Friday, August 9, 2013

The Light

Proverbs 20:12 - The hearing ear, the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both.

Rambling thoughts yesterday! I read the Proverb above and was led to study the word light...just because of the phrase the seeing eye. Hmmm.

We all know that we need our eyes to see. We also know we cannot see in the dark; we need light. Consider this:

Genesis 1:3, 26-27 - And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness"...So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

God created light and He created us, with eyes to see...only in the light. God created light to illuminate the world. When God created you and me, we were clothed in spiritual darkness. So God sent His Son Jesus, the Light of the world, that we might see, behold His glory, see His glorious light and be clothed in righteousness. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2Corinthians 4:6) ...I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. (John 8:12, John 12:46) 

Are you "seeing" this? A couple things Jesus has to say about the eye, light and the whole body:

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)
If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.” (Luke 11:36)

When we have the Light, we are able to see through His spiritual eyes. We are able to know what truth is and we allow this truth to become part of us in the way we live. However, if we allow ourselves to remain blinded, to keep those sunglasses on or heads in the sand, as it were, not allowing the Light in, we walk in darkness. The darkness can also be viewed as the world.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 1:5, John 3:19)

The Light of Christ is shining in this dark world. Most of the world does not comprehend Him; they are considered dead. They will be condemned if they choose to live this way. Many times people remain in the dark because they do not want to know that what they do is considered sin, wrong. They try to justify their actions to sweep that sin under a rug. The condemnation may not be felt right now, but it will when standing before a holy God some day...unless forgiveness is asked for today, choosing to follow Christ and learning right from wrong. Will we be perfect? No. But we will be able to turn from what is wrong to do right.

Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14)

And hallelujah to those that do. A whole new world lies before us:

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1John 1:7)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (Ephesians 5:8) are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (1Peter 2:9) thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. (Colossians 1:12). 

We can live with the knowledge and hope of this inheritance today. We can live in and walk in the Light of Christ. We pretty much have special privileges being special people because we have chosen to step out of the darkness. This is not a flighty consideration. It is serious.

Like some commercials state: But wait, there's more...  We will receive the gift of eternal life and are promised a mansion in heaven. Although we will not be sitting on clouds playing harps, we will be  with Christ, our Lord and Savior.  From Genesis 1:3 where God created light, to this from Revelation, very near the end of the the Book, to describe the heavenly light. Living in a place totally free from darkness, in His Light, with Him:

There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:5)

I urge you to read John 9 for more information on Jesus, the Light of the world.

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