If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 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. I John 1:6-7
Are we walking in the light with Him? Walking with Jesus is not something that we should approach casually or intermittently. “Walk” comes from the Greek peripateo, which means to “walk around”. It is a reference to our entire lifestyle. Literally, everywhere we go and everything we do should be done in the light of the presence of Jesus.
Our fellowship is defined by light.
There are times when we may wish we could determine the terms of our fellowship with Christ. We must, however, “walk in the light as He is in the light”. We cannot expect Jesus to follow after us for the sake of fellowship. While He pursues us in terms of relationship, maintaining fellowship is our responsibility.
Neither is it appropriate for us to see how closely we can walk to the darkness and still be considered to be in the light. Our pathway in the light must be in the footsteps of Christ. This is revealed through the truth of God’s Word. David declared, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
Our fellowship is demonstrated by love.
Notice how our fellowship with Christ translates into fellowship with others. This would indicate that there are vertical and horizontal aspects of fellowship. For the horizontal fellowship with other believers to be right, our vertical fellowship with Christ must be right. Continued trouble in our fellowship with other believers is usually an indication that something is out of line in our walk with God.
We will find that when our fellowship with Christ is correctly aligned, it puts within us a capacity to love others to a degree that is beyond our inherent ability. We know this to be true as love is the firstfruit of the Spirit. Paul described this also in Rom. 5:5, “…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Our fellowship is developed in liberation.
The only thing that hinders our fellowship with Christ is sin. Sin is characteristic of the darkness and will cause us to veer from the light if we do not confess it. As we walk in the light, we may indeed stumble, but the blood of Jesus Christ is at work, continually cleansing us from that which defiles.
The cleansing that is done here is not a superficial washing, but is cathartic in its nature. Jesus continually purifies us from the inside out, removing from our spirit the stains that the sins of the flesh have left. The more He cleans us, the more He liberates us from the effects of sin in our lives, thus enhancing the sweetness of the fellowship we can share with Him.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep, as do other; but let us watch and be sober. I Thess. 5:5-6