God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5
John was a witness of the Light…”He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.”
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD.
Ye are the light of the world.
John the baptizer pointed away from self to the one true Light, and the mission of each believer, born from above, is to bear witness of the Light: for He is the true light that cometh into the world. John 1:9
Proverbs 20 tells us that the spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, but in our natural, unregenerate Adamic state, that candle is cold and unlighted. The candle of the Lord is set ablaze at rebirth-when touched with the heavenly flame. We are to be His candle-holders for we are His spiritual light light-bearers. We are to be witness of the glorious Light, of the gospel of light and truth.
No man has seen God at any time and lived, for His glory is beyond understanding. No searching in the heavens above or the earth beneath can discover Him, for He dwells in eternal light and infinite love that cannot be seen nor fathomed out. Yet the infinite light of God has been expressed in a revelation of His divine love, and since the fall of our first parents God has gradually unfolded His perfect plan.
And down through the centuries, His seed of Light was born by mortal flesh, until He took our flesh upon Him, and came in the likeness of earthly tissue. He took upon Himself our human nature – and tempered His brightness for a season -and everlasting light and love was Personified – and made manifest in a weak, human vessel.
The Eternal Son was translated into TIME. The Infinite God was contracted into a SPAN. The Immortal One was manifested in an EARTHLY FRAME. The Invisible One became a VULNERABLE BABE in the arms of His mother. This divine self-revelation was when almighty God Himself came to earth. He came to lighten our darkness and to illumine our souls. He came to give life and health instead of sickness and death.
This was the disclosure of the omnipotent One Who was our substitute:- Who went to the cross alone. This was a manifestation of our invisible Lord as our representative:- Who took us to the cross with Himself. God entrusted into our mortal frame His light and His love – by grace through faith.. He set ablaze in us, the candle of the Lord – by grace through faith in Him.
God did all this….. so that like our Edenic parents we can again have fellowship with the Father – so that like John the Baptizer we too can bear witness of that light. As the Spirit of light ignites our human spirit, by faith, we become His witnesses. As the lighted candle is set ablaze within, He shines within and makes us His light: let your light so shine before men that men may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven. Matt.5:15
Our little light is but a small glister of His Son-light shining out through our dull soul. Our flickering flame is but a gleam of the all-glorious light of the gospel of Christ. Christ empowered the twelve and the seventy as lights in His earthly ministry.. to heal the sick, to cleanse the leper, to cast out demons and to proclaim peace. Christ indwells His church that we too may bear witness as lights to the world.. that we may bear witness of Jesus Christ :- Christ, the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead. Christ the prince of the kings of the earth: unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood. Rev.1:5
And yet He does not only give us some of Himself – He gives to each of us, His all: for in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are complete in Him, which is the Head of all principality and power Col.2:9
We are not a “Christ” as some like to claim, for we are all members of His one body. Christ is the Head and we are His body – both individually and corporately, and we are to act as His life and His light in the world. We cannot light anyone to heaven, nor can we save any perishing soul. We cannot give life to any dead being, nor can we forgive sins, but we can point the lost to Christ Jesus our Lord and our Head. And we can proclaim to those in need and sorrow, the fullness there is in Christ.
We can bear witness to Him in so many ways as the Spirit of Christ leads and guides. We can proclaim the wonders of His grace through the way we live and the way we act. We can tell out the glories of the Lord in thought and word and deed and song. Never let us miss an opportunity to broadcast abroad the wonders of His Name.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
Tender to me the promise of His word;
In God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of His Name!
Make known His might, the deeds His arm has done;
His mercy sure, from age to age the same;
His holy Name–the Lord, the Mighty One.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of His might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
The hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
Tell out, my soul, the glories of His Word!
Firm is His promise, and His mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
To children’s children and for evermore.
Ye are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,
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