“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. 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. 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.” 1 John 1:5-9
Light is holiness; God is the source of holiness. There is no darkness, no imperfection, no sin in Him. If now, we profess to be Christians, but we live and behave as if we were still in the darkness, if we are addicted to sin, if we somehow serve sin and corruption, then our whole life is a lie. But if we walk in the light as Jesus is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If therefore we live a holy and righteous life, which is derived from the continuous light and power of His life, then there will be two happy consequences of such behavior. First, we are confident that we have fellowship with one another: we are closely joined to our heavenly Father by faith; We are united with the Holy Apostles and Christians of all time by the bond of the same faith. In the same way that a life of secular sin conduct of sin and shame, excludes the author from all communion with the saints of God and God himself, so a just and holy life lived by the power of God through faith unites us ever closer to the Lord and to each other. At the same time, we are also confident that the blood of Jesus, our Savior, God's Son, cleanses us from all sin. Despite the weaknesses and imperfections of this earthly life, despite the many accusations and temptations by the devil and the children of this world, we have forgiveness of sins. Jesus shed his blood for us. Always, always, constantly, we have forgiveness of sins are righteous and just and holy before God through the blood of Jesus, which is always effective; in the case of every sin we have forgiveness, which is always and never offered and transmitted to us in the Word and Sacrament and accepted by us in faith. He forgives us our sins for Christ, which cleanses us from all our imperfections and evils, the sins that still cling to us and behind us in fulfilling the will of God. This can be done because the righteousness of Christ is sufficient to compensate for all crimes. If Christ were still in the grave, then our hope would be in vain; but with the risen Christ exalted at the right hand of God, we can be courageous in faith. Amen.
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