“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: Christ the light lives in the believer.
We’ve seen from Paul’s words in our previous studies (2Corinthians 4:3-4, 6) that salvation in Christ Jesus is the implication of our key text. Now, the question is, if Christ is the light and by implication darkness is the absence of Christ (the light), meaning that the light and the darkness in our key text was not referring to a literal day or a literal night, then how come that in verse 4, God saw that the light was good and he divided the light from the darkness calling the light day and the darkness night in verse 5? The answer is simple; the statements in verses 4 and 5 are still spiritual truths which flowed from verse 1. Meaning the “Day” (verse 5) is figuratively referring to the believer who is indwelt by Christ the light (the believer is a child of light). And the “Night” (verse 5) is figuratively referring to the unbeliever who is not indwelt by Christ the light. So, the light is good to God (verse 4) because Christ in the heart of men is what is good and pleasant to him. Let’s ascertain clarity to this by observing the epistles: James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”. James calls God the Father of lights because He has begotten the children of light; hence, why the good and perfect gift in verse 17 is the born again man in verse 18 “Of his own will begat he us…” In other words, the man indwelt by Christ (the light) is good and perfect; this explains why God saw that the light was good in verse 4 of Genesis 1. It is by faith in Christ that a man becomes a child of light or gets indwelt by Christ the light. In other words, faith in Christ (or the gospel of Christ) is God’s vehicle for separating light from darkness. That is, the division of light from darkness will be a function of faith in Christ; meaning, how God divides light from darkness (Genesis1:4) is by faith in Christ. In other words, by faith in Christ, the saved man (light) is divided or separated from the unsaved man (darkness). Let’s clarify this by reading two scriptures from the epistles: “But ye not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” (2Corinthians 6:14-15). “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1Thessalonians 5:5). Therefore, light and day, darkness and night though are sometimes used literally in scriptures; they are also used figuratively in the scriptures to refer to the believer (light/day) or the unbeliever (darkness/night). Thus, our opening text was discussing spiritual truths or spiritual status of man in Christ (indwelt by the light) and man without Christ and thus, in the state of darkness. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Knowledge is key; go for it.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for indwelling me with your spirit; I am a child of light begotten of your good and perfect will; therefore, I walk in the reality of who I am in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The man in Christ is good and perfect to God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1