For when God saves He makes His salvation effective. ), The Spirit-Filled Life, 11. “And is there really something that can cleanse away all my sins? That blood is con stantly flowing (figuratively) through the body or church of the Lord Jesus Christ. A metonymy is a figure of speech in which a writer uses the name of one thing for that of another associated with it or suggested by it. We are all light unified. (3) The Blood cleanses continuously.—It cleanses when we first come to Jesus, but it continues to cleanse every day we live. The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. 1:12, 23) и очищение от греха происходит постоянно (ср. The landlord, with a rushlight, showed him to what looked like a fairly clean and comfortable room, and the weary and soaked traveller was glad to get rid of his wet things and to have them dried by the morning. Soon after I was converted I bought a cyclostyle so that I could make many copies of my own Gospel messages and bills. Holiness denotes vitality of sympathy as between the soul and God. Please correct your query and try again. He has come to suffer instead of to punish. —We must beware of the great error of making this wonderful image of being, washed and cleansed in the blood of Jesus, into which our bodies or souls are plunged. Flew, Studies in Browning, 193.]. on StudyLight.org 2 John 1:13 - The children of your chosen sister greet you. By cleansing we mean making that pure which before was foul, and this is what we attribute to the Blood of Christ. ст. It is a direct allusion to the Passion of Christ that we find in the Fifty-first Psalm, where David says, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean”; that is, sprinkle me as the high priest sprinkled the victim, with the Blood of Christ, and I shall be clean—clean from the defilement and pollution of sin and its consequences. The night before he thought the room was fairly clean, now he saw its foulness; but the room had not changed during the night, it was only the light that had changed. 1 John 3:1,2 It is a mark of God’s singular love toward us, that. Even though the body of sin crucified within us is dying its slow, difficult death, there is a great sense in which we are even now delivered from all evil. , identified in thought with the blessed nature and substance of God himself. John continually stresses this uniqueness of Jesus, for there were those who failed to recognise it. He therefore did not choose to trust them to the written Gospels, which would preserve the memory of His life and His ministry; He did not choose to trust them to the oral teachings of the Apostles or to the Epistles which they were to write; He instituted a pathetic service, a visible ceremonial, to enshrine, to protect them, to perpetuate them through all generations.1 [Note: R. W. For when God saves He makes His salvation effective. Compare 1 John 1:9, "cleanse us from all unrighteousness:" a further step besides 'forgiving us our sins.' That may be some people’s notion of pardon. There is no vat of actual blood into which our bodies or souls are plunged. 1 John 4:5. But no sooner is the stone turned and the wholesome light of day let upon the compressed and blinded community of creeping things, than all of them which enjoy the luxury of legs—and some of them have a good many—rush about wildly, butting each other and everything in their way, and end in a general stampede for underground retreats from the region poisoned by sunshine. Makes as clean. that our sins are, upon our faith, forgiven us on account of the death of Christ; and, that the Holy Spirit being given in consequence of that death, does, in the completeness of that work, so strengthen and energize our moral and spiritual powers that we are able to reject temptation and avoid sin; and just in the measure and fulness of that power in exercise is the entireness of our sanctification. He is anxious to protect his fellow-disciples against the subtle errors by which he sees them surrounded. Compare John 13:10, 'He that has been bathed [ leloumenos (Greek #3068)] needeth not save to wash [ nipsasthai (Greek #3538)] his feet, but is clean every whit.' 1:12, 23) и очищение от греха происходит постоянно (ср. This refers to the Father. Pardon may mean, in some cases, where not fully understood and realized, mere innocence. Compare 1 John 2:6. one with another = with one another. 1:27). One flaw makes its influence felt everywhere, prevents the perfection of the whole—more than that, hinders any true advancement towards perfection: Calls for correction by a step we thought. God also suffered greatly that He might greatly redeem. Patton (W. Истинный христианин не ходит во тьме, но только в свете (2Кор. So far as sin is a matter of guilt before God, it is taken away even to the last relic of evil, and we walk with God in the light, having our conversation above the skies. Dependence is, indeed, an inexorable law of natural life. When he bids us “walk in the light,” he means, as already said, that our whole life should be influenced thereby, our thoughts and acts, the outer as well as the inner man; our life is to be illuminated through that hallowing and transfiguring light which comes from God, and which illuminates us in Christ Jesus. Walking in the light produces a genuine fellowship. Thus, fellowship with Christian brethren is dependant upon fellowship with the Father and Son (1 John 1:7). All sin—That is, from all guilt and practice of sin, not from all sinward liability or tendency, so but that apostasy is possible. Two things are equally true of believers who walk in the light according to this verse: we enjoy fellowship with God, and we are experiencing cleansing from every sin. That may be some people’s notion of pardon. His blood (His effective sacrifice on our behalf) will cleanse us continually from all sin, known or unknown and we will be kept wholly clean in His sight. (1) The Son of God is of one and the selfsame eternity or everlastingness, and of one and the selfsame essence or nature with the Father. It is given to those who walk in the light as God is in the light, seeking daily to know and do all God’s will. Forbes (A. P.), Sermons on the Grace of God, 75. A witness is wanted in the period of ignorance and darkness. It is a direct allusion to the Passion of Christ that we find in the Fifty-first Psalm, where David says, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean”; that is, sprinkle me as the high priest sprinkled the victim, with the Blood of Christ, and I shall be clean—clean from the defilement and pollution of sin and its consequences. “The blood of Jesus cleanseth” comes last in the verse. For saints this dependence is transfigured into fellowship. Even in the Old Testament, light is the chosen figure for purity, truth, and life; darkness for impurity, falsehood, and death. There was a Bible lying on the table, and he took it up just to while away the time. A communion ensues, which extends to the whole society of believers, and the members are linked each to each, as all are linked in heaven, by the same golden bands that bind them to the community on high and to their common Head, until the last link of the whole disappears from view, lost in the central light that surrounds the “unapproachable” throne of God. If we do come to God. And the blood of Jesus Christ After having taught what is the bond of our union with God, he now shews what fruit flows from it, even that our sins are freely remitted. Faith applies the cleansing, purifying blood. This not then apparent. It implies purity, truth, transparency; and all these are as. His men were called “Havelock’s saints.” “Yes,” said Sir Robert Sale, “and I wish the whole regiment were Havelock’s saints, for I never see a saint in the guardroom, or his name in the defaulter’s book.” On one occasion in Burmah, when an outpost was attacked by night, some of the troops being unfit for duty through drink, the General in command said, “Get the saints, you can depend on them, they are always sober.”1 [Note: Morning Watch, 1894, p. One of the first evidences and signs of the coming of the Spirit of God—and His coming is the coming of the light in the heart—is a new discovery of the depth and reality of sin. And there is no literal cleansing. Vaughan (J. And so the King’s last words were “Thanks be to Jesus.”3 [Note: John S. We are all light unified. The whole of his doctrine has been wickedly perverted by the sophists; for they imagine that pardon of sins is given us, as it were, in baptism. Banks, John and his Friends, 21.]. It may take time for that effectiveness to break through, and there may even be times of stumbling, but eventually that salvation must fully break through. However, we need continual cleansing from the defilement that sinful daily living brings because it hinders our fellowship with God (cf. but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. As the two met on the banks of the Jordan it appeared the reverse: John the embodiment of matured strength; mighty in word, wondrously successful; the great man of the epoch.Jesus had given no evidence of greatness. For if God is light, and that light is not producing the effect in us that the light of God should, then we must seriously ask ourselves whether we are saved at all, whether we truly know God. - This was said in allusion to what was spoken Isaiah 53:7.Jesus was the true Lamb or Sacrifice required and appointed by God, of which those offered daily in the tabernacle and temple, Exodus 29:38, Exodus 29:39, and especially the paschal lamb, were only … John Trapp Complete Commentary. Now it is a universal law that blood alone can redeem. It may take time for that effectiveness to break through, and there may even be times of stumbling, but eventually that salvation must fully break through. They excite gratitude and love. Oh! We share the light in which God dwells. And so the King’s last words were “Thanks be to Jesus.”3 [Note: John S. ., pp60-61. [Note: Westcott, p21.]. but in a sublimer form, by making Himself one of that race, and descending from His eternal glories to shame, to sorrow, and to death. New Content: Bible Study Videos and Images from WordBoard. Walking in the light produces a genuine fellowship. They maintain that there only the blood of Christ avails; and they teach, that after baptism, God is not otherwise reconciled than by satisfactions. (1) The Blood cleanses: it does not merely cloak.