The tough thing about living with a pastor is how easily it seems they come up with so much to say about two little verses. When I told my husband what my verses my next post were to cover, he immediately said "oh yeah, I could do three sermons right now off of those. And at least 2 off of verse 8."
And that made me frown a little because I couldn't think of a single thing to write about these two incredibly rich, life-changing verses in 1 John.
All I could think of was DC Talk's "In the Light" (video with lyrics here).
But after some prayer and reading and writing and re-writing, here is the clearest way possible I can explain these two verses:
If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
In 2 Corinthians 6:14, Paul asks "For what fellowship can light have with darkness?" Darkness in these verses refers to sin and unrighteousness. God, as the perfect and sinless being, has no darkness (1 John 1:5).
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.
In his gospel, John writes "Those who live by the truth come into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God" (3:21).
Later on in 1 John 2:6, John states "Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did."
Walking in the light means living as Jesus lived, living so that all our actions may be brought into the light without guilt or shame.
Living this way means we have fellowship with our Christian brothers and sisters. It also brings the glorious message of cleansing from all sin. When we walk in the light of God, Jesus's death covers all our transgressions, purifying us!
Paul writes in Hebrews 9:14: "How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!"
In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers states "'But if we walk in the light,' we are cleansed 'from all sin'. It is a matter of obedience, and once we obey, the relationship is instantly perfected."
Isn't that wonderful? That we merely have to turn from darkness to light, from death to life, from Satan to Jesus, and our relationship with the Trinity is instantly perfected. Through our faith in Jesus's death and great love for us, we are saved. We are offered light and life and love for all eternity.
And then, it is just a matter of following that light. Not that it is easy - it isn't. We all struggle, we all make mistakes, we all can find ourselves back in the darkness, but we also all get the chance to turn to the light again and again and again.
I prefer to look at my walk with Jesus this way - as the ending of a great movie, where the hero (Jesus) and his love (myself) go walking off into the sunset, following the light, and you know it is just really the beautiful beginning.