Evening, August 31, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“If we walk in the light, as he himself is in the light.” — 1 John 1:7
As he is in the light! Can we ever attain to this? Shall we ever be able to walk as clearly in the light as he whom we call “Our Father,” of whom it is written, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all?” Certainly, this is the model which is set before us, for the Savior himself said, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect;” and although we may feel that we can never rival the perfection of God, yet we are to seek after it, and never to be satisfied until we attain to it. The youthful artist, as he grasps his early pencil, can hardly hope to equal Raphael or Michelangelo, but still, if he did not have a noble and beautiful ideal before his mind, he would only attain to something very average and ordinary. But what is meant by the expression that the Christian is to walk in light as God is in the light? We conceive it to indicate likeness, but not degree. We are as truly in the light, we are as whole-heartedly in the light, we are as sincerely in the light, as honestly in the light, though we cannot be there in the same measure. I cannot dwell in the sun, it is too bright a place for my residence, but I can walk in the light of the sun; and so, though I cannot attain to that perfection of purity and truth which belongs to the Lord of hosts by nature as infinitely good, yet I can set the Lord always before me, and strive, by the help of the indwelling Spirit, to conform to his image. A famous old commentator, John Trapp, says, “We may be in the light as God is in the light for quality, but not for equality.” We are to have the same light, and are as truly to have it and walk in it as God does, though, as for equality with God in his holiness and purity, that must be left until we cross the Jordan and enter into the perfection of the Most High. Take note that the blessings of holy fellowship and perfect cleansing are bound up with walking in the light.