—The high priest was to take an aspersory of hyssop and dip it in the blood of the victim and sprinkle the doors and the holy place, typifying thereby that the sprinkling of the Blood of Christ is that which sanctifies the universe, of which the tabernacle was the symbol. He minutely examined the water and the materials, which were in every respect similar to his own; and then, very much surprised, he said, “I have lost my labour and my money, for the air of England does not permit us to make good carmine.” “Stay,” said the Frenchman; “what kind of weather do you manufacture in? He walks in darkness who is not ruled by the fear of God, and who does not, with a pure conscience, devote himself wholly to God, and seek to promote his glory. 3. App-128. III. However menial the work itself may be, it must be done with the utmost possible efficiency. 1. It is hence evident, that no one leads a holy life, except he is united to God. The connexion between this suffering and the remission of sins may be hard to trace; but in the absence of any theory defining that connexion we may recognize the harmony between this revelation of the infinite love of God and the deepest laws of human life. It is folly to the world and the beclouded heart; but it is the way. For these two things can never harmonize together, to be cleansed by the blood of Christ, and to be cleansed by works: for John assigns not the half, but the whole, to the blood of Christ. Said a Scottish minister of the older days: “New spots call for new washing, so that this must be our very life and exercise to be daily and continually running to the fountain with our souls and giving Christ the great Purger much to do.” “The saint’s preparation for the duties of each day,” wrote Dr. Bonar, “is a fresh application to the blood, in which he bathes his conscience anew each morning as he rises.” So Robert McCheyne also wrote: “I ought to go to Christ for the forgiveness of each sin. John is not speaking about the fellowship of Christians with each other, but with the Father and his Son. It leads to the discovery of sin, of our own sin, and so St. John adds, “and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” The connexion of these words with what has gone before is not accidental, for our walking in the light first of all discloses to us the reality of our own sin, and then reveals to us the perfect cleansing from sin that God has provided in “the blood of Jesus his Son.”, That blessed text, “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin,” which sometimes comes down on the heart like a whole heaven of peace and joy and glory, will at other times be as meaningless as the darkest sayings of the prophets, or as powerless as the vainest utterances of human folly. It is Christ"s death that cleanses us, not that Jesus" blood cleanses us like a kind of spiritual soap. Lilley (J. P.), The Pathway of Light, 49–111. "There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from In manuel's veins; And sinners plunge beneath that flood, lose all their guilt stains.". Rather he is talking of walking truly with God. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario. Turning them out for the washing, my mother brought them to me to show me how I had stained them, saying mortal hands could never wash them white again. We have our peace not from the reigning Saviour, but from the bleeding Saviour, not from the King in His glory, but from the Redeemer in His shame. And sacrifice includes cleansing and satisfaction. ), New Theology Sermons, 217. Parker.]. The sin is done away; and the purifying action is exerted continuously." If I were to personalize the light, I could also say that I was walking in the presence of the light. It is true that John is not here dealing with the question of entry into salvation, for he assumes that already for his readers (although warning against complacency - 1 John 2:4). And if it does not we must ask if such a person is really ‘saved’, and ‘being saved’. Hence the power and efficiency of these belong to the blood of Christ alone. "This ["every sin"] refers to man"s sinful nature in general, although it may include the wrong acts which can occur even when a Christian is living "in the light."" Walk in the light; know and obey the truth. Ever afterwards till he died, this was his favourite verse: “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”2 [Note: W. J. Patton, Pardon and Assurance, 88.]. No emotion, no feeling, no attainment, no height of spirituality, can remove our guilt. The blood of Christ’s death declares the reality of the incarnation, which in turn makes possible the fellowship with the Father and the Son and the continuous forgiveness available to those who remain in this fellowship. Blood’ cleanseth—We must beware of the great error of making this wonderful image of being washed and cleansed in the blood of Jesus a literality. Vaughan (J. When I returned in the evening I was glad to see my mother looking quite pleased. There was a Bible lying on the table, and he took it up just to while away the time. Yet what is half done obtains no approval with God. Holiness is the comprehensive word which includes the whole discipline of life, the whole trust of the heart in God, and the continuous aspiration of the spirit after the perfectness of God’s own beauty.1 [Note: J. That is why His blood, His sacrifice of Himself, can be continually effective on our behalf. [Note: Idem, The Epistles . "This ["every sin"] refers to man"s sinful nature in general, although it may include the wrong acts which can occur even when a Christian is living "in the light. A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. And apart from theory, when the human heart, agitated by the consciousness of sin, troubled by the guilt of past years, seeing the shadow of that guilt extending over the years that are coming, wondering whether it can ever be possible to escape from it—when the human heart, haunted by the worst fears, discovers that the Eternal Son of God is descending from the heights of eternal glory and is sharing its sufferings, its temptations, its death, the Gospel is out, the secret is disclosed. ), Pardon and Assurance, 71. 