God's Light Verses 8-10 (Cont'd)
Verse 8: John answers the claim the second claim which boils down to:
"immoral conduct does not issue in sin for one who knows God" 2
As believers, since we walk in light, we must tell the truth. Truth is that
we are not without sin. When a believer says that he never sins, he lies,
because he does sin. It is a little like receiving a medal for humility.
As soon as you receive it, you lose it, because by taking it, you are no
longer humble." 1
Verses 9-10: John answers the next claim, which Baker describes as:
"the knowledge of God removes sin as even a possibility in the life of the
But John has a solution for the sin in our lives. He says we are to confess
it. If Christians don't sin, why do they need to confess? When we confess,
God not only forgives the specific sin repented of, but those of which we
Now I have heard it said that Christ died on the cross. Our sins are forgiven.
We therefore no longer need to ask for forgiveness, because the penalty for
our sin has been paid. But John says we sin and must ask forgiveness. Why?
First John says that fellowship is a product of walking in light. Truth is
proof of light. Lying is proof of darkness. Darkness prevents fellowship
with God. Therefore, if we deny our sin, if we don't confess it, we are out
of fellowship with God. Apparently, some of the false teachers, whom John
was contracting, taught that "Christians" are without sin. Unfortunately
there are some well-accepted teachers today who essentially make this same
claim. The argument is that since we are forgiven and have eternal life,
than why do we need to ask forgiveness? They even reject a proper understanding
of this passage.
They ignore the difference between positional and practical perfection. But
John says the very claim to sinless is a claim that makes God a liar. God
says we do sin. Keep in mind that this passage is not written to the unbeliever.
It is written to believers