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“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

 

Verse 7 introduces the counter-claim to the false claim in verse 6 of walking in fellowship with God. 

But if we walk in the light

Believers who want to walk with God must walk in the light.  We fellowship with God on God’s terms and not on our terms.  We conform to God; God does not conform to us. 

Ep 5:8 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:

            ‘Awake, you who sleep,

            Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’”

Co 1: 12 “…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

as He is in the light,

The basis of fellowship with God is God Himself.  When we walk in the light, we walk according to the light.  God is in the light for He exists in the sphere of truth and righteousness. 

1 Ti 6:16 “…who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.”

we have fellowship with one another,

“Fellowship with one another” is not fellowship with other Christians but fellowship with God.  When we walk according to the character of God, we can fellowship with God.  Genuine fellowship with God can only occur if we live in the sphere of God’s character (light). 

We can fellowship with God because we hold something in common with Him.  Christians have continuity of fellowship with Him because the blood of Christ resolves the sin issue.  We can walk in the light because of Christ, not because of human merit. 

PRINCIPLE: 

God determines our fellowship with Him on His character, not our character. 

APPLICATION: 

Walking in darkness is walking out of phase with God, not in accordance with the truth.  Darkness is absence of light.  When we step out of phase with God, we walk in darkness.  We turn our volition away from the truth of God concerning our lives.  This makes us susceptible to not examine ourselves honestly.  If we do not examine ourselves, we will not apply truth to experience.  We then walk in delusion. 

Ep 5: 11 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”

When we walk in the light, we become easier to live with.  We are more compassionate and gracious.  We walk without pretense before others.  We are transparent and genuine with others.  We are transparent with God. 

1 Pe 2: 9 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light

The nearer we get to God the more terrible our sin seems to us. Living in fellowship with God means that we do not demonstrate our anger as often as we used to do.  We live according to our claim to walk with the God of light.  We are not as critical and negative as we used to be. 

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