He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the light of man.

As we began observing John’s words in John 1:1-5 where he picks up Genesis 1:1-3 to bring to the fore what Moses was communicating; we saw John saying that life was in Him (that is, Jesus who is the word in context) and that light that was in him is the light of men. And we saw by implications that when he says “the light of men”, then he is speaking of salvation and hence, why he further says in verse 5 “And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it”. The light shining in darkness is Christ in the heart of men which is salvation; so “darkness” in verse 5 was descriptive or figurative of men (men in the state of sin) as seen earlier in this study. So, verses  4 and 5 of John 1 are talking about salvation; Jesus the light of men; Jesus the light that shineth in darkness. Thus, in Genesis 1:3 where God said “Light be”, that was the light of men (John 1:4) and this is the light that shined in darkness (the man in the state of sin, the unsaved man) and his state could not withstand this light (meaning this light changed his state from darkness to light; from Satan to God; from sin to righteousness; from death to life). So, from John’s words, it is clear that the light will shine in the heart of men, and so darkness (in verse 5) stood out as figurative for men (the unsaved man). Now, if John is explaining Genesis and from his words, it is clear that the darkness in his account was figurative for men (the unsaved man), then that informs us that the darkness in Genesis 1:2 will stand out to be figurative (it will be a spiritual truth same way as the light in verse 3 was a spiritual truth and this will unfold in subsequent studies). But notice, John says the light is the light of men and thus, this light will shine in the hearts of men as explained, this obviously is in tandem with Paul’s words in 2Corinthians 4:6 “For God who commanded the light to shine out of the darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”. So now, the question that you should ponder on which in subsequent studies will be brought to elucidation is, if the light is shining in our hearts (that is, the hearts of men); then what will the darkness be? The darkness will be the state of man’s heart; that is, man without the light or man in the state of sin. So, with this understanding, you can now know ahead of time that the statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” was a spiritual truth and hence, why it is a figure of speech which will open up in subsequent studies. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Never let your zeal for proper bible interpretation not go down.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that my heart is opened up to the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: If you miss it at proper reading, you will miss it at proper interpretation.


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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