1 John 2:7-8

1 John 2:7-8

Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shinning (1 John 2:7-8).

The command that John is talking about here is the command to love each other, as we will see in the next several verses. This can be confusing because on one hand John is stating that he is not writing a new command, but an old one. But, then in the next sentence, he states that he is writing a new command.

While it was an old command–to love, that was seen in the commandments, they were never able to see how God himself loved. And, when Jesus became flesh, that was made possible. This is what John means when he says that it was seen in him and in you.

I find the last phrase interesting because we believe that we live in a constantly darkening world. But, this verse tells us differently. Darkness is actually passing because the true light (Jesus) is already shinning.

 

Be blessed brothers and sisters.

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