Moving on, verses seven says if we “walk” [same word in Greek: make progress or conduct one’s self…] in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with the Godhead and the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin. Did you see that? He tells us that you can be walking in the light and yet have sin in your life, in which case you will be cleansed from the unrighteousness by the blood of Jesus. This affirms to us that even as we walk in the light as children of God – we can falter and if we do, there is cleansing made available to us. Isn’t that good news?
We understand this more as John continues in verse eight that we deceive ourselves if we claim to have no sin in our lives and he shows us that if we fall vulnerable to sin – his love for and relationship with us is not broken but rather he is faithful to forgive us if we talk to him about our unrighteousness (confess and ask him for forgiveness – 1 John 1:9).
Also note keenly that John in this argument never refers to Christians as sinners. Why? Because sin is not in our nature now. We bear the nature of righteousness. No amount of good deeds made us righteous when we were unsaved but Christ, thus no amount of sin will transfer you into being a sinner.
We are sealed in Christ and his righteousness is our righteousness. Then again, do not presume I am teaching licentiousness. If you think as such, then your mindset is still rooted in the Law and not Grace. John continues his message in chapter two stating that if any man sins, there is provision for that in Christ Jesus who has become our advocate interceding for us. With this knowledge, you cannot stay in condemnation.
Other reasons why we stay captured in condemnation is that we trust ourselves so much that we feel disappointed in our ability when we sin. Always remember that the finished work of God is embedded inChrist Jesus and not in our might. Hebrews 12.2 says we ought to look to Jesus – He is the leader and the source of our faith and is also its finisher – He brings it to maturity and perfection [AMP version]. Thus we cannot fix our gaze on our abilities in our walk of faith. Without him, we can do nothing (John 15.5), but glory to God that we have him and thus we ought to look onto him to achieve the impossible.
“Cursed is the strong one who depends on mere humans, who thinks he can make it in his muscle alone and set God aside as dead weight. He’s like a tumbleweed on the prairie, out of touch with the good earth. He lives rootless and aimless in a land where nothing grows.” Jeremiah 17.5 [MSG]
Make your journey of faith with Christ – It is much easier with him. Allow him to clean you and take away any guilt you encounter. Condemnation is a serious tool the devil thrives on to break the focus of believers. Maintaining focus in a Christian’s walk is a great aspect of spiritual warfare. Do not give the enemy arsenal to draw you back by staying in condemnation. Lay your focus on the grace and love of Christ Jesus. Confess your unrighteousness, ask for forgiveness, forgive yourself as well and keep walking – do not look back.
Paul knew this and he made the statements that “I am on my way, reaching out for Christ […] I’ve got my eye on the goal. […] I’m off and running and I’m not turning back.” Philippians 3.12-14. (MSG)
Romans 8:35 is captured beautifully in the Message Bible… “Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sin listed in Scripture: […]”
The love of God for us is great and so don’t focus on the lies of the enemy that accompanies condemnation. Your life as a believer is hidden in Christ so keep walking with him and when you fall, dust yourself up and keep walking. You are loved.
“There is now no condemnation – No adjudging guilty of wrong – for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life which is in Christ Jesus [The law of our new being], has freed me from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 [AMP]
Author: Mike Sarkodie [Pastor]