LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (9)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: When Christ took residence inside you at new birth, you became light personified.

“Lights in the dark world” is not referring to the world being physically dark. The dark world here will be descriptive of men; the darkness will be found in men, men without the light. That’s why in the Greek lexicon, the word “world” carries two underlining meanings since it was translated from two Greek words:

  • Kosmos – meaning the inhabitants (man) or earth space.
  • Aions – referring to the activities or time space.

While the word “kosmos” speaks of man (the inhabitants) or earth space, the word “aions” speaks of this age, that is, the mode of activities of this age that contradicts God or God’s word. So, by saying “light in the dark world”, we are referring to the “kosmos” as in man not the earth space. However, for man to be in darkness, then his activities (aions) will reveal so. Recall, the use of the words “waters” and “seas” in Genesis 1:2 and Isaiah 60:5 refer to men. Hence, when Isaiah said in verse 5 of Isaiah 60 that “the abundance of the sea shall be converted”, it was referring to people and not the sea in literal terms. You can’t covert a physical sea, that’s why the next statement is “the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee”. The Gentiles refers to people; hence, the use of seas was descriptive of people. So, Isaiah in our key text was discussing salvation, hence the words:

  • Arise and shine
  • Light
  • Darkness
  • Earth
  • Seas
  • Converted

Therefore, “let there be light” or “Arise and shine, for thy light is come” will be for salvation. Salvation will be the light shining out of darkness. Christ taking up residence in a man that was in darkness which changes his status from darkness to light is salvation. At new birth, Christ took residence inside you; so you are light personified. We are therefore not shining to be light; we are shining because we are light. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Let God’s word be the final authority in your life.

CONFESSION: I declare today that I am light personified. I am of the light, not of darkness.

QUOTE: The believer in Christ is light personified

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 8; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 9

LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (8)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The man that is born of God is not of darkness, he is of the light because the person of the light lives in him.

In the Old Testament books of the bible, the use of waters and seas are descriptive or figurative of men whenever it is not literally used. Also, the word “earth” which is “erets” in Hebrew does not always refers to the physical/literal earth or world; it is also used figurative for men. Hence, understanding the context of Genesis 1:2-3 lets us see that the earth there refers to people, even as Isaiah makes it very clear by saying, “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people”. In other words, darkness covering the earth was not literal darkness covering the earth but rather gross or thick darkness in people; people empty of the light, men without the light. The use of darkness in Genesis 1:2 and gross darkness in Isaiah 60:2 was descriptive of the unsaved man; the unbeliever. By saying “Lights in the dark world”, we aren’t referring to the world being physically dark, but the “dark world” here is descriptive of men without the light (Christ), the unsaved man; while us being “lights” here is in reference to us being carriers of Jesus.

When Isaiah said “Arise and shine” and “kings coming to the brightness of our rising”, it wasn’t about shining our talents or potentials for kings to come to the brightness of that, but it was in reference to shining the person of Jesus who is our light to the dark world, and in shining this light, men will come to the brightness of it; that is, men who are in darkness will come to acknowledge or believe in Christ. Hence, the shining of light will be done via the preaching of the gospel. In other words, the reason for the light in Genesis 1:3 and Isaiah 60:1 is to solve the problem of men in darkness. The believer therefore, is not of darkness, he is of light; he is a carrier of light and he shines the light. The light of God who is Jesus dwells in you; so you are light. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that you are light.

CONFESSION: I affirm that I am of the light; I am not of darkness.

QUOTE: You have the light of life.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1

LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (7)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The earth, waters, light and darkness of Genesis 1:2-3 is the earth, seas, light and darkness of Isaiah 60:1-5.

Isaiah, a prophet in verse 1 and 2 of the key text shows us by the use of words that he is prophesying from an Old Testament. He says “…for thy light is coming” and then explains further in the next verse by saying “the darkness shall cover the earth”; that is, a prophecy of the earth in darkness or darkness upon the earth, which he explains further as “gross darkness in the people”. So, men now come in mind by saying “gross darkness the people”; that is, men without the light. Hence, the solution to this state of men without the light is in verse 1 (shining the light). Without much adore, Genesis 1:2-3 is the undertone text here in Isaiah 60. It reads “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 waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”.

Moses says “the earth was without form and void” which in the Hebrew, it implies empty or nothing. Hence, the statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” explains the form and void of the earth; that is, the earth was empty of the light; the earth was in darkness. If the earth being without form and void (empty) was about the literal earth or world, then we can’t have “the spirit of God moving upon the face of waters”. This is because if the earth is empty, we can’t have waters since water is part of the earth. Therefore, this earth in Genesis 1:2 was not literal but figurative of man. That is, man was without form and void which is man in darkness or man without the light. Hence, “let there be light” in verse 3 will solve the problem of darkness in verse 2, just like the coming of the light in verse 1 of Isaiah 60 will solve the problem of darkness in people (men) in verse 2. Men without the light are the men in darkness. Men shining the light are men with the light or indwelt by the light. The light of Genesis 1:3 will be the light of Isaiah 60, and that light is Jesus. Hence, Jesus comes in the incarnation and says “I am the light of the world”. Jesus who is the light lives in us. So, we are children of light. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Always be in the affirmative of what God says about you.

CONFESSION: I consciously declare and affirm that the person of the light who is Jesus lives in me. In this dark world, I am a carrier of the light.

