What Does 1 John 1:7 Mean?

but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Once enlightened by the Holy Spirit as born-again children of God, we have a true sight and sense of sin. Having first been convicted by the Holy Spirit of sin, righteousness and judgment, we are brought face to face with our own depravity and utter sinfulness.

It is as we are enlightened to the truth of the gospel that we begin to understand the tremendous price that Christ paid on the cross for us - for it is only by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, that we are forgiven of our trespasses and sin - it is only by His spilt blood that we are cleansed from all sin.

It is only by grace through faith that we have been called out of the darkness of sin and death into the marvellous light of His righteousness and life. It is only by placing our faith in Christ's finished work on Calvary that we have been given access into the throne-room of grace - and if we abide in Him and walk in the light of His love, we have fellowship with our heavenly Father, because the blood of Jesus His Son... which saved us, is the same blood that continues to cleanse us from all sin.

When we walk with God in the light of His love, we enjoy mutual fellowship with the Father. The more time we remain in His company the more like Him we become. It is not that He conforms into our likeness but we are being transformed into His image and beauty... and the more we walk in the light of His truth and righteousness the more like Jesus we will become.

At one time we were once filled with darkness and walked according to the way of the world, but we are not of the world.  John asks, "what fellowship has light with darkness? What communion can a holy God have with a fallen sinner".  At salvation, we were enlightened to the truth of the glorious gospel of grace... and by faith, we have become light in the Lord and are called to walk as children of light.

To walk in the light means to live in accordance with His perfect life and character. We are to eschew evil and keep ourselves in the realm of righteousness and truth, by submitting to His leading and guidance. Darkness can never overwhelm the light of God because darkness is simply the absence of God's light -- the absence of God, for in Him is no darkness at all.

As we remain in the sphere of His light and truth, the former darkness that enslaved us can never challenge us, for if we walk in the Light we are not in the sphere of darkness. Once saved we have immediate access into the presence of God, and when we walk in the light, we are permitted to enjoy sweet fellowship with our heavenly Father. Sadly, when we choose not to walk in the light we forfeit that privilege. Saved... but out of fellowship with the Father.

When we are brought into God's light at salvation it was not just the forgiveness of our former sins that were dealt with at the cross. We received the ultimate purification of every transgression - past, present, and future. It is the removal of every one of our known and unknown sins, into the sea of God's gracious forgetfulness - through time and into eternity. 

Because of His full identification with our sin we are fully identified with the light of the Lord and the righteousness of Christ. HE makes us perfect and holy in His sight. It is a positional holiness that is endued from the first moment we believed. It is a cleansing flood that has become ours, by faith in Jesus. It is an imputed righteousness which we do not deserve, but which is ours as a free gift of God's amazing grace.

ALL this is achieved only ONE WAY- by faith in the freely-offered shed-blood of the perfect human Sacrifice - our Saviour Jesus Christ. This can only be received by believing in the sacrificial slaughter of the pure; holy; harmless; innocent victim... Whose shed blood cleanses the cursed sinner; redeems the wicked; forgives the guilty while delivering the God-hating damned sinner, into eternal condemnation.

Only the divine, offering of the holy Son of God, Who in His incarnation freely took upon Himself mortal flesh, to become identified with His doomed brethren, is sufficient payment, for the accumulated sin of the whole world. It is the blood of Christ alone, that can cancel the power of sin and Satan; pain and disease; destruction, death and hell itself.  It is only by the powerful blood of the holy Lamb of God that the chains of sin can be broken, and the captive be set free. It is only through faith in Christ's finished work that God can pronounce a sinner to be saved. Truly there is power in the blood of Jesus - there is wonder-working POWER in the precious blood of the Lamb of God.

In consideration of our great salvation - surely it should be our heart's deepest desire to walk in the light as HE is in the light so that fellowship with our Father is maintained, as the blood of Jesus - His Son, continues to cleanse us day after day after day.

My Prayer

I praise Your name, heavenly Father, for the blood of Jesus, which has cleansed me of all my sins and identified me with the righteousness of Christ. Your grace gives me the choice to walk in Your marvellous light or live my Christian life in the shadow of the world, the flesh, and the devil. I choose from this day forward to walk in the light as Jesus is in the light, for I desire a more intimate fellowship with You, my Abba and my Father. I praise You for Your amazing grace and the wonder-working power of His blood - and it in His, precious name that I pray, AMEN.

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