For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness"-He has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God's glory in the face of Jesus Christ.2 Corinthians 4:6(HCSB)
The first Word of God at the dawning of creation was, "Let There Be Light." And that same Word of God at the advent of each born-again creation-in-Christ is also, "Let There Be Light." It is the God Who spoke His creative Word over the dark earth in the beginning, and it is same Spirit who brooded over the face of the deep Who dispels the darkness in a man's heart at salvation. It is He, Who floods the glorious light of the gospel of Christ into a hurting soul.
The mind of unregenerate man is only darkness continuously, for the god of this world has blinded his eyes to the light of the glorious gospel of Christ. But the Author of life and Fountain of all grace, has flooded our hearts with the True Light of the world - the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Son of Righteousness and 'the Bright and Morning Star'.
When the heart of a sinner is ignited by faith in the gospel of Christ, God works His wonderful regenerative work in that life and a blacked, sin-sick soul, is illuminated with knowledge of the Light that shines out of darkness into a revived heart. By faith, he receives enlightenment of the knowledge of God's manifest glory, in the presence of Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ, is our dazzling and eternal day-star and He is the light of life, in Whom we have received forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. The glorious love of God has been poured into the very person of Christ, for He is the exact representation of the invisible God, Who not only reflects the beauties of the Lord, but is Himself the Source of all light, the Fountain of all life and the bottomless Reservoir of all love.
The illuminating light of His sufficiency and knowledge, His wisdom and grace, His truth and His power, is reflected in the shining face of the wonderful Lord Jesus. The light of the glorious gospel of grace is streamed into the hearts of all who seek Him with all their whole being.
The very Creator Who spoke worlds into being, flung stars into space, and commanded the light to shine forth with the power of His voice, has shone the light of His truth into our hearts, to enlighten us and open our understanding of the magnificence of God in the lovely face of our Lord.
But in this midnight darkness of the world's filthy habits, we discover that man has rejected the true Light, Who has come into the world to flood mankind with His truth, for men love darkness rather than the Light of lights, because man is a fallen being, who is dead in trespasses and sin and at enmity with God Himself. And yet in His grace, He determined that, "Light shall shine out of darkness," and, "He shone truth into our hearts, to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory in the face of Jesus Christ."
It was Paul who penned these beautiful words to the Christians at Colossae, for he had come to a personal knowledge of the truth. He had developed a beautiful relationship with the Light, who lightens every man coming into the World. The expansive testimony of the heavens above and the inner witness of his God-given conscience, convicted Paul of his need of salvation, and enabled his blinded eyes to be opened to the truth of the glorious gospel of grace.
God in His mercy and love has provided all men with a knowledge of the true Light, through the external witness of nature, and the inner witness of our conscience. He has also given us the convicting witness of the written Word of God - for Light has come into the world so that as many as receive Him are given the right to become children of God.
May each of us treasure the Light we have in our hearts and remember that no matter where we are, what we do, or however dark the path we tread, the Light of the World is not only with us but indwells our heart, and will flood our inner being with His perfect peace - when our mind is stayed on Him.
Loving Father, thank You for the Light You have given me, in the face of Jesus, my Saviour and Lord. It is only through His sufficient sacrifice that I have been so blessed, for without the shining Light of the Spirit of Christ within, I would continue to wallow in the darkness of the world. May the light of Your truth, love, and compassion, shine in me, and reflect from me the glories of Jesus, so that Your name may be glorified in all I say and do. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
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