QUOTE: Men without the light are the men in darkness.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 60

LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (6)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The very light of God who is Jesus gave birth to you, so you are a child of light.

There is a law in bible reading and interpretation called the law of contextual reading and the law of historical analysis. In bible reading, you don’t read a verse in isolation; you read a verse of scripture in context. Moreover, if a verse or text of scripture points you back to the scripture preceding it, you go back and read again for historical analysis. The wrong impression and interpretation many has given to Isaiah 60 is due to negligence of the above rules. Hence, many have picked verse 1 and 3 of Isaiah and preach about talents. In the minds of many, what they think is when Isaiah said “Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising”, they think it’s about kings coming to the brightness of your gifts, talents and endowment. Hence, in their minds, arising and shining there is manifesting your God’s given gifts and potentials upon which you will stand before kings because they will come to the brightness of your rising. And to back this up, they will go to Proverbs 22:29 to validate their point, which reads “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men”. And they’ll say things like, until you arise and shine that your God’s given potential, kings will not come to the brightness of your rising; you will not stand before kings.

The above interpretation is not just wrong but illegal and moral. This is because if the “light” and “kings coming to the brightness of your rising” in Isaiah 60 is about talents and potentials, then what about the darkness in verse 2? Will the darkness in verse 2 be the absence of talents and potentials, since light is the absence of darkness? But when Isaiah 60 is read in context, and further read into the New Testament where we have the explanation of the Old Testament, and read backwards into Genesis 1 where we have the historical analysis of Isaiah 60:1-5, it would be observed that “the light that came” in the prophecy of Isaiah is the person of Jesus who came in the incarnation, and upon resurrection, he infused his very self into us making us children of light. Thus, Jesus is the light in Isaiah 60; and by implication we are the lights because we are found in him. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Stay with the study.

CONFESSION: I affirm that I am a child of light because I have been begotten by the father of light. Glory!

QUOTE: You are a light custodian and a light dispenser.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 60; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1

LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (5)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: Your union or amalgamation in Christ was the infusion of God’s glory into your inside.

The believer in Christ is not one looking for the glory of God but one who is the glory of God. Hence, we don’t go to God in prayers seeking and asking for his glory; we are God’s glory, you are God’s glory. From the B part of Isaiah 60:1, and Isaiah 46:13 with Isaiah 43:7, it is thus clear that we are God’s glory. The born again man is thus God’s glory. God’s glory therefore, is not in things but in men. A car is not God’s glory, a house is not God’s glory, and a phone is not God’s glory. However, having any of them is good but that is not God’s glory. God’s glory is in men; the man in Christ. In John chapter 17, we will have Jesus’ words so clear that we are God’s glory. Let’s observe John 17:5, 22-23, it reads “And now O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me”.

Jesus said that he gave to us his glory. He explains that glory as He in us and us in Him. In other words, by reason of becoming the habitation of God; God’s temple and residence, we are God’s glory. The fact that Christ lives in us reveals we are God’s glory. Paul in Colossians 1:27 says “Christ in us the hope of glory”. We are thus God’s glory. Our union with Christ infused his glory into us. Paul in Romans 8:29-30 echoes in like manner, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, who he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified”. So we are called justified and we are called glorified. We are the walking glory of God. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Give voice to God’s word in your words.

CONFESSION: I affirm that in Christ, I have been called, justified and glorified. My union with Christ infused his glory into me. I am now God’s glory.

QUOTE: Experiences don’t define the truth of God’s word; the truth of God’s word is static regardless of experiences.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1

LIGHTS IN THE DARK WORLD (4)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: You don’t ask God for his glory; neither do you seek for God’s glory. Rather, you affirm and acknowledge that you are God’s glory.

Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 43:6-7 makes it clear that God created us for his glory, it reads “I will say to the north, give up; to the south, keep not back; bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even everyone that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, yea, I have made him”. Notice in verse 6, God talks about his sons, and that obviously will be the believer in Christ today who is a son of God. Hence, the next verse now says “Everyone that is called by my name” and that will be the believer; thus, explaining the sons and daughters of verse 6.

Apostle John in 1John 3:1 says that “we are now sons of God”. So, we that are born of God are God’s glory. Sons of God (male and female) are created in Christ as carriers of God’s glory. In Isaiah 46:13 where we have another prophecy where Israel is used figuratively or prophetically for the church or the new creation; Isaiah says “Israel (the new creation or the church) is God’s glory”, it reads “I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory”. Zion and Israel used here is prophetically used for the church or the new creation in Christ. Recall, the glory that came out of Jesus’ suffering is in the resurrection where Zion (the church/the new creation) is found in him. So in the resurrection, Isaiah 46:13; Isaiah 43:7 and Isaiah 60:1b was fulfilled. Today, we are God’s glory revealed; we are the inhabitants of God’s glory. We don’t pray and ask God for glory because we already have his glory; we are his glory. Rather than pray to God asking him for his glory, you affirm that you are his glory, giving glory to his name for making you his glory. Hallelujah! 

INSTRUCTION: Always be in the affirmation of what God says about you.

CONFESSION: I affirm now and always that I don’t seek God’s glory; neither do I ask God for his glory because I am God’s glory in Christ Jesus.

QUOTE: Always affirm with your words God’s promise that was confirmed in Christ.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 46; EVENING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 42

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