Test # 1 – Walking in Light – Continued
In our last post, we considered walking in the light and the natural growth of believers to walk as we look to Him. In this post, let us consider the blessing accrued as we walk in the light, as He is in the light.
Let’s read our passage again.
1 John 1:6-7
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Blessings of Walking in the Light
If we conduct ourselves according to the Light of God that we understand, we experience two blessings according to John.
“The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin”.
I want to discuss this blessing first, since it is so bedrock to our faith! John is speaking to believers and reminds us of the action of the blood of Christ with our sin problem.
As believers, we have been delivered from the life of sin and self, from our looking away from God. But we all know that we are prone to wander, prone to want those leeks we left behind in Egypt. Prone to return to our prior lives. As we recognize these attitudes and actions in our life, we are to repent, agree with God about our condition to God (confess) and request forgiveness from Him. (See 1 John 1:9)
In this verse, the verb “cleanses” is in the present tense in the Greek, representing a simple statement of fact viewed as occurring in actual time. His sacrifice was a once for all act of supreme love for us. The effects of this sacrifice are far reaching.
As we bang around and fall, learning to walk this life in His light, we must understand that His sacrifice for us is an active love that is always reaching out to us, seeking our good.
We do ourselves much damage when we ignore His loving provision.
“We have fellowship with one another” John states that as we practice the truth of God, and of His character, we have fellowship with one another.
Is he saying we have fellowship with God or with other believers walking in the light? It seems obvious that if we are walking in light (truth), we would be in fellowship with the Source and Being of light. Otherwise, John may be stating that we experience fellowship with others who are walking in the light.
This was an incredible blessing when I first considered it. We had recently moved to a new town and hadn’t found a church yet. It seemed we were all alone, and yet this verse instructed me that as I walk in the light, I did have fellowship with others of like mind.
We have fellowship with others. A state of being, that as I walk properly, will experience that fellowship (or sharing together) with others. Of course, being associated with a body of believers makes this much more “efficient” but it doesn’t take away from the fact that fellowship with others is based on “Light Living”.
We all know that some churches have folks that are walking in the dark, and some walking in the light. This verse (and book) defines the difference between the two. Notice that it is not based on personal likes or denominational distinctions.
Or that God agrees with us. What do you mean with that remark Carl?
Let me give you an Old Testament example.
Prior to entering Canaan, Joshua met “the captain of the Lord’s army”, and as the military man that he was, Joshua demanded whose side He was on. The Angel simply stated “I am the Captain….”
He wasn’t on the side of the Israelite’s. We often get this so mixed up. He is the Lord. They were to be on His side! There is a difference! Check out The Lord’s Enemy post for a bit of teaching on this surprisingly forgotten concept for some!
He is the Lord and His people have fellowship with one another as they walk in His light.
John will describe that light throughout the remaining chapters of the book. I hope you can walk with me through these truths and come out of them with renewed vigor to follow Him in His light.
I hope you found a truth that was helpful in your life within this post. Drop me a line, or send this post to a friend that you thought of recently.