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. 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 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. I John 1:5-7 (Emphasis supplied).
The key to judgment is fellowship with God. This is because God is light and the closer our fellowship with Him the more He sheds his light on the sinfulness of our human (fleshly) nature. The more we walk in the light that God sheds the more righteous we become because of the cleansing blood of Jesus. However, in order for this to happen we must agree with the light (v.6). Verses 8-10 tell us how to do that by saying:
1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
This tells us that the key to fellowship with God is agreement with God. Therefore, as God reveals more of the everlasting gospel through present truth it will reveal more of our sinfulness and our absolute need of Jesus. Before we can be forgiven and cleansed by that truth we must agree with God’s judgment about our sinfulness. However, agreement with God is not as easy as it sounds because it requires something that doesn’t come naturally to us. In Galatians 2:20 Paul tells us what that something is:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
This lets us know that agreement with God is an act of complete surrender to Jesus so He can not only forgive us but also cleanse of that sin (s) by reproducing His righteous life in us. In order for Jesus to do this He must first crucify our sinful flesh and then raise us up to walk in the newness of His life within us. This is what it means to walk in the Spirit.
So, the more God reveals our sinfulness through the revelation of present truth, the more we understand the everlasting gospel and our need of Jesus: The more we understand our sinfulness and our need of Jesus the more we will agree with God’s judgment and allow Jesus to reproduce His righteous life in us: The more we surrender all and allow Jesus to reproduce His righteous life in us the more we will walk in the Spirit: The more we walk in the Spirit the more we will worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters and the more we do that, the more we will Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.
Next week I am going to begin to discuss the key role the 4th commandment will play in God’s final revelation of present truth. Until then, I put you in remembrance of the first part of the present truth for this generation:
14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.