God is Light
Passed From Death to Life
God’s Word says in I John 1:5, “…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” The Lord is the light. Because God is light, He provides the light we need for our daily walk. The Christian life is a journey through earth to glory. It is the light of the Lord that enables us to make the journey victoriously.
1 John 1:5-9 says, “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…If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth…But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
The key word in this epistle is “fellowship.” The real proof of membership in God’s family is our fellowship with Him. It is the light of the Lord the makes this fellowship possible.
Notice Revelation 21:9-14; 21-23. “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife…And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,…Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal…And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel…On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates…And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb…And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass…And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it…And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
Give special attention to an expression in verse 23, “the Lamb is the light thereof.” This beautiful city of God contains splendour upon splendour, glory upon glory, precious stones, gates of pearl, and a street of gold. But without the light of the Lamb, it would be a dark place, and its wonders could never been seen. Because the Lamb is the light, the beauty of it cannot be surpassed. The glory of it is beyond imagination—all because the Lamb is the light!
Think what the light does to that place. In the same way, God, who is light, does this to our lives. He provides for us a pathway. He provides clarity; He provides truthful direction. “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
The Message We Have Heard of Him
Notice again 1 John 1:3-7 and note the word “declare” in verse 3. Christ was manifested to John, and John declared Christ to others. He said in verse five, “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.”
The apostle John heard this message and, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, recorded it for us. In the gospel of John 1:1-5, the Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The same was in the beginning with God…All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made…In him was life; and the life was the light of men…And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
Darkness cannot drive away light, but light can dispel the darkness. Verses 6 through 14 say, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John…The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe…He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light…That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world…He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not…He came unto his own, and his own received him not…But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:..Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
The Bible says that Christ is that true light, and He “lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Every man that comes into the world knows there is a God. He has enough of the knowledge of God to condemn him, but not enough knowledge to save him.
Every man has two witnesses to the fact that there is a Creator. One of them is creation. Creation declares the glory of God. Creation testifies that God is real. We have the witness of creation, and we have the witness of conscience. Every man that has ever lived has these two witnesses, conscience and creation, that declare there is a God.
Those of us who have been born again into God’s family have received the Lord Jesus as our Savour and the light has come into our lives to give us eternal life. The Bible says that life is the light of men. He desires to guide us, to show us His way, and to reveal what we need to know. He enables us in this sin-cursed world to refuse the things that are wrong and to choose the things that are right. We need God’s light to reveal the right and to expose the wrong. We cannot make this journey on our own.
John 8:12 says, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” We do not have to walk in darkness; we can walk in the light of His life. He is not the light of your world unless you are following Him.
The Word of God says in John 16:7-11, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you…And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:…Of sin, because they believe not on me;…Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;…Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”
The very first work of the Holy Spirit of God is to convict us of sin. God is able to do this because He is light. He reveals to us our sinfulness.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”—1 Corinthians 2:12