Principles for participation in Christ (continued)
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7, NIV. The “purifies us from all sin” could also be translated, “purifies us from every sin.” The “sin” here refers to sin against the law or a specific command. The “light” of which John speaks, represents Truth, Morality, and Holiness. The yielded believers always demonstrate the reality of their fellowship with God in the righteous manner of life. To walk in the light and have the fellowship with God is only possible if we are in Jesus Christ. God is the spirit, John 4:24; therefore, the light we are to walk in is spirit also. However, our walk in this light is demonstrated in bodily form, in our daily living. God, who is light, lives in all His fullness in Jesus Christ, in bodily form; therefore, if we are in Christ, then the light lives in bodily form in us also. Colossians 2:9. The “fullness,” for Paul, meant the totality of God with all His powers and attributes.
Walking in the light is possible only if we are a new creation in Jesus Christ. The “old self” could never demonstrate the fullness of God in bodily form because it sinned and became incapable to do what is good. By making a willful and a deliberate, intelligent (spirit) decision, in the garden of Eden, the humankind lost the ability to do good. From that point on it could only do evil, whether it wanted to do so or not. “Can Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.” Jeremiah 13:23, NIV. Nature also demonstrates this fact to us. Experiments with subatomic particles, electron for example, clearly shows this to be so. When an intelligent selection between two options is made the option not selected ceases to exist instantly. When the humankind chose the evil, in the garden of Eden, the “good” became unavailable to it forever.
The only way we could walk in the light is by making a deliberate, intelligent choice to remain in Jesus Christ so that He can live in us. “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:19, 20, NIV. The “new birth” is the change in our attitude. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:5 – 7, NIV. When our attitude is changed, we have a new mind and, therefore a new way of thinking. The thoughts of the “old person” are never a part of the new-born person. We are made new in the attitude of our mind when, by trusting Jesus, we crucify our old self. Ephesians 4:22 -24. The change in attitude is possible because God, in Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha, forgave us all our sins; He removed our sin from us and made us holy in His eyes. Colossians 2:13, 14. Not only did God cancel, nail to the cross, the accusations of us by the law, but He also disarmed the evil angels. “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians. 2:15, NIV.
Continued in the next blog.