A Short Study of 1st John 1:7
“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 cleanseth us from all sin.”
(1st John 1:7)
Walking in the light is walking by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and following Him as the one who redeemed us with His precious blood. False Christianity tells us that our walking in the light is the condition we must meet in order to empower the blood of Christ for ourselves personally. This is not true! Walking in the light is not a condition sinners must meet in order to attain the benefits of Christ’s blood. Walking in the light is the EVIDENCE of the power of Christ’s blood to save His people from their sins. This salvation includes their justification before God based on Christ’s righteousness imputed alone, their new birth in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring them to faith in Christ and true repentance, their preservation and perseverance unto final glory. So, it is not our faith that empowers Christ’s blood to save us; it is Christ’s blood that empowers God-given faith for us to receive, believe and rest in Him and His blood for our whole salvation (John 12:31-32; Ephesians 2:8-10). The difference here is the difference between salvation by God’s grace and salvation by the works of men.
Oh, what good news the gospel of Jesus Christ declares to sinners. We are by birth and nature children of darkness, loving darkness rather than the Light of the truth (John 3:19; Ephesians 2:12). However, by the marvelous power of God through the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16), God has delivered us from the power of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Colossians 1:13). That we should show forth the praises of Him Who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (2nd Corinthians 4:6; 1st Peter 2:9). Furthermore, the gospel declares unto all that believe, that the precious blood atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. Not the blood of bulls and goats, not the ceremony and traditions of men, but the glorious blood offering of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, nothing less and nothing more (Hebrews 9:26; 1st Peter 1:18-20), cleanses from all sin. Original sin, actual sin, spiritual and natural sin, ALL sin forever!! Oh, the glory of this perfect, full and finished salvation we are blessed to possess and enjoy through our victorious Lord. “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Corinthians 15:57)