Truth And Light
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12
“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” John 12:46
Everything that is not of God is not of truth. All that is not of truth is a lie. Therefore, it has no power over us except what we submit to it.
Though we know this spiritually and give mental assent to it, we do not yet see it clearly as we will when Jesus appears to us— when we all shall be changed in a moment in the twinkle of an eye. In the mean time, though now we are only seeing through a glass darkly [1 Corinthians 13:12] we are still able to see in ways that keep us from falling, because we have light in us, and we can get more than just a glimpse into the things to come by the power of the Holy Spirit revealing them to us. [1 Corinthians 2:9]
The work of Christianity is to be transformed ultimately to the image of Christ. It is not just about doing good things and staying away from bad things. Those are vital and we must do them, but they are just means to a greater end. God did not create us to be spiritual automatons or unwilling servants. He created us to commune with Him, to be like Him in knowledge and understanding, in wisdom and expression, in creativity and in the ability to love and be loved.
The power of Godly wisdom and knowledge is that they bring light into the darkness, so we do not need to stumble over things we cannot see. And the beauty and efficiency of light is that even a small ray of it can cast light in all directions.
The other night when I woke up it was still dark in the house. I tried to navigate my way from my bedroom to the living room before turning on the lights. I was able to get as far as the hallway and then remembered the ottoman was near the archway into the living room, so I decided to switch on the light in the hallway. I was glad I did, because even though it only casted partial light into the living room it was enough for me to be able to see everything that stood in my path and I was able to walk around them safely.
We may not see by all the light that is available to us, all the truth or all the knowledge to work all kinds of wonders and miracles in our lives, but we do have enough light to walk safely in this present world of darkness and to bring light, hope and healing to others, until the fullness of the light comes in the glory of God that shines in the face of Jesus Christ. [2 Corinthians 4:6]
And we do have this light shinning in our hearts to give us the knowledge of what we cannot see with our human eyes. By this light we can see and know by faith to live and walk in it, in all ways that please God. [See 1 Timothy 6]
Therefore, because we have the knowledge of the truth we can choose to walk in it, despite the pull of our flesh, or the threats of men, or the seductions of the devil to deny it.
We don’t have to “go along to get along” as some so glibly insist, and we don’t have to embrace the devil and his ways, nor be silent in the face of sinful men who have nothing but disdain for the truth and who spew their death provoking rhetoric so boastfully as though it were the truth. We can speak the truth boldly in love, and we can declare the Word of God even in the face of cynicism, derision and mockery. All the while not striving, but being gentle with all men, patient and ready to teach, in meekness instructing those who oppose themselves, so that God may in due time give them repentance at their acknowledging of the truth, and that they can recover themselves from the snare of the devil who has taken them captive to his will. [1 Timothy 2:24-26]
We need not be intimidated by the volume of their words or the passion of their hatred for us and for our God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the true and only God and there is no other.
As we continue to live and walk in His ways, His spirit working in us will bring us into the maturity of the full stature of Christ [Ephesians 4:13] Each decision we make to respond to His leading, each choice we make to stand for what is righteous in His eyes, each sacrifice we make to further His cause and proclaim the Gospel to the world brings us more and more into conformity to His nature, character and likeness. It’s a process and we are on our way physically, mentally and emotionally to where we already are spiritually in Him.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
As we grow in the knowledge of God our faith, our lives, (actions, thoughts and motivations) become more in sync with God’s will and purpose for us, and we become more like the person He created us to be.
So rest assured that while we may not see all that is going on, major things are happening all around us in the spirit and all will soon be revealed to us. We will see it by the light that we have been given and by this light we can perceive all things God is revealing in His good time and according to His great purpose.
“But you 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…” 1 Peter 2:9
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:15-16