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 cleanses us from all sin (I Jn. 1:7).
The word “walk,” as John uses it here, even as Paul, refers to the manner in which we live this life for the Lord, i.e., our walk with God.
The “fellowship” of which John speaks here is not fellowship with other Christians, as most think, but rather us fellowshipping God and God fellowshipping us. In other words, this Passage takes the Believer to a far higher place and position than mere fellowship with other Believers, as wonderful and necessary as is the latter.
In Verse 6, John tells us that we cannot have “fellowship with Him” and, at the same time, “walk in darkness” and “do not the truth.”
First of all, what is the “Light”? What is the “Truth”?
Christ is the “Life” (1:1–2); He is, therefore, the “Light”!
He Who is the Light and the Life reveals God. This knowledge is of priceless value, for it searches the heart. It also declares the Deity of Christ, for only Deity could reveal Deity. That Light judges everything, and is the rule of Faith to those who walk in it. The moral rule of the Christian’s will is God Himself, as revealed in Christ and the Scriptures.
So, Christ and Him Crucified, even as John will say (1:7), is both “Light” and “Truth.”
As the Believer places his Faith exclusively in Christ and the Cross, we then continually have “fellowship with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (I Jn. 1:3). As well, while we are continually having fellowship with Them, the Blood of Jesus, God’s Son, keeps constantly cleansing us from sins of omission, sins of ignorance, and sins in our lives of which we are unaware (for the reason that we have not grown enough in Grace to see that they are sin).
Please understand that these sins are not rare; they are prevalent! If the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ did not make Divine provision for the constant cleansing away of the defilement of sin in our lives, these sins would prevent our fellowship with God.
Actually, each and every Believer, even the Godliest, is constantly “coming short of the Glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). (The Greek Text indicates a continuing action.) However, even as we are continually coming short of that glory, we are continually being cleansed by the Blood.
This does not pertain to willful sin, which demands confession to the Lord, as is evidenced in 1:9. In fact, 1:7 proclaims the intercession that Christ constantly makes for all Believer, guaranteeing that there is a constant cleansing (Heb. 7:25), and thereby a constant fellowship.
Read Galatians 1:1 through 3:29
The apostle Paul wrote the letter we know as Galatians. He sent it to people struggling to find a balance of law and grace. They knew about laws and rules. They knew about consequences and punishment. They knew about guidelines and expectations.
Paul’s words reminded those Christians that the supervision was not controlled by mere rules. God was their protector.
Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian (Galatians 3:25).
Faith had come to the Galatians, but, as often happens, they battled a desire to return to portions of their legalistic structure. They weren’t sure grace was enough.
Like the original readers, many people in today’s culture struggle to grasp God’s love and freedom.
Our supervision comes from a Heavenly Father who seeks to bring healing and peace to His people, not condemnation or long lists of rules. God guides with gentle guidance.
Prayer Suggestion: Thank God for receiving you into His family and for loving you as a caring Father.
Quicklook: Galatians 3:19–25
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