n. — the sphere dominated by righteousness, goodness, and the knowledge of God.
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 all sin.
1 John 1:7
The English language contains the concept of a “sphere,” like “the political sphere” or “a social sphere.” It’s a term used to delimit an area or domain where certain ideas or practices are particularly influential, prevalent, or dominant. The New Testament introduces spheres of God and spheres of the devil, using particularly striking metaphors: day and night, and light and darkness. When John talks about us walking in the light, he does not mean we should only jog while the sun is up! Instead, he means that the Christian journey (which is often conveyed in terms of a physical journey involving running or walking) is put in terms of the purity of light. God’s sphere of light is dominated by righteousness, goodness, and the knowledge of God. We are to walk in that sphere in the same way Jesus exists in that light today. Jesus is in the true realm of light where righteousness and goodness reigns. And one day, he will return to bring that light with him. On that day, “Night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever” (Rev. 22:5).
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