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The Light Within You January 1, 2007

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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The scripture I quoted in the last post contains the statement “God is light“.  Light is a figure often used in scripture to express God’s goodness and purity.  Light often also represents truth and God’s redemptive work.  In contrast darkness symbolizes error and evil, the passage goes on to say, “in him there is no darkness at all“.  So when the apostle writes: “God is light“, he is making the point that in God there is no evil at all.  This is an important point to understand because in this world this is not a condition we are used to.  In this world evil is all around us, error and heartache are everyday things and so we ourselves have embraced many things that in truth we should be avoiding because they are evil and ultimately harmful to us.  Our focus is often on the darkness, we are often deceived into seeing the bad as good.  Jesus Christ uses the figures of light and darkness to make this very point:   

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Jesus puts it much more succinctly than I do.  If you see the bad as good then the light within you is darkness and this is a very serious condition.  But we all have this to some degree.  We have been raised in a world where the bad is said to be good and this is what we are used to.  We need to be trained to see things differently.  We need to be taught to choose light instead of darkness.  We need to find the truth, then together we can walk in the light.  The passage in First John I quoted in the last post goes on to say:  

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

This brings in the element of redemption.  In other words the result of walking in the light is setting us apart form the evil we were formerly a part of.  This is what Jesus accomplished by his walking in the light and this is why we must follow his example, we must walk as Jesus did.  Then the light within you will truly be light.  How do we accomplish this?  First we need to pay more attention to God’s word, this is key.  Psalm 119 contains this verse: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path“.  Jesus said:

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

This is what the gospel is all about turning us away from darkness so we can walk as children of light.  Jesus Christ is that light.  But a world focused on evil, focused on darkness does not see that light.  Many do not see Jesus as light and as a result will not have the light of eternal life.  This whole business of eternal life is difficult for us, brought up in darkness to understand.  This is why Jesus was put to death.  This is also why he rose form the dead to shine a light on this concept and make it clear that the death of the body is not the end for us.  Jesus also knew that many do not accept this truth, he said: 

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.

The God who in the beginning said: “let there be light” has chosen his light to shine in Jesus Christ.  We all need to see that light and walk in it.  If we are focused on Jesus then the light within us will truly be light.  The apostle Paul offered these words of encouragement and instruction the the followers of Jesus:

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)  and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.  But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,  for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:

“Wake up, O sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise,  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

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1. dragonmommie - January 1, 2007

Thanks for your post, James. I really enjoyed reading it tonight. It’s the sort of writing that one must read over again, then maybe again before you can feel confident enough to comment on… and I like those.

2. rattazzimedia - January 1, 2007

Thanks Dragonmommie


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