You Know Where to Walk

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1.7

This verse starts with “But …” We need to go back to the two preceding verses to get the context: “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” Remember now that John is writing to believers – those who have said, “We are Christ-followers.” I believe this begs the question, “What does it mean to walk in the light?” If we go back to John’s words, this is what we discover: (1) God IS light; (2) there is NO darkness in Him. We have somewhat of an advantage over those early Christians. We have the completed Word of God at our disposal all the time. They had some of the Word, but some of it had not been written and it had not yet been assembled. So they needed to note carefully what the Apostles said and live their lives accordingly.
But for us, since God is light, and since we have His Word to fill in the blanks for us, walking in the light means acknowledging that God is right in whatever He says to us in His Word and also in whatever He does to us and ultimately through us. I am grieved when I hear someone say, “Well, I’m saved. I’m going to heaven. Isn’t that enough?” They simply want to use God as a fire escape and not a guide for daily living. The words in v. 7 tell us: “we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” I long to have fellowship with other believers. I rejoice every day that my sin has been cleansed and I am on the road to heaven. You and I need to live our lives every minute of every day so that the world can see that we are walking “in the light.” Just my thoughts …

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