In the darkness he was glad to see the twinkling of a light by the roadside that proved to be the light of a little inn, in which he at once took shelter from the pitiless rain. He is anxious to protect his fellow-disciples against the subtle errors by which he sees them surrounded. 2. Walk in the light; know and obey the truth. No man lives who does not make some mistake and commit sin incidentally. For saints this dependence is transfigured into fellowship. My fingers became unusually black with ink, and, forgetting this, I pushed up my wristbands, pulled my collar to ease my neck, and finally pulled out my handkerchief to wipe my perspiring face. "How do we do this? While they are preserved everything is saved. He also points out the manner of obtaining pardon, and the cause of our cleansing, even because Christ expiated our sins by his blood; but he affirms that all the godly are undoubtedly partakers of this cleansing. Westcott (B. F.), The Historic Faith, 236. No hindrance must be offered to the light of truth and holiness with which our life is to be penetrated. Oh! Now it is a universal law that blood alone can redeem. , identified in thought with the blessed nature and substance of God himself. Ever afterwards till he died, this was his favourite verse: “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”2 [Note: W. J. Patton, Pardon and Assurance, 88.]. Sorry but we could not find a book similar enough to '' in the Bible. At the same time, this blasphemy advances much further among us; for as they say that their keys, by which they hold as shut up the remission of sins, open a treasure made up partly of the blood and merits of martyrs, and partly of the worlds of supererogation, by which any sinner may redeem himself, no remission of sins remains for them but what is derogatory to the blood of Christ; for if their doctrine stands, the blood of Christ does not cleanse us, but comes in, as it were, as a partial aid. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. Even though the body of sin crucified within us is dying its slow, difficult death, there is a great sense in which we are even now delivered from all evil. Flew, Studies in Browning, 193.]. through the Spirit purchased by his blood. Thus, fellowship with Christian brethren is dependant upon fellowship with the Father and Son (1 John 1:7). Compare 1 John 1:9, "cleanse us from all unrighteousness:" a further step besides 'forgiving us our sins.' Home > Study Desk. 9). We may have, and no doubt we will have, both sin and the sense of sin upon us—“if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”—but we may walk in the light nevertheless, if we deal truly with our sin; and it is only as we do so that we enjoy Christian fellowship and are cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Said a Scottish minister of the older days: “New spots call for new washing, so that this must be our very life and exercise to be daily and continually running to the fountain with our souls and giving Christ the great Purger much to do.” “The saint’s preparation for the duties of each day,” wrote Dr. Bonar, “is a fresh application to the blood, in which he bathes his conscience anew each morning as he rises.” So Robert McCheyne also wrote: “I ought to go to Christ for the forgiveness of each sin. When that divinely-bestowed power is complete, the sanctification is entire. "", "The thought is not of the forgiveness of sin only, but of the removal of sin. III. But no sooner is the stone turned and the wholesome light of day let upon the compressed and blinded community of creeping things, than all of them which enjoy the luxury of legs—and some of them have a good many—rush about wildly, butting each other and everything in their way, and end in a general stampede for underground retreats from the region poisoned by sunshine. Its tendency towards mutual association, so far from being an accidental phenomenon in its history, is inherent in its character. Walking in the light, as He is in the light.—What does this mean? One of the first evidences and signs of the coming of the Spirit of God—and His coming is the coming of the light in the heart—is a new discovery of the depth and reality of sin. They, indeed, leave some part to the blood of Christ; but when they assign merit to works, even in the least degree, they wholly subvert what John teaches here, as to the way of expiating sins, and of being reconciled to God. The statement of the writer to the Hebrews is strictly accurate,—“almost all things are by the law purged with blood” (Hebrews 9:22). We walk. This cleansing, so far as it is a work of sanctification, is not a momentary act, but a process which God carries forward till it ends in our perfect and everlasting holiness. Far in the background of these churches, like some unsubstantial semblance, lay the division between Jew and Gentile, Greek and Barbarian, great and small, rich and poor. Our guilt was taken away by the great Propitiation, when He suffered without the gate, and knew the withdrawings of God. Hopkins (E. H.), The Law of Liberty in the Spiritual Life, 121. Holiness is the comprehensive word which includes the whole discipline of life, the whole trust of the heart in God, and the continuous aspiration of the spirit after the perfectness of God’s own beauty.1 [Note: J. The believer recognizes that the power which acts upon him from without is the expression of a spiritual life. which finds no answer anywhere, Except in Him, who with Him power did bring, To make us feel our sin an alien thing.1 [Note: R. C. Trench, Poems, 143.]. The first verse that his eye lighted on was this: “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” “Cleanseth us from all sin?” said he. happiness hereafter, 1 John 3:3-10 and therefore we must obediently keep his commandments, 1 John 3:11-24 and love one another with true … ), Sermons (Brighton Pulpit), iv. It is hence evident, that no one leads a holy life, except he is united to God. It may take time for that effectiveness to break through, and there may even be times of stumbling, but eventually that salvation must fully break through. Blood’ cleanseth—We must beware of the great error of making this wonderful image of being washed and cleansed in the blood of Jesus a literality. This is the other side of the test of fellowship. We are all light unified. And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin; "according to" the light rather than "in" the light, he would have been requiring sinless perfection for fellowship with God. ], "The thought is not of the forgiveness of sin only, but of the removal of sin. However menial the work itself may be, it must be done with the utmost possible efficiency. Hopkins (E. H.), The Law of Liberty in the Spiritual Life, 121. For who can be imagined more miserable than that man whom God hates and abominates, and over whose head is suspended both the wrath of God and eternal death? 