Thursday, July 12, 2018

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  1 John 1:7 (NKJV)

Have you ever been snorkel swimming in a crystal-clear river or lake?  You are surrounded by water on all sides.  When one surrenders to the teachings of God’s word and is immersed into Jesus, God adds that person to the saved (Acts 2:42, 47).  One is in the body of Christ (Galatians 3:26-27).  He is “in the light,” has “fellowship” with others who are saved, and “the blood of Jesus . . . cleanses” him “from all sins.”  That blood surrounds him as water does a diver!

Is that “in Christ” individual perfect because he never sins?  John says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  (V.8).   John informs us that we do sin “in Christ.”  Because we do, we need to “confess our sins.”  Are we still “in Christ” when that confessing becomes necessary?  Some say, “Yes,” while others firmly say “No.”

Allow me to return to that snorkeling adventure where you are surrounded by water.  When one is in the body of Jesus, he is surrounded by Jesus’ saving blood just as the swimmer is surrounded by water.  Some seem to overlook that important detail!

John stated, “If we walk in the light.”  When is a person “in the light”?  When God adds him to the saved!  That individual was a lost sinner.  Now he is a saved one.  He lies to himself, others, and God if he claims that as a Christian, he does not sin.  Those sins mentioned by John are committed by one who is “in the light.”  Yet, despite our imperfections, that cleansing blood that embraces us continually removes those sins.  That’s why the saved sinner needs to remain “in the light.”  He remains where he is continually cleansed.  Some chose to not remain (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:25-29).  We are not in that group (Hebrews 10:39).  Therefore, I am not referring to one who chooses to leave the light with no desire to return.  I am referring to that group that is imperfect but relies upon Jesus sacrificial blood to keep them in fellowship with the Father!  Our perfection is ingrained in Jesus and what he did for us at the cross!

“In Christ” we have fellowship with other saved sinners.  We rejoice together in the fact that Jesus’ blood keeps us cleansed.  God’s grace has provided this cleansing place for all sinners who will come to Jesus.  This is not a license to sin but is God’s cleansing power to keep us in fellowship with one another and with Him (Romans 6:1-23)!  Without that cleansing, we would no longer be saved.

Some believe that their imperfections are mightier than Jesus’ blood.  They believe that with each act of sin, mental or physical, one is cast outside the body of Jesus and returned to the kingdom of darkness!  Hell holds the lost sinner captive until he repents and asks God for His forgiveness.  He remains in the kingdom of darkness until the very last syllable of confession exits his mouth.  Once the sinner’s prayer is completed, he is returned to the saved until the next slip up!  Sin being what it is, and flesh being as weak as it is, the salvation of this sinner is always in question!  With each new failure in perfection, the individual is rewarded with hopelessness and fear.  If he is to be assured of salvation, his actions must be quicker than that speeding bullet which Superman outruns!

John’s message dispels that lack of faith.  “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  The blood of Jesus surrounds us like that swimmer’s water.  If the swimmer makes a mistake, he is still surrounded by water.  Jesus’ blood not only keeps us cleansed but keeps us from losing our salvation in Christ Jesus.

Are you bathing in Jesus’ blood?