1 John 1:7 Index
"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."
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" But if we walk . . . "

  • The clause may be paraphrased, "If, on the other hand, instead of walking in darkness, we walk . . ." John does not leave his flock in despair but turns to the positive aspects of the Christian life, thereby to encourage them and express his confidence in them. (7BC 631)
  • Parents, gather the rays of divine light which are shining upon your pathway. Walk in the light as Christ is in the light. As you take up the work of saving your children and maintaining your position on the highway of holiness, the most provoking trials will come. But do not lose your hold. Cling to Jesus. He says, “Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me” (Isaiah 27:5). Difficulties will arise. You will meet with obstacles. Look constantly to Jesus. When an emergency arises, ask, Lord, what shall I do now? (AH 207)
  • Our only safety will be found in constantly seeking wisdom from God, in carefully weighing every matter with much fear and trembling, lest there should be brought into the work not the light of heaven, but the weakness of man. But the Lord has promised to give light to those who seek Him with the whole heart. If we will but wait patiently and prayerfully upon God, and not follow our own impetuous plans, He will guide our decisions and open many doors of hope and labor.
    • The great General of armies will lead in every battle for the advancement of His cause. He will be the guide of His people in the perilous conflicts in which they have to engage, if the under leaders and undershepherds will do their appointed work, and listen to the voice which says: “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isaiah 30:21); “He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness” (John 8:12). What a great comfort this promise should be to us! We may walk in the light as He is in the light. (TM 211)
  • Simplicity of character and lowliness of heart will give happiness, while self-conceit will bring discontent, repining, and continual disappointment. It is learning to think less of ourselves and more of making others happy that will bring to us divine strength. (3T 476)
  • . . . freedom and light can be retained only through self-denial and constant watchfulness and prayer, with a continual reliance upon the merits of the blood of Christ. (4T 625)
  • All should copy the Pattern as closely as possible. While they cannot possess the consciousness of power which Jesus had, they can so connect with the Source of strength that Jesus can abide in them and they in Him, and so His spirit and His power will be revealed in them. (5T 254)
  • The light that God has given His people is not to be shut up within the churches that already know the truth. It is to be shed abroad into the dark places of the earth. Those who walk in the light as Christ is in the light will co-operate with the Saviour by revealing to others what He has revealed to them. It is God's purpose that the truth for this time shall be made known to every kindred and nation and tongue and people. In the world today men and women are absorbed in the search for worldly gain and worldly pleasure. There are thousands upon thousands who give no time or thought to the salvation of the soul. The time has come when the message of Christ's soon coming is to sound throughout the world. (9T 24)

" . . . He is in the light . . ."

  • God is constantly surrounded by light that radiates from Himself. The best that Christians can do is to walk in the rays of light that emanate from God. As a traveler will follow the light of a guide along a dark and unknown road, so the child of God will follow light from the Lord along the road of life (2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 5:8; Proverbs 4:18). (7BC 631)
  • The life and spirit of Christ is the only standard of excellence and perfection, and our only safe course is to follow His example. If we do this He will guide us by His counsel and afterward receive us to glory. We must strive diligently and be willing to suffer much in order to walk in the footsteps of our Redeemer. God is willing to work for us, to give us of His free Spirit, if we will strive for it, live for it, believe for it; and then we can walk in the light as "He is in the light." We can feast upon His love and drink in of His rich fullness. (1T 408-409)
  • Sin does not appear so exceedingly sinful to them for the very reason that they are not walking in the light as Christ is in the light. (3T 361)

" . . . one with another . . . "

  • If we walk in the light we walk with God, from whom the light shines, and have fellowship not only with Him but also with all others who are following the Lord. Serving the same God, believing the same truths, following the same instructions on the pathway of life, we cannot fail to walk in unity. The slightest sign of ill will between us and our brethren should make us review our own conduct, to be sure that we are not veering away from the lighted path of life (1 John 4:20). (7BC 631)
  • Christ and His word are in perfect harmony. Received and obeyed, they open a sure path for the feet of all who are willing to walk in the light as Christ is in the light. If the people of God would appreciate His word, we should have a heaven in the church here below. Christians would be eager, hungry, to search the word. They would be anxious for time to compare scripture with scripture and to meditate upon the word. They would be more eager for the light of the word than for the morning paper, magazines, or novels. Their greatest desire would be to eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God. And as a result their lives would be conformed to the principles and promises of the word. Its instruction would be to them as the leaves of the tree of life. It would be in them a well of water, springing up into everlasting life. Refreshing showers of grace would refresh and revive the soul, causing them to forget all toil and weariness. They would be strengthened and encouraged by the words of inspiration.
    • Ministers would be inspired with divine faith. Their prayers would be characterized by earnestness, filled with the divine assurance of truth. Weariness would be forgotten in the sunlight of heaven. Truth would be interwoven with their lives, and its heavenly principles would be as a fresh, running stream, constantly satisfying the soul.
    • The Lord's philosophy is the rule of the Christian's life. The entire being is imbued with the life-giving principles of heaven. The busy nothings which consume the time of so many shrink into their proper position before a healthy, sanctifying Bible piety. The Bible, and the Bible alone, can produce this good result. It is the wisdom of God and the power of God, and it works with all power in the receptive heart. Oh, what heights we might reach if we would conform our wills to the will of God! It is the power of God that we need, wherever we are. The frivolity that cumbers the church makes it weak and indifferent. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are seeking and longing for channels through which to communicate to the world the divine principles of truth. (8T 193-194)

