7 But if we walk in the [a]light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, [b]and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 [c] If we say that we have no sin, we [d]deceive ourselves, and [e]truth is not in us.
9 [f]If we acknowledge our sins, he is [g]faithful and just, to [h]forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:7God is said to be light of his own nature, and to be in light, that is to say, in that everlasting infinite blessedness: and we are said to walk in light, in that the beams of that light do shine unto us in the world.
1 John 1:7A digression or going from the matter he is in with, to the remission of sins: for this our sanctification which walk in the light, is a testimony of our joining and knitting together, with Christ: but because this our light is very dark, we must needs obtain another benefit in Christ, to wit, that our sins may be forgiven us being sprinkled with his blood: and this in conclusion is the prop and stay of our salvation.
1 John 1:8There is none but needeth this benefit, because there is none that is not a sinner.
1 John 1:8This place doth fully refute that perfectness, and works of supererogation which the Papists dream of.
1 John 1:8So then John speaketh not thus for modesty’s sake, as some say, but because it is so indeed.
1 John 1:9Therefore the beginning of salvation is to acknowledge our wickedness, and to require pardon from him who freely forgiveth all sins, because he hath promised so to do, and he is faithful and just.
1 John 1:9So then our salvation hangeth upon the free promise of God, who because he is faithful and just, will perform that which he hath promised.
1 John 1:9Where are then our merits? for this is our true felicity.
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