If we walk in the light, as He is in the light

“If we walk in the light, as He is in the light.” John 1:7

As He is in the light! Can we ever attain to this? Shall we ever be able to walk as clearly in the light as He is whom we call “Our Father,” of whom it is written, “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all”? Certainly, this is the model which it set before us, for the Saviour Himself said, “Be ye perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect”; and although we may feel that we can never rival the perfection of God, yet we are to seek after it, and never to be satisfied until we attain to it.

The youthful artist, as he grasps his early pencil, can hardly hope to equal Raphael or Michael Angelo, but still, if he did not have a noble beau ideal before his mind, he would only attain to something very mean and ordinary. But what is meant by the expression that the Christian is to walk in light as God is in the light? We conceive it to import likeness, but not degree. We are as truly in the light, we are as heartily in the light, we are as sincerely in the light, as honestly in the light, though we cannot be there in the same measure. I cannot dwell in the sun, it is too bright a place for my residence, but I can walk in the light of the sun; and so, though I cannot attain to that perfection of purity and truth which belongs to the Lord of hosts by nature as the infinitely good, yet I can set the Lord always before me, and strive, by the help of the indwelling Spirit, after conformity to His image.

That famous old commentator, John Trapp, says, “We may be in the light as God is in the light for quality, but not for equality.” We are to have the same light, and are as truly to have it and walk in it as God does, though, as for equality with God in His holiness and purity, that must be left until we cross the Jordan and enter into the perfection of the Most High. Mark that the blessings of sacred fellowship and perfect cleansing are bound up with walking in the light.

2 thoughts on “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light

  1. Reblogged this on Jesus Christ Delivers and commented:
    Luke 11:34-36

    34 The light of the body is the eye. Therefore, when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light. But when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
    35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
    36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.”

    How hard it is to walk in the light when people around us are walking in darkness? The light in us means love, compassion, kindness, forgiveness, holiness, no sin… If we think that even evil desire of our wicked heart, even anger, gossip, slander, all things that most people do every day, they all bring darkness into us, how hard it is to walk in the light? Do we have strenght to oppose those who birng gossip and slander into our life? Do we stop looking at evil images, movies, songs, when they jump at us from computer screens or TV? It is every day struggle and constant war against powers of darkness so that we can walk in the light of Jesus and His Holy Spirit filling us and helping us to win. Praise be to God for His Son Jesus Christ, who bought us with His blood and His blood cleanses us from all sins.


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