More about walking in the light

If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 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)

This needs to be read, I think, with verses 8-10 as well:

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

As well as the reason the author of 1 John is saying all this:

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

There is much to say on this, but I feel I lack the time. How is it that we can, at the same time, acknowledge our continuing sinfulness and yet be confident in our salvation? I think the answer has something to do with the time God has allotted for our sanctification, which begins here, but continues on after death. With an infinite span of time ahead, God will make something of us yet! And some day, we will be able to say there is no more fault in us; we will be as we should be, as we were meant to be.

About Will Fitzgerald

I work on recommendation systems and lexical resources for Wordnik.

One thought on “More about walking in the light

  1. “For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6).

    I don’t know that you can say that our sanctification continues after our death throughout eternity. It seems to have a definite ending date in “the day of Christ Jesus”.

    I’m not proposing here to advocate any particular day, perhaps it is His second coming, perhaps it is after the final judgment, and perhaps it is on a one by one basis when we are “. . . away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8b).

    Without any in depth of study on the topic, I suspect it is the last, though I am without knowledge at this time to state such a thing dogmatically.


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