Even though God created the world perfect, Adam and Eve listened to the serpent and rebelled against God by eating the fruit. With sin comes judgment. Yet we also see God’s grace in initiating a plan for redemption to restore mankind to Himself.
The Apostle John was exhorting his audience (believers) to pray for one another especially those who are in sin. Believers have been saved by grace through faith. We are spared of eternal death and separation from God. Yet our salvation does not preclude us from sinning in this world. We must take sins seriously in our lives and in the lives of our brothers and sisters.
The Apostle John ended the first major section of his letter by exhorting his readers to remain in God. In order to do so, we must look forward to Christ’s second coming and we must also look backward to Christ’s first coming. His second coming motivates us to participate in the process of sanctification in the present while His first coming reminds us how far His death on the cross has brought us from our helpless and sinful life.
God is light and in Him there is no darkness. John teaches us how we view and deal with our sins tell us greatly about our faith. In this passage, we see different signs in our lives that show us whether we really know God or not.
Running away from God always seems like freedom until reality hits and it ends in misery. When we are not attached to God, we will find something else or someone else to attach to. But the Good News is that God shows us His radical love and grace through His son Jesus so that we can return home.