1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from (Jesus) and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7 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. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Some good stuff here. However, there are some things that need to be spelled out if we’re to grasp what John is getting at.
First, John is teaching us that “God is light”. Light, in this sense, is the state of being without sin. We cannot be in the light, and remain in our sin. Those two things don’t go together. As a result, we cannot remain in sin and be in fellowship with God, in whom there is no “darkness” (sin) at all.
7 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.
How do we walk in the light? We walk in the light when we are forgiven of our sin. Freed from sin, we are brought out of darkness into light. This verse tells us “the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin”. Jesus’ death paid for our sin. Forever. John goes on:
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
A key to receiving forgiveness is confession. We must acknowledge our sin, then confess our sin so that we can be made clean, so that we can be brought out of the darkness of sin into the light, so that we can be brought into fellowship with God. Why is that so important?
When we are in fellowship with God, we have (among other things) peace with God, who gives us peace from the inside out.
Imagine that. When we have the peace of God, things can be going crazy around us, but we are grounded. We don’t feel the need to be freaking out like other people do because we KNOW who holds us in his hands. God does.
When we have fellowship with God we realize we are connected to that which is eternal. The things we’re worried about will all fall away eventually, whether in this life or the next. Fellowship with God never ends. It is eternal.
1. How would your life be different if you had legit peace and contentment on the inside – no matter what your outside circumstances may be?
2. Are there sin patterns in your life that you refuse to let go of? That sin is keeping you from fellowship with God, and the peace that comes with it.
3. God has made freedom from sin as simple as confession and forgiveness. Confess your sin to God. Right now. And he will forgive you. Right now. And you can have fellowship with God this very day.
Heaenly Father, you are without sin, but we are not. Our sin keeps us from you, but you’ve made a way to resolve this. You sent your son Jesus to die and be raised up again. His blood paid the price for human sin – forever. Give us grace to confess our sin to you right now – and to receive the forgiveness which is ours in Christ Jesus. We ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.