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LIGHT AND DARKNESS

February 6, 2015

Text: “This is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light,  and in him is no darkness at all.” I John 1:5

The Bible is abounding with figurative language. This verse  has a metaphor: “God is light”.  The word light is used copiously in such OT books as Psalms and Isaiah, and NT books as The Gospel of John and the other three gospels. Frequently these figures and their opposites are employed to create a contrast. (see text light and darkness in text above.)

Light is a very powerful concept. It is the very first item listed in the account of creation. (Genesis 1:3) It is a producer of tremendous  power and giver/sustainer of life. Both God the Father (I John 1:5) and his Son Jesus (John 8:12)  are said to be “light”.  Light is the path of moral excellence. Proverbs 4:18 It is the guide to moral fitness and righteousness. Luke 11:33-36 Light and darkness are often used to contrast good and evil, sin and righteousness.

Light produces goodness in man and in society. It represents God’s efforts to employ men in the world for his purposes. It fights to defeat evil on earth and points the way to heaven for godly men. All humans react to the light of God in the world. Some persons react to the light by rejecting and hiding from it; others embrace the light, seek its effects, and follow its paths to heaven.

What is your reaction to light? No matter what you think you can’t be indifferent to it. As a Christian God has prepared and presented light to assist you grow in Christ and help the church conquer the world. We are obligated to decide how to utilize the powerful blessing of God’s holy light.

Accept the blessings and duties of the light.  All men have been offered to partake of the light, because they have rejected it and fallen into condemnation. Though all men have strayed into the darkness, nevertheless each has a standing invitation to embrace the illumination from God.  “O house of  Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” Isaiah 2:5   “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  I John 1:7  God doesn’t just open your heart (or brain, whichever) and inject you with a heaping helping  of spiritual wisdom. You must adopt the ethos of spiritual knowledge. It is that old word which know well but detest in its application: WORK. It is hard labor to defeat the darkness. The only way to do so is to grasp the light of God and serve  him in his brilliance.

Jesus saw man’s pitiable condition and declared the need for light among men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14  The saddest thing to be said of God’s precious light is that it is now disused. Therefore, do not let the light wane. Lift up the light.   Be the true light. Utilize the light.   Shine your light where you see that it is needed.

As much as the light is a blessing to you, it is your obligation to share it with others.  Jesus tells his followers that the light, to fulfill its commission, must be put into strategic places so that men may be able to appreciate it and approach it.  “Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”  Matthew 5:15  Whatever else you are in life, as a Christian your role is to publish and exemplify the light.  “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Be the light and spread the light, and you will obey the light.

REM

 

 

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