Its characteristics are beauty, radiance, utility. The Bible isn’t really a book about the creation of the heavens as much as it’s a book about how to get to heaven, but Genesis 1:1 isn’t the actual beginning. Clouds and snow appear as white because almost all of the sun’s light is reflected by the water in the clouds and snow. No object better illustrates whatever is pure, glorious, spiritual, joyful, and beneficent. The light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame (Isa. Jesus as logos is the eternal expression of God as a word is the expression of a thought. The prophetic word of God is what brings hope of the light yet to come, and Peter provides an appropriate admonition: "You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in you hearts" ( 2 Peter 1:19 ). Hence it may be known what is meant by the expression in the benediction:--, Jehovah make His faces shine upon thee, and be merciful unto thee (Num. God is said to dwell in light inaccessible ( 1 Timothy 6:16 ). 42:6). Something akin, possibly, to the all-pervasive electro-magnetic activity of the aurora borealis penetrated the chaotic night of the world. One of the most wonderful, cheering, and useful of all the works of God; called into being on the first of the six days of creation, by his voice: "Let there be light;" and there was light. A Light to the World. As the predicted Messiah, He was to be "for alight of the Gentiles" (Isaiah 42:6; 49:6). This distinction rarely obtains in the Bible, which deals with man as a spiritual being and looks upon his faculties as interdependent in their action. In the threefold essence of His being God is Life (zoe) (John 5:26; 6:57); God is Love (agape) (1John 4:8); God is Light (phos) (1John 1:5). Throughout the Old Testament light is regularly associated with God and his word, with salvation, with goodness, with truth, with life. Proud member In order to create and nurture deep Christian fellowship you have to talk about who you think Christ is and what he taught. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 21:2, 23). This is the message we ha… The Light Yet to Come. Salem Media Group. All who catch and reflect the light of God and of Christ are called "light," "lights. The Light of Salvation and Life for Believers Those responding to the light are ushered into the sphere of life in which darkness is dispelled. Verse 9. (a) A few passages, however, refer to the light that comes chiefly to the intellect or mind through Divine instruction, e.g. Light (1) Natural Light. [3] As regards the very origin of light, this has been from eternity from the Lord alone; for Divine good itself and Divine truth, from which light comes, is the Lord. Although Satan can disguise himself as "an angel of light, " Christians live in the true light of salvation, laying aside the deeds of darkness and putting on the protective "armor of light" ( Rom 13:12 ). The Divine Human, which was from eternity (John 17:5), was this light itself. All rights reserved. The revealed will of God provides light to the heart, soul, and mind of humanity, providing guidance in a dark world ( Psalm 19:7-10 ; Psalms 119:105 Psalms 119:130 ). This blog examines the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:14-16. Supernatural was the effulgence at Christ's transfiguration that made "his garments .... white as the light" (Matthew 17:2). 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