1 John 1:7 – but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
John is describing an ongoing fellowship with the Lord and His people that is dependent on the cleansing of the blood of Jesus. How did this fellowship start? I believe this fellowship with the Lord and and His church started with the cleansing of the blood. When someone is washed in the blood amazing things begin to take place. Our vision or sight of God immediately begins. It was our sins that stopped us from perceiving the Lord. When our sins are washed away we begin to see Christ everywhere. We see Him in the word of God, we see Him in His creation, and we see Him clearly in the Body of Christ. Suddenly we become aware of the supernatural nature of His church. The Body of Christ becomes beautiful to us. Here are some thoughts from Brian Simmons on today’s verse.
“God and the believer enjoy fellowship on the basis of walking in the light of God. Fellowship is maintained with God as we continue walking in the light he reveals to us. To walk in the light also involves being open, transparent, and honest, acknowledging any darkness the Lord might reveal in us. The blood of Jesus will cleanse us from all known sin, and if we continue to be open to God’s pure light his blood will cleanse us from all unknown sin as well, enabling imperfect believers to walk in fellowship with a holy God. Freedom from sin is equated to walking in the pure light of God—not simply a fleshly struggle but a desire to walk in fellowship with God in his light.”
John was pointing out that our relation with the body of Christ not only starts by the blood, it continues and is sustained by being continually washed in the blood. Individuals or people groups we would never know or spend time with become our brothers and sisters in Christ. One of the things I love about our church is its diversity. We see a supernatural fellowship and friendship between multiple races, age groups, and from different economic statures in life. The blood helps us to see with eyes of forgiveness and redemption. If you want to walk in the light, look constantly to the blood of Jesus.