If we walk in the light
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
As we look at the verse above, several obvious observations occur worth our consideration; first of which is the apparent choice we must make. “If we walk in the light,” is clearly suggestive that the decision rests solely upon us. Now while no one ever awakens to say, “I think I’ll go out and sin today,” we must make a conscious effort to put off the old man and put on the new. Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
As Jesus instructed us to take up our cross and follow Him, we walk in the light as He is in the light, and as we do, we come to the second point in our study verse: “we have fellowship with one another.” This word “fellowship” is koinonia in Greek translation. It means that we have a kinship, a common focus for coming together causing us to enjoy one another. Thus we build each other up through exhortation and encouragement, being reminded of the fact that this world with all its present anguish and concern is not all there is for those in Christ Jesus, and that our final destination has a beauty and glory far beyond that of our present ability to even imagine.
We read in Jude 1:20-21, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Eternity being beyond the realm of time, for it has no end. Revelation 21:4 says, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Too good to be true? Apart from a life of trusting in the Lord Jesus and His sacrifice upon the cross of Calvary, yes. But for those of us who have placed our hope in Him, it is our greatest anticipation and glorious expectation, which brings us to our third point: “and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.”
By the atoning work, the shed blood of Christ, we are made whole, able to enter in, able to stand, able to dwell with Him in heaven, Understanding it was and is His shed blood that cleanses us from all sin. In other words, it’s continual, ongoing, never gets used up, never runs dry. See, to be cleansed would be to say the process is over. But you and I know today will bring new obstacles and challenges which will cause us to react in ways that are unpleasing to Him. So if I’m cleansed today, what about tomorrow when I blow it? Hebrews 7:24-25 tells us, “But He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” You see, Jesus is alive and continually interceding for you and me. His blood cleanses, that is to say continues cleansing all of our sin – past, present and future.
I’m thankful to know I serve a risen Lord, the one true God, who is able to save to the uttermost. If you’re reading this today and you don’t know Christ in a personal way may I kindly ask, “what could be more important than surrendering your heart to someone who loves you so much, the blood of His Son shed on the cross would be payment enough, paid in full for all your sins?” Psalm 149:4“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.”