Walk in the Light, Have Fellowship—a Foretaste of New Jerusalem

First John 1:5-7 proclaims, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and are not practicing the truth; but if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin.” These verses are for our present daily life as Christians. At the same time, they reflect many aspects of New Jerusalem. Here are the parallels, with verse numbers from Revelation.

   God is light. New Jerusalem has no need of man-made light of a lamp nor of natural light of the sun because it will be full of the shining of God (22:5).

    If we walk in the light. In New Jerusalem we walk on the street of gold (21:21) which portrays the divine nature. One aspect of God’s nature is here in 1 John 1—God is light. To walk in the light corresponds with walking in the divine nature on the golden street of New Jerusalem.

   We have fellowship with Him. Fellowship is much more than human communication; it is the Spirit Himself with us, as in 2 Corinthians 13:14. This matches the Spirit as the river flowing from the throne (22:1). To have fellowship in the light now is a precursor to the fuller experience of the river in New Jerusalem.

   We have fellowship with one another. Our fellowship with one another depends on and proceeds from our fellowship with the Triune God (1 John 1:3). In New Jerusalem we will have the fullest fellowship with one another.

   The blood of Jesus cleanses us. Although there will not be any sin in New Jerusalem, there will be the eternal memorial of forgiveness and cleansing (1 John 1:9) because the Lamb is present as the temple (21:22) and the lamp (21:23), and the throne is “of the Lamb” (22:1).

In addition, in 1 John 1:1-2 is life, identical to the life of the “river of water of life” in Revelation 22:1. All of these comparisons show us that our present Christian life experience is a foretaste of New Jerusalem.

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  1. I appreciate seeing that the New Jerusalem can be a present reality, not merely something we look forward to in the future.


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