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from that holy place by them, we have the assurance that full provision has been made for
this very uncleanness. And we learn to our joy (I John 1: 4) that not only have we been
sanctified once and for all in the offering of Christ, that not only may we look forward to
the day when we shall be presented holy, but that it is gloriously true that in the
continuing present "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son is cleansing us from all sin". The
symbolic washing of John 13:, with the Lord's differentiation between the one bathing
that renders the believer "clean every whit", and the daily cleansing of the feet that
contact with the world and our present imperfect condition render necessary, helps us to
appreciate the teaching of I John 1: 7.
Not only is the walk in view, but fellowship: "We have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." So, in the Gospel, the
Lord had said: "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with Me" (John 13: 8). If we wait
until we "have no sin" before we "walk in the light", we shall never in this life know
fellowship with God. We are invited to walk in the light with the assurance that daily
cleansing is provided.
Grace is so far beyond our ordinary thoughts that there is always the likelihood, as the
apostle Paul knew only too well, that some will say, "Shall we continue in sin that grace
may abound?" So in I John 1: 7. There is no minimizing of sin, but rather detestation of
it. Even the redeemed, who are so at one with the Lord that a description of their unity
seems to exhaust the resources of language (John 17:), even they must realize that sin is
so deep-dyed, so part of our very nature, that even those who walk in the light and have
fellowship with God cannot dispense with the continual cleansing of His precious blood.
So, in I John 2: 1, the apostle checks any false conclusions that may have been forming
in the minds of some by saying:--
"My little children, these things write I unto you, in order that you may not sin. And
if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous."
The word here translated "Advocate" is paraclete, which in John's Gospel is
translated "Comforter". If we read I John 2: 1 in the light of Heb. 7: 25, we shall see
that the high-priestly intercession is in view here rather than the pleading of an advocate
in a court of law. Cleansing has no place in a court of law; it pertains to the temple, to
access, worship, and fellowship.
There is an O.T. passage which should be read with I John 1: 7 because it illuminates
other facets of the truth regarding the important question of sin, confession and cleansing
and the presence of the Lord. It hardly seems fitting, however, to attempt to crowd its
message in at the end of an article, and we therefore reserve comment upon this passage
for our next paper.