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 and his indwelling in the heart of a man effects salvation.

In the course of our analysis on this subject, we’ve come to see that from John’s words in his first synoptic (John 1:1-5) and from Paul’s words in 2Corinthians 4:6 that the light will shine in the hearts of men. Observe Paul again, “For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness hath shined in our hearts to give light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”. Don’t lose sight of Genesis 1:1-3. Now, from the explanations so far, this light is a person and this person is the light of men; hence why He shines in the heart of men (John 1:1-5; 2Corinthians 4:6). Therefore, if the light shines in the heart of men which is salvation by implication (the utterance of Genesis 1:3), then the darkness will be the state of man’s heart in Paul’s words here in 2 Corinthians 4:6. And if Paul here just like John 1:1-5 is explaining Genesis 1:1-3, then the darkness in verse 2 of Genesis 1 will be the state of man’s heart without the light (without salvation). Now, look at the statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” closely. This statement cannot be literal because in normal parlance, you cannot say “face” and later say “deep” and it is literal. In this statement, “face” is a human quality and “deep” is inanimate, and in language when a human quality is ascribed to an inanimate object it is a figure of speech called personification. So, the statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” was a personification used to describe man’s state without Christ the light; man in the state of sin; man in darkness. Therefore, if the statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” was figurative of a spiritual truth; then it will be out of place to think that when Moses said, “And the earth was without form and void”, he was referring to the earth space or the planet. Moses wouldn’t have been referring to the literal earth having seen that the next statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” which is, an offshoot of the previous statement was a spiritual truth. Hallelujah!  

INSTRUCTION: Know God’s word and be full of it.

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

QUOTE: Jesus is the light in who is life and the word in whom we have God’s thinking pattern.


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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