1 John 4:9. This passage is remarkable; and from it we first learn, that the expiation of Christ, effected by his death, does then properly belong to us, when we, in uprightness of heart, do what is right and just for Christ is no redeemer except to those who turn from iniquity, and lead a new life. They are thence liable to be deceived by arguments based on the figure which have no base in the literal. Some little time ago a tourist who was walking through the Lake District was overtaken at night by a heavy storm of wind and of rain, and soon got soaked to the skin. The sin is done away; and the purifying action is exerted continuously." Romans 8:1; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 1:7). Flew, Studies in Browning, 193.]. How shall He express it? For the removal of moral defilement, however—for the purposes of an atonement—nothing but the consecrated blood was efficacious. ], In the ages when a pilgrimage to Palestine was held in such esteem, there sprang up a set of idle impostors who wandered about everywhere in the country and sought alms at the hands of the inhabitants under the pretext that they were preparing to go à la sainte terre—to the Holy Land. This is the line on which our thoughts are led by the following verses, where the opposite of walking in the light is evidently hiding sin, or denying that we have sinned. (2) It is not mere remission.—It is not mere averting of the punishment. sin. (1) The Blood cleanses: it does not merely cloak.—The high priest was to take an aspersory of hyssop and dip it in the blood of the victim and sprinkle the doors and the holy place, typifying thereby that the sprinkling of the Blood of Christ is that which sanctifies the universe, of which the tabernacle was the symbol. 1 John 3:3 - And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. He was shown all the process, and saw a beautiful colour produced; but he found not the least difference between the French mode of fabrication and that which had been constantly adopted by himself. , not from all sinward liability or tendency, so but that apostasy is possible. And there is no literal cleansing. He appealed to his instructor, and insisted that he must have concealed something. And note finally the stress again on the fact that Jesus Christ is ‘His Son’. Got over long since, why, till that is wrought, No progress!3 [Note: J. No doubt the phrase arose from the custom of always … 2 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. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. II. The first verse that his eye lighted on was this: “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” “Cleanseth us from all sin?” said he. His blood (His effective sacrifice on our behalf) will cleanse us continually from all sin, known or unknown and we will be kept wholly clean in His sight. Everything depends on whether what we do is done in the darkness or in the light. Westcott (B. F.), The Historic Faith, 236. Blue Letter Bible is now partnering with WordBoard—a whiteboard animation project developed by James Street that focuses on explaining books or passages in the Bible in a fun, simple way. There was a stain upon the heart: that stain has been removed by a powerful detergent, and now the heart is pretty much as it was in years gone by. The walls and the floor and even the curtains were filthy, and he was glad to escape from the room as quickly as possible. . In that Divine vision life appears in the fullest proportions we can yet apprehend. She threatened to burn my cyclostyle, and this made me think soberly how could these black stains be removed. This glowing imagery so reigns in parts of the New Testament, especially in John’s writings, as well as in our sermons and hymns, that many Christians pass their whole lives without once looking through the figure into the literal. J. 7.Walk in the light—A beautiful image of a true and holy life. God cleanses us at conversion in the sense that He will never bring us into condemnation for our sins (cf. Far in the background of these churches, like some unsubstantial semblance, lay the division between Jew and Gentile, Greek and Barbarian, great and small, rich and poor. And there is no literal. First the cleansing, and then the walking. Yet what is half done obtains no approval with God. Then, integrity of conscience is alone that which distinguishes light from darkness. Faith applies the cleansing, purifying blood. And the result will be joyous fellowship with all true believers, with all things open between us, with no sin hidden, and the further result will be that the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, ‘goes on cleansing us’ (present tense) from all sin. Then, on the other hand, he who in sincerity of heart spends his life, yea, every part of it, in the fear and service of God, and faithfully worships him, walks in the light, for he keeps the right way, though he may in many things offend and sigh under the burden of the flesh. We must suffer greatly to redeem greatly. They, indeed, leave some part to the blood of Christ; but when they assign merit to works, even in the least degree, they wholly subvert what John teaches here, as to the way of expiating sins, and of being reconciled to God. Forbes (A. P.), Sermons on the Grace of God, 75. The little rushlight was not light enough to reveal all the dirt of the room, but when the sunlight of heaven came streaming in the revelation was made in a moment.1 [Note: G. S. Barrett, The First Epistle General of St. John, 50.]