“If we walk in the light, as He is in the light.” – 1 John 1:7
As He is in the light! Can we ever attain to this Beloved? Shall we ever be able to walk as clearly in the light as He is whom we call “Our Father,” of whom it is written, “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all”? Certainly, this is the model which it set before us, for the Saviour Himself said, “Be ye perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect”; and although we may feel that we can never rival the perfection of God, yet we are to seek after it, and never to be satisfied until we attain to it. But what is meant by the expression that the Christian is to walk in light as God is in the light?
We conceive it to import likeness, but not degree. We are as truly in the light, we are as sincerely in the light, as honestly in the light, though we cannot be there in the same measure. We cannot dwell in the sun Beloved, it is too bright a place for our residence, but we can walk in the light of the sun; and so, though we cannot attain to that perfection of purity and truth which belongs to the Lord of hosts by nature as the infinitely good, yet we can set the Lord always before us, and strive, by the help of the indwelling Spirit, after conformity to His image. Therefore Beloved, the scriptures do rightly declare, that the blessings of sacred fellowship and perfect cleansing are bound up with our walking in the light.