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Seeing the World as a Slave of Christ

1 John 1:7-8

1 John 1:7-8


(7) ἐὰν δὲ ἐν τῷ φωτὶ περιπατμεν ὡς αὐτός στιν ἐν τῷ φωτί, κοινωνίαν χομεν μετ’ ἀλλήλων καὶ τὸ αἷμα Ἰησοῦ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ καθαρίζει ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ πάσης ἁμαρτίας. (8) ἐὰν επωμεν ὅτι ἁμαρτίαν οὐκ χομεν, ἑαυτοὺς πλανμεν καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια οὐκ στιν ἐν ἡμῖν.

(7) But if we should walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son is purifying us from every sin. (8) If we should say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

Term Tense Voice Mood Person Gender/


Lexical Form
περιπατμεν Pres Act Sub 1 P περιπατέω
στιν Pres Act Indic 3 S εἰμί
χομεν Pres Act Indic 1 P ἔχω
καθαρίζει Pres Act Ind 3 S καθαρίζω
επωμεν Aor Act Sub 1 P λέγω
χομεν Pres Act Indic 1 P ἔχω
πλανμεν Pres Act Ind 1 P πλανάω
στιν Pres Act Indic 3 S εἰμί


Lexical and Syntactic Notes:

1:7-8 These conditions includes a “present general reality” (Wallace, 663) in that it is more than merely hypothetical or probable. Due to this, these verses would refer to believers and not the opposite (see Wallace, 698-9).


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