1 John 1:5

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

This then is the message which we haue heard of him, and declare vnto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkenesse at all.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
- American Standard Version (1901)

This is the word which came to us from him and which we give to you, that God is light and in him there is nothing dark.
- Basic English Bible

And this is the message which we have heard from him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
- Darby Bible

This then is the message which we have heard from him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
- Webster's Bible

This is the Message which we have heard from the Lord Jesus and now deliver to you--God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness.
- Weymouth Bible

This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
- World English Bible

And this is the tellyng, that we herden of hym, and tellen to you, that God is liyt, and ther ben no derknessis in him.
- Wycliffe Bible

And this is the message that we have heard from Him, and announce to you, that God is light, and darkness in Him is not at all;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 1:5


1:5 And this is the sum of the message which we have heard of him - The Son of God. That God is light - The light of wisdom, love, holiness, glory. What light is to the natural eye, that God is to the spiritual eye. And in him is no darkness at all - No contrary principle. He is pure, unmixed light.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 1:5


1Jo 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him. The message heard from Christ, now declared, is that God is light. The source whence all light, whether it be physical, or moral, or spiritual, comes; the Enlightener of the universe. The term denotes luminous clearness, the free and benevolent source from whence flow light, intelligence, purity and blessing, absolutely free from alien intermixture, since in him there is no darkness at all. Light represents truth, knowledge and holiness. Darkness represents ignorance, error, falsehood and sin.

Discussion for 1 John 1

  • BSP
    All of us are born with sin due to the fact that we have inherited sin from Adam and Eve. One may say we weren't born with sin but that one would be deceiving themselves as the verse brings out.
  • Baabolu Joshua
    The Lord is so righteous a judge: therefore,He will not allow me to remain a sinner. since he made his son sin,that I might become his righteousness I have dominion over the power of sin.Besides, he plainly said,you are welcome to the Heavenly Jeruselem in companium with unnumerable Eagles This is not a place of sin! But of righteousness.
  • Lilian
    Jesus himself is the word of God he who loves him will keep his commandments we are saved by his Grace and we are pardoned. All he needs from us is obedience to his words. Jesus is enough to have everything ..Amen
  • Ulysses McCall
    When we fulfill Jesus's commandment our lives is so much better. So when we walk in light our Savior and Lord is well please with us.
  • John madden
    If we claim to walk with god ..but walk in darkness we dont have truth in us..if we walk in light we have tge benifits of fellowship and relationship..cleansed from sin..believers live in the light.were not suppose to be in the dark.have no fellowship with the things of darkness
  • Victor Thompson
    God is good. I find John's writing to be so refreshing, concise and encouraging. God is good!

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