Tuesday, June 30, 2015

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)

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Does it feel to you that the darkness has grown so dark it's unmanageable, unalterable, unassailable? I read someone's comment that 6/26 is the American Christian's 9/11. That was the day that the Supreme Court of the United States legalized homosexual marriage in all 50 states, on a ruling that the Justice dissenters said was not founded on law but on personal will, foreboding ill for the Republic, for Christians, and for marriage itself.

After that day did it feel to you like the darkness was deep and your own light puny against it?

Does it feel like there are simply no solid Christian around you with whom you can commiserate? Or that there is not a good local church in which you can even half-way trust the teachings from the pulpit or Sunday School? Or if there is a Christian around you, that he or she is flying in a different direction than you are?

It is not so! None of it!

Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8b-10)

It seems that secular society has segmented into ever smaller bits and groups and factions as each group seeks its own agenda. No one is for anyone else and all are against each other. Yet for Christians, this is the opposite of the truth. Paul wrote,

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

We are one in Him, aligned into one Body for one common purpose- to glorify Jesus. Society splinters as sin rises yet Jesus keeps His Bride whole and united. Stark contrast. We might feel all over the place, alone in the darkness with only a puny light to shine, but we are One in Christ.

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)

A lot of 'ones' there:

One Body
One Spirit
One Hope
One Lord
One Faith
One Baptism
One God

ONE

You might feel like a little, ineffective firefly, but no matter where you are, remember that you are not in Light, you ARE the Light, because you are one with Jesus, who is the Light. So don't fear any ineffectiveness of your light in this great darkness. You and I were darkness itself but when we came into Jesus we came into His light.

But now are ye light in the Lord; either in, or by the Lord Jesus Christ, the light of men, from whom all spiritual light comes; or by the Lord the Spirit, by whom the eyes of their understandings were enlightened, to see the exceeding sinfulness of sin, in heart and life; the insufficiency of their own righteousness and moral virtues, to justify them before God; and the true and right way of righteousness, life and salvation by Christ; and to have some light into the several doctrines of the Gospel, and even a glimpse of the invisible glories and realities of another world: and this light is so great, that they are not only said to be enlightened, but to be light itself; and this they have not of, and from themselves, but the Lord; and therefore should walk as children of light; not in sins, which are works of darkness, but in faith, truth, and holiness. Gill's Exposition of Eph 5:8.
We are one with Him, who is this:




3 comments :

  1. I have never in recent times had such a profound desire to fellowship with the saints, including you Elizabeth, and all your believing readers, as I have right now. I can't explain my joy. Yes, the darkness is incomprehensible, and I'm in a dumbfounded stupor when I try to contemplate it, but I am happy thinking that someday we will all be together, face to face, free from sin, with Our Jesus!!!! Can't wait! Until then, online fellowship, phone/email conversation, and of course my local assembly will have to do. :) Imperfect, but definitely sufficient.

    -Carolyn

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  2. Thank you for the encouragement. With each passing year since I was saved, my desire to fellowship with the saints has grown more and more. I look forward to the day when all of the saints from across the globe and across the ages will be together with the Lord face to face.

    -Claudia

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  3. Light is most effective in darkness, and the darker it is, the brighter the light appears. Our opportunities to reflect the light of Jesus grows day by day. This does not mean, however, that the light will be welcomed or appreciated. It does not mean that those walking in darkness will agree with us, tolerate us, or refrain from attacking or persecuting us. But that should not dim our light, and our Lord is pleased with our faithfulness and obedience. --Linda Dodson

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