My devotional had recently taken me through the epistles of John and it was my first time studying them all in any depth. I have a tendency to think of various books, in their entirety, as being more complex and daunting than they really are. However, John’s letters have a simple yet profound message. One of the recurring themes is that the love of God must be manifest in us through our love and devotion to the brethren. There’s much to discover so let’s get to it.
In 1 John 1:5 we read:
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.
Light, in the context of this letter, means perfect truth and goodness. John wrote in his gospel that Jesus said of Himself, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Jesus was the very embodiment of truth and goodness. His judgments were true, as it says later in John 8, and He always did what pleased the Father. He never hid Himself or His plans from God in shame or arrogance. Everything was laid bare and there was no barrier between them. This allowed them to enjoy the most intimate relationship. We should not look at that as an unattainable dream but a model for our own lives.
When we accept the gospel we enter into the fellowship with the church, walking in the light of God. Where there is light there can be fellowship but where there is darkness there can be no fellowship. John is telling the brethren that they can have this fellowship with him, and the brethren, by receiving this message which he himself had heard. Walk in the light and confess your sins and you will be cleansed from all unrighteousness.
This verse is the inspiration for the hymn, “Heavenly Sunlight.” The song is one that I’ve always enjoyed and I recently came across a different rendition that has more soul. Ever since I first heard this hymn it has always been associated in my mind with this passage. The video is filmed in a church and they do not begin singing until 0:57.