“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, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7)
This is a very significant verse of Scripture. John gives two basic principles in this passage. First, he tells us that the Christian needs to walk in the light as He (God) is in the light. John does not say that Christians can or should live according to the light. That would mean that we could be sinless and we all know this is impossible. The Apostle says, instead, to “walk in the light.” This is a reference to our submission to God’s truth. God is truth (light) and the evidence that we are walking in the light is determined by our reception of God’s truth.
The second principle is that we “have fellowship with one another.” Most of the time this phrase is interpreted to mean that we have fellowship with fellow Christians. But this is not what John is saying at all. The fellowship John is speaking of is between the Christian and God. Allow me a paraphrase.
Since God is light (truth) and if we become transparent enough to accept God’s truth (His light), then we can have fellowship with God because we will both be connected through the light of His truth.
It is this fellowship with God in the truth that makes the third clause of the passage even more powerful: “He purifies us from all sin.” What a blessing to be in God’s presence and feel cleansed of all sin simply because we accept His truth and walk in His light! Amen.
Pastor Luis Scott
Ambassadors of Christ Fellowship