As He Is in the Light

1 John 1:7
Of old, God said, "I will dwell. in the thick darkness." When He gave the law from Sinai, the mountain " burned with fire," and God was surrounded with " blackness and darkness and tempest." In the tabernacle and temple, He dwelt between the cherubim, behind, a veil, in unapproachable majesty. God was unrevealed, and could not be approached.
Now, blessed be His name, it is no longer thus. That solemn question has been divinely settled in the sacrifice of Christ. All God's claims have been fully met. His majesty has been maintained- all His nature fully glorified in the death of Jesus; so that when Jesus died, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom indeed, the veil was Jesus flesh (Hob. x. 20), in the rending of which God was revealed, coming down to meet man's need in that wondrous sacrifice, revealed in light, and known as a Savior God. In mercy to man He remained hidden until He could manifest Himself in the light, on the ground of that perfect sacrifice in which His righteousness and holiness were declared, as well as His unspeakable love to man in that wondrous act, in which man's sin was atoned for on the cross, God stood revealed in light, at once displaying His majesty and in flexible holiness in the judgment of sin, and His immeasurable love to man, in providing for him the sacrifice that has put away his sin.
God has rent the veil, and revealed Himself in grace, in cloudless light, to bring man to Himself in that light. It is in the sacrifice of Jesus, His beloved Son. On the ground of that sacrifice,, God and man meet together in light which has no element of darkness in it, all guilt and sill gone forever; so that man can be in presence, in abiding and eternal relationship, founded on this immovable basis: " THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON, CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN."
Wondrous statement! We meet God in the light. The blood of Jesus is there. It has answered every question, met every claim, it " cleanseth us from all sin." The cloudless light and glory of God's presence can discover no spot where that blood has been applied. If the light could be brighter still, it would manifest but the more clearly that there is not a spot upon us: that all is gone, and that we are in the presence of God in the infinite, eternal, and unchangeable value of the blood of Jesus. Oh, what a revelation is this! What infinite grace! What unspeakable love! And oh, what rest and peace for our once weary hearts and guilty consciences! Consciously brought into such a scene, well may we bow our heads in adoring worship.
But there is yet more than this. The scene into which we are brought is one where there is no element of darkness, no discord, no jarring note. We are in the light, and walk in it. Once we were in darkness and walked in darkness -walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit which now worketh in the children of disobedience. But we are no longer there. We are now in the light, and walk there. And now what is so blessed is that " If we walk in the light as he is in the light we have fellowship one with another." How could it be otherwise? We are brought into fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. Here there can be but one mind, one thought—the mind of God, of Christ. It is an abstract statement of what belongs to the light into which we are brought, and where we walk. All is looked at according to the presence and nature of God, where there Is no disturbing element to produce jarring or discord. There we walk in the light as He is in the light, and we have fellowship one with another. We are brought to God, are in the light, have eternal life, fellowship with the Father and the Son, and with one another. How immense the blessing! and how blessed the privileges! All is divinely perfect and without any flaw, and proclaims the pure grace and infinite love of God. Such is the truth presented to us in its abstract perfection according to the nature of God, and His manifestation in grace; and the heart utters its praise to Him, and takes in the blessed revelation. The life that has been manifested, and which is given to us, is perfect. The cleansing power of the blood of Jesus which enables us to subsist in the presence of God, is perfect. Perfect and cloudless the light into which we are brought. And perfect the fellow-ship we have with God, and with one another, in the light, according to the relationship in which God has set us as His own children.
Now there is a home question before we close. How far are we living and walking in, the power of this truth This is the practical side for every one who has been brought to God: This truth is the standard God has given us. Do we want a lower standard? Do we want something now that we shall not have in the joy and brightness and eternal blessedness of the father's house It only shows how little, our souls have drunk in the truth. How the truth lays our hearts bare If we brought our motives, our desires, our ways, our walk, into the presence of God, to measure and weigh all in the light, should we not be on our faces in confession before Him who "is faithful' and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"? Nor could fail us, cleansing as well as forgiving; not giving us a standing in the light, in virtue of the blood of Jesus; but cleansing our ways by purifying word, according to the place we are- cleansing from " all unrighteousness" as we as from "all sin.' May His word even now search our hearts, and lead us to the judgment of all that will not bear the test of the Light:
A. H.