“This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you that god is light and in him is no darkness at all.” – 1John 1:5
LIGHT FOR NOW: God is light and darkness can never be traceable to him.
The word “Light” spelt in Hebrew “ohr” means divine while in Greek it means illumination or bright. In the bible, the word light is used metaphorical for God’s divine presence salvation and life. Light is a representation of a person’s moral, mental and spiritual life and it is synonymous with believers. It is important to note that our holy book which is the bible does not entertain the thought concept or notion that any form of darkness can match God’s light or should even be attributed to God. This out rightly or expressly means that if we confess that “God is good all the time” we should not try to twist God’s nature when situations or circumstances do not turn out in our favour. John in his message as seen in our text above emphasizes that the light being spoken about goes beyond the physical light to speak of a person or a personality which is Jesus Christ. So, for John to say that this light is pure he means that you cannot trace any form of darkness to him because wherever God is, darkness is absent and the light which is God is the solution to darkness (death and condemnation). Therefore in Genesis 1:3 when God said “let there be light”, he was announcing his personality that is light is who God is and light is what God does.
The fact that God is light sets up a contrast with darkness. If light is considered metaphorically for righteousness, goodness, illumination, salvation life and darkness signifies death and condemnation, evil and sin then it will be fallacious to say or proclaim in bad times that God is causing that to his glory. Note that John in 1st John 1:5 did not say “God is a light” rather he said “God is light” which means that light is a person and this person is Jesus Christ. Just like in 1John 4:8 “For he that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love” Love is God’s essence and so is Light. So, the message will therefore be that God is totally, completely, candidly, unreservedly and absolutely holy with no trace or admixture of sin, darkness, no iniquity and no hint of injustice. John 1:9 “… that is the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world”, tells us that Jesus the son of God is the true light and we the believers who are his sons by adoption are to reflect that light in our lives and daily dealings with people in this dark world of evil and sin. Unlike some heads of other beliefs that tend to put its worshippers in bondage Jesus reflects the light in his teachings as his power, dominion and authority illuminates and also expels every form of darkness, condemnation, religiosity, exploitation, oppression and self-interest therefore, inviting everyone to believe in him so that they might be free from the shackles of darkness and immediately launched into the realm of righteousness, salvation and the life of God which is life eternal. Believers should come to the consciousness of the fact that when they receive the life which Christ offers they become like Christ and as such should replicate those Christ-like characteristics in this world. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: Shine your light unapologetically.
CONFESSION: I acknowledge that God is my light an in him there is no shadow of turning.
QUOTE: God is light by nature and character.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2