“What it is to ‘walk in the light’ is explained by vs. 8-10. ‘All things… are made manifest by the light’ (Eph. 5:13). The presence of God brings the consciousness of sin in the nature (v. 8), and sins in the life (vs. 9, 10). The blood of Christ is the divine provision for both. To walk in the light is to live in fellowship with the Father and the Son. Sin interrupts, but confession restores that fellowship. Immediate confession keeps the fellowship unbroken.“
(C. I. Scofield, D.D., note on I John 1:7, given by C. I. Scofield, D.D., and found at the bottom of page 1321 of The Scofield Study Bible. Bold print added for particular emphasis.)
The following is I John 1:7 – 10. (The numbering has been added, and the two necessary actions steps have been underlined, to clarify the simplicity needed for the consistent maintenance of a powerful holy fellowship both with God and amidst his people. Hallelujah!)
- 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.
- If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.