“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 yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by 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.” (Reference: 1 John 1:5-7 )
I know that yesterday I was sort of disparaging of the style that the historic Anabaptist for that day had. It was not the message, beloved, but the delivery pattern. Today’s historic Anabaptist believer, Hans Langenmantel, has written a wonderful reflection on this passage. I am not using all the the editors of Reading the Anabaptist Bible used because, frankly, the sentences in the middle of it are gripes against then times in which he lived and not illumination of the passage from 1 John. He says, “To this end, O God, let the light of Thy divine glory illuminate us, that we may walk in it. O Lord, keep us in it as Thy dear children, and let us never become obscured by the abominable darkness of this world, . . . But Thou art the eternal light, which penetrates the darkness; that we may no longer be children of the night, but children of the day. Watch over us with Thy Holy Spirit, and teach us thus to go in this light with delight and joy according to Thy divine nature.”
May the Holy Spirit watch over you and may walk in the light with the Spirit of God. Selah!