2. A metonymy is a figure of speech in which a writer uses the name of one thing for that of another associated with it or suggested by it. And then what heaven were better than a name, If there must haunt and cling unto us there, Dread doubt! Yet what is half done obtains no approval with God. John is not speaking about the fellowship of Christians with each other, but with the Father and his Son. It is not mere annulling of pains and penalties. As to the character which our work should bear, Browning’s teaching is clear beyond the shadow of a doubt. Proverbs 24:1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.. Ver. In short, remission of sins cannot be separated from repentance, nor can the peace of God be in those hearts, where the fear God does not prevail. This man can truly be said to be walking with the Lord because he is in the pathway that Jesus laid out for him. The sum of what is said, then, is, that the faithful know of a certainty, that they are accepted by God, because he has been reconciled to them through the sacrifice of the death of Christ. (7). The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. New Content: Bible Study Videos and Images from WordBoard. Once more, the law said that nothing less sacred than this consecrated blood might be used in the expiation of sin. (2) It is not mere remission.—It is not mere averting of the punishment. The essential part of every sin offering was the blood, because the blood is the life. The Gospel became at once a social message. This is God’s way of peace and holiness. They maintain that there only the blood of Christ avails; and they teach, that after baptism, God is not otherwise reconciled than by satisfactions. We share the light in which God dwells. 1 John 1:7. Flew, Studies in Browning, 193.]. To walk in the light means to live a life in which there is nothing hidden, nothing in which we are insincere with ourselves, nothing in which we seek to impose upon others. We might have thought that it should come first. He appealed to his instructor, and insisted that he must have concealed something. How natural was it for men to identify with light the good they felt at work in their hearts, and to mark by darkness the evil with which it had to strive! It is Christ"s death that cleanses us, not that Jesus" blood cleanses us like a kind of spiritual soap. ., pp60-61. In washing my body, I go over every spot and wash it out. We must be open and responsive to the light that we have, which increases as we grow in our knowledge of God"s will. . And if it does not we must ask if such a person is really ‘saved’, and ‘being saved’. Indeed, so natural is that expectation, that Dr. Plummer says, “The craving to make this verse the exact antithesis of the preceding one has generated another reading” as old as the second century—“We have fellowship with Him.” The real reason for the altered expression to be found in this verse is to be sought in the fact that fellowship with “one another” in the body of Christ is the human expression and result of all real fellowship with God. Thus it is, that all the saints have need of the daily forgiveness of sins; for this alone keeps us in the family of God. We share the light in which God dwells. [Note: Ryrie, p1467.] Our life is a unity. All sin—That is, from all guilt and practice of sin, not from all sinward liability or tendency, so but that apostasy is possible. Compare Revelation 7:14; Revelation 12:11; Hebrews 9:12-14. The Gospel became at once a social message. The night before he thought the room was fairly clean, now he saw its foulness; but the room had not changed during the night, it was only the light that had changed. Dale.]. “If our lives are filled with the light of purity and holiness, this shows the truthfulness of our claims to fellowship with the Father and the Son.”. But on the other hand the comforting thing about it is that if we are heavy laden with our sins, and are feeling aware of our guilt, we can come constantly to God’s light with a longing to be delivered, and cry to Him for forgiveness, then we can be certain sure of the cleansing that comes through the blood of Jesus. The blood of a sacrificed animal was thus first a thing of excellent worth in itself, being the life; and next a thing endowed with highest sanctity, because it now belonged to God. 2. He will not countenance any shuffling, any inferior expedients for completing the task allotted, simply with a view to getting through it. on StudyLight.org Faith applies the cleansing, purifying blood. For the removal of moral defilement, however—for the purposes of an atonement—nothing but the consecrated blood was efficacious. It is Christ"s death that cleanses us, not that Jesus" blood cleanses us like a kind of spiritual soap. And sacrifice includes cleansing and satisfaction. 