“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7
Just as he did in his gospel, John uses the comparison of light to dark. God is light, which points to His moral purity and ubiquitous nature. Romans 3:23 reveals to us that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Since God is light, that would leave us in darkness. Even some who profess to be Christians live in darkness when no one else is around. That is, simply put, trampling God’s grace underfoot. John makes the point of comparing light and dark to shine a beacon on man’s need to confess his sin. It is really no different than what the Ten Commandments were designed to do, shine a light on man’s sin and his inability to save himself. A blood sacrifice must be made to satisfy God’s desire for a holy people.
Living in sin fools no one, especially the Lord who knows our most intimate thoughts. If only people would take the time to get to know the God that saved them from eternal damnation. They receive forgiveness, then go on their way. It’s like the 10 lepers Jesus healed. 9 went on their way completely healed, only 1 came back and praised God. (Luke 17:11-19) Were the other 9 grateful? We’ll never know because the Bible doesn’t speak of them again. Are you grateful for what the Lord has done for you? Do you live like He makes a difference in your life? You are a new creation and should live like it. Your old life is gone. Bury it under God’s infinite mercy.
In verse 7 John speaks of the “blood of Jesus”. Hebrews 9:22 tells us “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Those that are washed in the blood of the spotless lamb are purified from all their past sins. Those who deny their need of a cleansing are putrefied because of all their past sins. Walk in the light each day and let your faith in God shine like the noonday sun on all you encounter. Be a life changer. Make a difference in someone’s life today. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: The Reformation Study Bible.