What does it mean to walk in the light? What happens if one is not walking in the light? How does one stay walking in the light? Why is it important to be walking in the light? The first epistle of John gives the answers to these questions, and that is what this post will be about today.
What does it mean to walk in the light?
1 John 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.
John reminds his readers that God is light, and that He has no darkness is in Him. The light is representative of holiness, and darkness is the example used here for sin. Walking in the light then, would mean to walk in the path of God’s holiness, and not stepping out of the light into the darkness.
What does it mean to not walk in the light?
1 John 1:6 – If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
If a person walks in darkness, and not in the light, they do not have fellowship with God and are not following the truth. What then is darkness? Darkness, in this sense, could be defined as anything not following the principles of the Bible; a few examples would be worldly music, vulgar speech, and rebellion against authority.
Why stay walking in the light?
1 John 1:7 – 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 walk in the light, we have fellowship with Jesus Christ. Perhaps this is overlooked by Christians sometimes. Christians have fellowship with the God of the universe! Think of this. If one is in fellowship with God, they will be protected by the God who created the universe! Walking in the light is all God asks, which is simple obedience, and every Christian should be willing to follow.