THE LIGHT THAT SHINED OUT OF DARKNESS (23)

“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:  Salvation in Christ is the intent behind our key text.

It’s clearly seen and established in the course of this study, that Moses was communicating a spiritual truth in our key text. Having seen that the light in Genesis was a prophetic utterance of Christ in the heart of man, and the statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep’ denoting the state of man empty of the light or without Christ the light, then the earth (“the earth was without form and void” – verse 7) was a figurative expression for man. Let’s ascertain clarity on this. The term “form and void” being translated implies “nothing, empty”. Thus, man was empty; hence, the next statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” denoting the state of man without the light. In other words, man is “empty”, “nothing” or in the state of “chaos” (which is darkness) without the light. To further clarify this, the word “earth” when used in the scriptures does not always refer to the literal earth; sometimes, it is used figuratively for man. Hence, why the word “man” who is translated from the Hebrew word “Adam” means of the earth. Paul’s words in 1Corinthians 15:47 echoes this fact which reads “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven”. Therefore, it can be safely declined that the intent of Moses’ communication in our key text is the salvation plan of God. It shows man in the state of chaos (darkness or more precisely, the sin problem) and God’s salvation plan which preceded the fall of man (where darkness is found). In other words, Genesis opens up with the solution to man’s problem (man in darkness) which is Christ in the heart of men. That is, the cure for man in the state of darkness will be Christ (the light) in the hearts of men. That is, the light that shined out of darkness. John echoed same in his account which reads “And the light shineth in darkness; and darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:5). Therefore, our key text was the salvation plan of God documented by Moses which was fulfilled upon the resurrection of Jesus. Thus, by faith in Christ, an unsaved man who was in darkness now becomes indwelt by the light (Christ Jesus); and that indwelling is what expels darkness. This man born of God is united with God in Christ. Thus, when “heaven and earth” was used in Genesis 1:1, it was used figuratively to explain the union of God and man. Having seen that earth was figurative in verse 2, it does let us know that the statement heaven and earth in verse 1 was figurative (they are imageries; heaven is figurative for God and earth is figurative for man). So, heaven and earth was to explain God’s union with man. This is the new creation; the new creation is the union of God and man (heaven and man). Thus, the creation in the beginning (Genesis 1:1) is the new creation. Therefore, our key text was a prophetic utterance of salvation where the new creation (the man indwelt by Christ in the light) is found. Hallelujah!!!     

INSTRUCTION: You cannot overlook proper bible interpretation as a student of God’s word. It is what births revelation knowledge.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the union I have with you in your son. Thank you for the resurrection where I am found in you as a new creature indwelt by Christ the light in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: In the resurrection of Jesus is where we have the amalgamation of heaven and earth which is the new creation.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTEW CHAPTER 28; 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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