1 John 1:5-9 (KJV)
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
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.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The subject of this chapter is light.
- God is light and in him is no darkness.
- If we walk in the light we have fellowship one with another.
- Even the description given of Christ (using the word manifested) means light, open, revealed not hidden.
It is in this context that we should understand 1 John 1:9. To confess our sins is to reveal them to God and it is by revealing them that we walk in light. It is by bringing them out into the open, by uncovering them before Go,d that we walk in the light and his blood cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:1-9 How To Walk in the Light
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