. [Note: Smalley, p24. Woods.]. He sees that the image of Christ’s Body gives the truest possible view of the relation in which all who are “in Him” stand to one another. J. 1 John 1, Ironside's Notes on Selected Books, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, like many of Ironside's writings, are a standard that has stood the test of time 1 John 2:19, John had said of the false teachers: οὐκ εἰσὶν ἐξ ἡμῶν; now he states from what source they spring; this is the κόσμος; the antichristian nature in them belonged to the world, quatenus Satanas est ejus princeps (Calvin). Woods.]. It was, further, a principle of the Mosaic sacrifices that anything placed upon the altar became the property of God, and was, therefore, invested with a peculiar sanctity. [Note: Barker, p310; Westcott, p20.]. ., pp60-61.]. ), The Spirit-Filled Life, 11. Why, Tom, there’s not a stain left and I never saw your linen look so white, it is as white as the driven snow.”1 [Note: Thomas Calder.]. Here, then, we find the most probable explanation of the special form in which the Apostle sets his representation of the nature of God. Men must be dependent on one another. The sin is done away; and the purifying action is exerted continuously.". task it seems, transcending highest might. Naturally, such living places them in partnership with God, Christ and all others who walk in the light of God"s will. If it be not, then not only will that which is wrought be so far defective, but the possibilities of the future will be marred and spoiled. We walk. [Note: Ryrie, p1467.] Being.in the fellowship with God the source of all light, is like being constantly in the stream of the blood of His son. It was, further, a principle of the Mosaic sacrifices that anything placed upon the altar became the property of God, and was, therefore, invested with a peculiar sanctity. Parker.]. There cometh one mightier than I after me. 1. John is not speaking about the fellowship of Christians with each other, but with the Father and his Son. When Butler in his dying moments had expressed his awe at appearing face to face before the Moral Governor of the world, his Chaplain, we are told, spoke to him of “the blood which cleanseth from all sin.” “Ah, that is comfortable,” he replied; and with these words on his lips he gave up his soul to God.2 [Note: Bishop Lightfoot, Northern Leaders, 169.]. task it seems, transcending highest might. on StudyLight.org Of such supreme importance in the Christian revelation is this idea, or rather this fact, of redemption by His blood, that our Lord Jesus Christ Himself instituted a solemn service to express it, and to be the perpetual memorial and monument of it, Other great truths Christ trusted to the oral and written teaching of Apostles; but that He is the bread of life and that His blood was shed for the remission of sins are truths of a unique kind; they belong to the very substance of the Christian revelation; they are the germs and the roots of everything besides. I said, “Did you try that cleanser?” “Yes, I did.” “How did it act?” “Act! It leads to the discovery of sin, of our own sin, and so St. John adds, “and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” The connexion of these words with what has gone before is not accidental, for our walking in the light first of all discloses to us the reality of our own sin, and then reveals to us the perfect cleansing from sin that God has provided in “the blood of Jesus his Son.”, That blessed text, “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin,” which sometimes comes down on the heart like a whole heaven of peace and joy and glory, will at other times be as meaningless as the darkest sayings of the prophets, or as powerless as the vainest utterances of human folly. , not from all sinward liability or tendency, so but that apostasy is possible. But it is to be noted, that while our pardon is immediate from Christ’s blood, our sanctification is mediate through the Spirit purchased by his blood. (1865) 506. "There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from In manuel's veins; And sinners plunge beneath that flood, lose all their guilt stains.". This glowing imagery so reigns in parts of the New Testament, especially in John’s writings, as well as in our sermons and hymns, that many Christians pass their whole lives without once looking through the figure into the literal. It spiritualizes the irresistible impulse which draws one man to another, and it raises the social connexion of human beings from the sphere of a convention to that of a moral obligation. And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin; "according to" the light rather than "in" the light, he would have been requiring sinless perfection for fellowship with God. 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