We are looking into the first letter of John in the New Testament this week. John was the disciple called beloved of God. Of all the disciples, he was the closest to Jesus. But John is also different. Marti says that if John were around today, he would undoubtedly be diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. That’s because he doesn’t think straight like the apostle Paul and the rest of us; he thinks sideways like Marti. He thinks in circles instead of straight lines. You follow his thinking for a while and suddenly you notice you are back to where you started, only this time you’re seeing something you didn’t see the last time you were there. It may sound the same or use the same words, but it’s different. If you want to know what I’m talking about, sit down and read 1 John … round and round you go.
That’s why Paul is suited for seminars and John is suited for walking and talking. John is the walking, talking disciple, and why Marti gets it when she reads from John. She hates seminars. She’d rather walk and talk.
And this is precisely why John says, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7) Notice that this is all happening at the same time — walking, talking and getting cleansed. And notice we’re walking and talking (that’s the fellowship part) and the bonus is that we’re getting cleansed from all sin. Of course if we’re getting cleansed from all sin while we are walking and talking, that would mean that we will be sinning while we’re walking and talking, too, but because we’re in the light, we will see that sin (because that’s what light does: it shows up what’s there) and we will be getting forgiven and cleansed, because that’s what happens when we walk and talk — we do everything together. We are together, out in the open, not hiding in the darkness, and letting Christ shine His light in our lives. It’s vulnerable, it’s a little scary, but it’s also comforting because we’re all going through the same thing together (that’s the fellowship thing), and the fellowship is real.
Walking in the light, finding out who we really are in that light, and getting cleansed together is what John is talking about. Not privately in a closet, but together out in the open where all can see, and God gets the glory.