In the opening verses of 1 John 1, the Apostle John makes the claim that we can have fellowship with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. When we understand this relationship, we can know our “joy may be full.”
In the next few verses of John 1, he says in the latter part of verse 5, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” This contrast of light and dark is a theme he uses to describe our walk as a disciple or follower of Jesus.
“If we say” and “he who says” are used a variety of times as a way of making us realize we must be the people we say we are. Walking in darkness or sin, is not consistent in the life of one who is in Christ.
And yet, he does remind us that we have this sin issue. Verse 8, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” We can never become so arrogant as to make a claim that we are above sin.
I glean from this verse the need for humility in our life. While there is great victory over sin, there is also a need for humility. If I am not intentionally working on my obedience and walk with the LORD, sin can creep up on me. Humility helps me remember how susceptible I am to sin and how important it is for me to remain in His light.