“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:19-21).
Pastor Charles H. Spurgeon wrote, “The way of salvation is stated in Scripture in the very plainest terms, and yet, perhaps, there is no truth about which more errors have been uttered, than concerning the faith which saves the soul. Well has it been proved by experience, that all doctrines of Christ are mysteries—mysteries, not so much in themselves, but because they are hid to them that are lost, in whom the God of this world hath blinded their eyes. So plain is Scripture, that one would have said, “He that runs may read”; but so dim is man’s eye, and so marred is his understanding, that the very simplest truth of Scripture he distorts and misrepresents.”
Why do people continually refuse the offer of salvation and reject Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord? We could accurately say that it is because they are dead in their trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1-3). We could also accurately say that it is because God the Father has not yet given them to God the Son as a gracious gift (John 6:35-66).
However, today’s passage from John’s Gospel gives us another biblical reason for persistent unbelief. It is because the sinner would rather live in sin than live in a covenant relationship with God through the person and work of Jesus Christ.
This begs the obvious follow-up question: Why would a sinner willingly choose to live in sin than be in a covenant relationship with God through the person and work of Jesus Christ? The answer is that the sinner loves their sin and would rather live in darkness or evil because their works or behavior is evil.
Dr. R. C. Sproul explains, “If we trust in Christ, however, we will confess these hidden things to Him. Having been exposed to the light of His grace, we confess our sins and wicked thoughts to our Lord because we know that is what loving the light of truth entails. But for us to come to the light takes a special work of God’s sovereign, irresistible grace. Otherwise, we prefer darkness. It is not that we want the light on our own and are kept from it; we choose to love the darkness rather than the light. That is why people are condemned, as we read in today’s passage. Already in darkness because of sin, we stand condemned (John 1:5; Rom. 3:9–20), but then our condemnation increases when the light of Christ shines and we reject Him. Without God’s grace, we want no part of the light. He has to first grant us the new birth before we will believe (John 3:1–15). “It is against the nature of a child of darkness to come to the light because he knows the light represents exposure and humiliation.”
Are you loving the sin in which you are living? Repent and by God-given faith trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord and so that you may have life and a life more abundantly (John 10:10). A life truly worth living. A life with purpose and meaning. A life eternal!
Soli deo Gloria!