those who are born of God do not sin, but the one who was born of God protects them. (v. 18)

On earth each day ends with “twilight.” The earth’s atmosphere allows the sun’s light to linger before all becomes darkness. There is no twilight on the moon because the moon has no atmosphere. It is either day or night, with nothing in between.

There is no twilight in John’s theology either. It is all light or darkness, righteousness or sin, faith or unbelief, God or devil. What looks like twilight is actually light and darkness in mortal combat. Light will someday be the victor. John keeps reminding us that God is light, love, truth, and purity. In him there is no darkness, no falsehood, no impurity. In God there is no sin.

John warns us to take sin seriously, not only in our own lives but also in the lives of our friends. We might not be able to rescue people who have committed “mortal sin,” which probably refers to the utter obliteration of conscience. But that should not keep us from urging our brothers and sisters to walk in the light. We might be living with “gray areas” now. But it will not always be so. Someday it will be all light, or all darkness.


Lord, give us the courage to walk in the light. In Jesus’ name, Amen.