1 John 1, Ironside's Notes on Selected Books, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, like many of Ironside's writings, are a standard that has stood the test of time "There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from In manuel's veins; And sinners plunge beneath that flood, lose all their guilt stains.". Redeemed by one sacrifice for sins for ever, they share one life, for Christ is their life; one ambition, for His glory is their highest desire; one food, for His Word and His Table are their sustenance; one faith, for all their hope is built on His Blood and righteousness, not on their own; one task, for the evangelization of the world is the work which He has left His Church to do; one heart, for if one member suffers all the members, so far as membership is real and vital, and not merely mechanical or even ecclesiastical, suffer with it; one in hope, for all are, if things are right with them, “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”; and with one rule of life, freely giving what has been freely received. But if we walk in darkness, we lose this fellowship! For the Apostle here addresses the faithful; as doubtless no man has ever been, nor ever will be, who can otherwise please God, since all are guilty before him; for however strong a desire there may be in us of acting rightly, we always go haltingly to God. He minutely examined the water and the materials, which were in every respect similar to his own; and then, very much surprised, he said, “I have lost my labour and my money, for the air of England does not permit us to make good carmine.” “Stay,” said the Frenchman; “what kind of weather do you manufacture in? WALKING in the light, the element in which God IS, is the test of fellowship with Him. The little rushlight was not light enough to reveal all the dirt of the room, but when the sunlight of heaven came streaming in the revelation was made in a moment.1 [Note: G. S. Barrett, The First Epistle General of St. John, 50.]. He now says, that the proof of our union with God is certain, if we are conformable to him; not that purity of life conciliates us to God, as the prior cause; but the Apostle means, that our union with God is made evident by the effect, that is, when his purity shines forth in us. We are all light unified. The essential part of every sin offering was the blood, because the blood is the life. 1 John 4:5. Makes as clean. Banks, John and his Friends, 21.]. Forbes (A. P.), Sermons on the Grace of God, 75. Behold the Lamb of God, etc. "One another" evidently means God and us rather than our fellow believers and us in view of the context. They pour effectual prayers, they strongly plead for me. Our life is a unity. Why, Tom, there’s not a stain left and I never saw your linen look so white, it is as white as the driven snow.”1 [Note: Thomas Calder.]. ., pp60-61.]. The blood symbolizes God’s act in Christ to set men free. A manufacturer of carmine, who was aware of the superiority of the French colour, went to Lyons and bargained with the most celebrated manufacturer in that city for the acquisition of his secret. For when God saves He makes His salvation effective. The preaching which laid hold of the outer man, detaching him from the world, and uniting him to his God, was also a preaching of solidarity and brotherliness. It may, however, be asked, “Who among men can so exhibit the light of God in his life, as that this likeness which John requires should exist; for it would be thus necessary, that he should be wholly pure and free from darkness.” To this I answer, that expressions of this kind are accommodated to the capacities of men; he is therefore said to be like God, who aspires to his likeness, however distant from it he may as yet be. By cleansing we mean making that pure which before was foul, and this is what we attribute to the Blood of Christ. If, then, we desire to have God propitious to us, so as to forgive our sins, we ought not to forgive ourselves. The example ought not to be otherwise applied than according to this passage. Turning them out for the washing, my mother brought them to me to show me how I had stained them, saying mortal hands could never wash them white again. 7. And so the King’s last words were “Thanks be to Jesus.”3 [Note: John S. The Christian"s walk should be in the light. Pardon may mean, in some cases, where not fully understood and realized, mere innocence. By sweeping into eternal darkness the race that had transgressed the Divine commandments? It implies purity, truth, transparency; and all these are as. 584. Likewise the blood of Christ is ever present to cleanse away the mistake and incidental sins that a true Chris tian does. Bereft of light, all life would languish. Истинный христианин не ходит во тьме, но только в свете (2Кор. 1 John 1:3). If God is light and we come to Him but are not affected by that light, the question is, have we come to Him at all, or simply to a god of our own imagination? [Note: Barker, p310; Westcott, p20.]. Cope (F. L.), A North Country Preacher, 1. Vaughan (J. John continually stresses this uniqueness of Jesus, for there were those who failed to recognise it. 1. There was a Bible lying on the table, and he took it up just to while away the time. Next year you will find the grass growing tall and green where the stone lay; the ground-bird builds her nest where the beetle had its hole; the dandelion and the buttercup are growing there; and the broad fans of insect-angels open and shut over their golden disks, as the rhythmic waves of blissful consciousness pulsate through their glorified being.1 [Note: O. W. Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, ch. Dependence is, indeed, an inexorable law of natural life. 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. For these two things can never harmonize together, to be cleansed by the blood of Christ, and to be cleansed by works: for John assigns not the half, but the whole, to the blood of Christ. We walk. John 1:7 The same came for a witness. This cleansing, so far as it is a work of sanctification, is not a momentary act, but a process which God carries forward till it ends in our perfect and everlasting holiness. On the morning of the washing day a bill was passed into our door. ], This was the text that God blessed to give peace to Hedley Vicars, that dashing young officer who died at Sebastopol leading on his soldiers, and crying out, “This way, men of the 97th!” He had before this been a careless young man; but one day he went to a brother officer’s room, and found him not within. It is some kind of secrecy—which no doubt has its motive in sin—that is meant by darkness, and this gives us the key to walking in the light. Men must be dependent on one another. J. And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin; "according to" the light rather than "in" the light, he would have been requiring sinless perfection for fellowship with God. Dewhurst (E. M.), The King and His Servants, 191. To lose them would be to lose what is most characteristic and what is most essential in all that He has revealed to mankind. The blood symbolizes God’s act in Christ to set men free. 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