THE LIGHT THAT SHINED OUT OF DARKNESS (21)


“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light day and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” Genesis 1:1-5


LIGHT FOR NOW: The light in Genesis 1:3 is the person of Jesus.


In our studies in previous days, we began a journey of unfolding Moses’ words in our key text from Paul’s words in the epistles, in his second epistle to the to the Corinthian church which reads “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not; lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2Corinthians 4:3-4, 6). Having observed that the gospel is only hid to them that are lost (verse 3) and them that are lost are those who the God of this world has blinded their minds (verse 4); let us observe Paul’s next statement, “Let the light of the glorious gospel of Christ”. He calls the glorious gospel of Christ light and further explains Christ as the image of God. Now, in verse 6, he explains what happened in Genesis (our key text). Notice, the word “commanded” is in past tense meaning it had already happened and this points to Genesis. This word “commanded” is the Greek word “epo” which means to say or to speak. It was in Genesis that God spoke light as we saw earlier in previous studies. Notice, he says “For God who commandeth the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts”. If the light is shining in our hearts, then darkness will be the state of man’s heart without the light; and that light shining in the heart of men is Jesus Christ. “…to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”. In other words, the light in Genesis 1:3 was a metaphorical communication of Christ or a prophetic utterance of Christ; the person of Christ in the heart of men. And thus, the figurative expression “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” was to describe the state of man without Christ the light; hence, the next statement “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep” which is figuratively describing the offer of God’s spirit that is further explained in verse 3 as “let there be light”; that is, Christ in the heart of men. Christ in the heart of men is salvation and thus, the utterance in our key text (Genesis 1:1-5) was a prophetic utterance of salvation. Now, if the figurative expression “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” was to describe the state of man’s heart without light (Christ Jesus), then it will imply that the “earth” being talked about in verse 2 (“and the earth was without form and void”) was a figurative expression for man and shortly, this will open up with clarity in subsequent days. Hallelujah!!!


INSTRUCTION: Know God’s word.


Prayer: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Christ in the heart of men is light in the heart of men.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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