From Pastor’s Desk:
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 NKJV
The last phrase is qualified by the “biggest little word in the English language.” We are cleansed from all sin IF we “walk in the light…” If we don’t, we’re not! We have fellowship with one another “if we walk in the light.” If we don’t, we don’t! The word used here for fellowship is κοινωνία koinōnia (koy-nohn-ee’-ah), which is, partnership, that is, (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction. We love to use that word in the context of close fellowship, but shy away from it, maybe, when it is used the sense of being under responsibility or accountability.
In chapter three, verse 14, John says, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren.” That’s a very serious statement! So, John, you’re telling us that even though we claim to have been “saved” or “born again” if we don’t love our brother / sister we’re really not?
The “biggest little word,” IF, comes into play again. IF we do, we are. IF we don’t, we’re not! One thing that must be considered in the area of doing or not doing: There is no grey area! It is the finest of all lines that separate the two.