That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 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.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
In the opening of 1 John, the prologue, verses 1-4, we are given the purpose for the writing of this letter which is to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ of which they experienced first hand. He explains that they have heard, seen, and more over that what they have observed through careful observation and found to be true is that Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God. It is through the following proclamation and testimony that they desire to be joined in fellowship by those who read this letter and extend an invitation to join them in fellowship with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ in which they have received joy beyond measure. We have been invited into the same fellowship as all those who have read this letter. We have been invited to join into fellowship with God.
Immediately following the prologue we learn that the message to us as received through the Living Word, Jesus Christ, is that God is light and there is no darkness within him and that if we want to be a part of his body that we cannot walk in darkness. The darkness is referring to sin, specifically our sin in this passage. So those who are walking in darkness are those who know that they are sinning and yet are liars in saying that they are walking in the light or in righteousness. For many of us this can become an ensnarement for us in that Satan wants us to deny that we need help or that we have done anything wrong. Our flesh desires to preserve itself to keep from getting hurt or showing weakness, but God calls us to expose all darkness that is within us because in him their is no darkness.
Darkness is simply an absence of light but the amazing thing about darkness is that no matter how dark it is that when any amount of light is lit within the darkness immediately looses. Think about this for a moment…if you are sitting outside on a bright summer’s day in the sun and there is a speck of darkness near you will it be easily seen? Now think about the reverse for a second. Let’s say that you are sitting in complete darkness, let’s say in a cave, where there is absolutely no light what so ever. It is dark all around you, it is so dark that you literally cannot see your hand as you press it against your face. Now imagine a firefly approaching in the distance… You see the light of God is so powerful that even when we are completely surrounded by darkness and cannot see it only takes the smallest spark of light to be able to see the light, then when we see the light we are to follow it and be guided out from the darkness. Of course the problem is that when we are in the light the darkness becomes less visible, even though it is still there. But there is hope because God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins when we confess them so much so that he cleanses us from all unrighteousness, he makes us completely clean. That means that through the blood of Jesus Christ we are free from all that we have confessed and will be freed from all that we have yet to confess. All that we have to do is confess and be honest with ourselves, with others, and with God because if we say that we have not sinned we make God out to be a liar and therefore his word is not in us and we are not in Him.