1Jn_1:4. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
Some Christians have joy, but there are only a few drops in the bottom of their cup; but the Scriptures were written, and more especially the doctrine of an Incarnate God is revealed to us that our joy may be full. Why, if you have nothing else to make you glad, the fact that Jesus has become brother to you, arrayed in your flesh, should make your joy full.
1Jn_1:5. 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.
Not a light, nor the light, though he is both, but that he is light. Scripture uses the term light for knowledge, for purity, for prosperity, for happiness, and for truth. God is light, and then in his usual style John, who not only bells you a truth, but always guards it, adds, “in whom is no darkness at all.”
1Jn_1:6. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.
Mark here, this does not mean walking in the darkness of sorrow, for there are many of God’s people that walk in the darkness of doubts and fears, and yet they have fellowship with God; nay, they sometimes have fellowship with Christ all the better for the darkness of the path along which they walk; but the darkness here meant is the darkness of sin, the darkness of untruthfulness. If I walk in a lie, or walk in sin, and then profess to have fellowship with God, I have lied, and do not the truth.
1Jn_1:7. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,
Not to the same degree, but in the same manner.
1Jn_1:7. We have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
So you see that when we walk the best, when we walk in the light as he is in the light, when our fellowship is of the highest order, yet still we want daily cleansing. It does not say — mark this, O my soul — it does not. If say, The blood of Jesus Christ “cleansed,” but “cleanseth.” guilt return, his power may be proved again and again; there is no fear that all my daily slips and shortcomings shall be graciously removed by this precious blood. But there are some who think they are perfectly sanctified and have no sin.
This exposition consisted of readings from Psalms 130; 1Jn_1:4-7.