" . . . and the blood . . . "

  • The last clause of the verse is by no means an afterthought, for the experience here described is closely connected with walking "in the light." Recognizing that even those who fellowship with God will continue to need cleansing from sin. John assures the Christian that God has already anticipated this need and provided for it. For the significance of "blood" in cleansing from sin see (Romans 3:25; Romans 5:9; John 6:53). (7BC 631)

" . . . of Jesus Christ . . . "

  • . . . In his Gospel the apostle often speaks of Jesus, the incarnate Word, but here he is thinking particularly of the divine-human Saviour, Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:1). (7BC 631)

" . . . His Son . . . "

  • This further identification of Jesus emphasizes the magnitude of the sacrifice that provided the cleansing blood - it came from the son of God. (Luke 1:35). (7BC 631)

" . . . cleanseth . . . "

  • Greek, katharizo," to make clean," "to cleanse," used in the Gospels for "cleansing" a leper (Matthew 8:2; Luke 4:27), and elsewhere for cleansing from sin or form guilt of sin (2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:26; Hebrews 9:14).
  • The cleansing to which John here refers is not that which occurs with first repentance and confession, at the beginning of the Christian walk, and which precedes the fellowship. The cleansing here spoken of continues throughout the earthly life, and is part of the process of sanctification (Romans 6:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:3). None but Christ has ever lived a sinless life (John 8:46; 1 Peter 2:22); so men continually need Christ;s blood to cleanse them from their sins (1 John 2:1; 1 John 2:2). (7BC 631)
  • The writer includes himself among those who need this cleansing. Those who walk nearest to God will, in the glory of His light, be most conscious of their own sinfulness (1 John 1:8; 1 John 1:10; AA 561; GC 469-473). (7BC 631)
  • Jesus does not desire those who have been purchased at such a cost to become the sport of the enemy's temptations. He does not desire us to be overcome and perish. He who curbed the lions in their den, and walked with His faithful witnesses amid the fiery flames, is just as ready to work in our behalf to subdue every evil in our nature. Today He is standing at the altar of mercy, presenting before God the prayers of those who desire His help. He turns no weeping, contrite one away. Freely will He pardon all who come to Him for forgiveness and restoration. He does not tell to any all that He might reveal, but He bids every trembling soul take courage. Whosoever will, may take hold of God's strength, and make peace with Him, and He will make peace.
    • The souls that turn to Him for refuge, Jesus lifts above the accusing and the strife of tongues. No man or evil angel can impeach these souls. Christ unites them to His own divine-human nature. They stand beside the great Sin Bearer in the light proceeding from the throne of God.
    • The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses “from all sin” (1 John 1:7). (MH 90)
  • Do not listen to the enemy's suggestion to stay away from Christ until you have made yourself better, until you are good enough to come to God. If you wait until then you will never come. When Satan points to your filthy garments, repeat the promise of the Saviour, “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). Tell the enemy that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin. Make the prayer of David your own: “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7). (PK 320)
  • God is waiting to bestow the blessing of forgiveness, of pardon for iniquity, of the gifts of righteousness, upon all who will believe in His love and accept the salvation He offers. Christ is ready to say to the repenting sinner, “Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment” (Zechariah 3:4). The blood of Jesus Christ is the eloquent plea that speaks in behalf of sinners. This blood “cleanseth us from all sin.” (TM 517)

" . . . all sin . . . "

  • Rather, "very sin," that is every type and manifestation of sin (1 John 3:4). (7BC 632)
  • That simple faith which takes God at His word should be encouraged. God's people must have that faith which will lay hold of divine power; “for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Those who believe that God for Christ's sake has forgiven their sins, should not, through temptation, fail to press on to fight the good fight of faith. Their faith should grow stronger until their Christian life, as well as their words, shall declare, “The blood of Jesus Christ ...cleanseth us from all sin.”(1 John 1:7). (GW 161)
  • The one thing essential for us in order that we may receive and impart the forgiving love of God is to know and believe the love that He has to us. (1 John 4:16). Satan is working by every deception he can command, in order that we may not discern that love. He will lead us to think that our mistakes and transgressions have been so grievous that the Lord will not have respect unto our prayers and will not bless and save us. In ourselves we can see nothing but weakness, nothing to recommend us to God, and Satan tells us that it is of no use; we cannot remedy our defects of character. When we try to come to God, the enemy will whisper, It is of no use for you to pray; did not you do that evil thing? Have you not sinned against God and violated your own conscience? But we may tell the enemy that “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). When we feel that we have sinned and cannot pray, it is then the time to pray. Ashamed we may be and deeply humbled, but we must pray and believe. “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15). Forgiveness, reconciliation with God, comes to us, not as a reward for our works, it is not bestowed because of the merit of sinful men, but it is a gift unto us, having in the spotless righteousness of Christ its foundation for bestowal. (MB 115-116)