Today, though we often (justifiably) preach these verses to unbelievers, they also (primarily) are directed to believers — people who would say they have fellowship with God and have been completely cleansed of sin.
Question: So what does it mean for us to go on living, day by day, “in the light of God’s presence” and what does that have to do with Jesus’ blood cleansing us from sin? (v.7)
So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin. If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. (1 John 1:6-10 NLT’96)
I count ‘if’ five times in five verses.
An even better question: What are the implications for believers who are not living, day by day, in the light?