"If we walk in the light, as He is in the light."- John 1:7
As He is in the light! Can we ever attain to this? Shall we ever be able to walk as clearly in the light as He is whom we call "Our Father," of whom it is written, "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all"? Certainly, this is the model which it set before us, for the Savior
Himself said, "Be ye perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is
perfect"; and although we may feel that we can never rival the
perfection of God, yet we are to seek after it, and never to be
satisfied until we attain to it.
The youthful artist, as he grasps his early pencil, can hardly hope to
equal Raphael or Michael Angelo, but still, if he did not have a noble
beau ideal before his mind, he would only attain to something very mean
But what is meant by the expression that the Christian is to walk in
light as God is in the light? We conceive it to import likeness, but not
degree. We are as truly in the light, we are as heartily in the light,
we are as sincerely in the light, as honestly in the light, though we cannot be there in the same measure. I cannot dwell in the sun, it is too bright a place for my residence, but I can walk in the light of the sun; and so, though I cannot attain to that perfection of purity and truth which belongs to the Lord of hosts by nature as the infinitely good, yet I can set the Lord always before me, and strive, by the help of the indwelling Spirit, after conformity to His image.
That famous old commentator, John Trapp, says, "We may be in the light as God is in the light for quality, but not for equality." We are to have the same light, and are as truly to have it and walk in it as God does, though, as for equality with God in His holiness and purity, that must be left until we cross the Jordan and enter into the perfection of the Most High.
Meditation on 2 Samuel 23:5. God has pledged Himself to me, and sealed
the compact with the blood of Jesus. I am bound to my God and my God to
What Did Jesus Really Say?
But the essence of Jesusí teachings comes through loud and clear, over and over, to anyone who takes the time to distill his wisdom from the gospels.
Chosen Ones - Cleansed in
the Furnace of Affliction
We are chosen as an afflicted people and not as a prosperous people,
chosen not in the palace but in the furnace.
Submission to the will of God
All things are safe in Jehovah's hands; what we entrust to the Lord will
be secure, both now and in that day of days towards which we are
Are we clean?
To have "part with" our Lord and Savior, we must take part in continual