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The Glorious Light

 

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6

 

God uses the natural world as spiritual pictures to teach us many spiritual lessons if we have eyes to see. One thing most all of us take for granted is “light.” Light is good since it originated from God Himself. Light is God’s instrument, which He chooses to illuminate, to make clear, to enlighten, and to shine forth reality.

When God, “who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,” and shined the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ into our hearts, we beheld two things. First, the gospel light exposed our sin in its darkest nature. While secondly, the gospel light demonstrated the radiant beauty of the glory of God’s saving grace in His Son Jesus Christ.

It could be said that the gospel light has many beautiful radiant spiritual beams and prismatic colors such as faith, hope, love, joy, and peace. Yet none is more glorious than God’s saving grace shinning in the hearts of lost sinners so that they would see and come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Among all the dark confusion and gloomy civil unrest that we see in our nation, the gospel light shines brighter every day. The spiritual light of the gospel radiates the glory of God in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ deep within His people’s hearts.

As the sunlight renders objects visible and reveals their form, their nature, and their beauty so it is that Jesus Christ is also called the “light of the world” in John 8:12.   Just as God originally divided the light from the darkness on the first day of creation, so God has divided His people from the world by shinning the light of the glory Jesus Christ into their hearts. Now as our sun is the only source of light for our physical universe, so the glory of God in Jesus Christ is the only source of spiritual light for our universe. Yet, this knowledge of the glory of God in Jesus Christ is obviously not tolerated by the world, but that does not dim His glorious light.

Now this devotion may seem very repetitive.   The reason is because it is important to understand spiritual things for spiritual strength in the midst of an unspiritual and “Christ-intolerant world.” Even so, God’s glory shines brighter. We just need to be aware that one can be religiously devoted to a church, a denomination, or an organization but miss the glory of God in Jesus Christ.   Everything in heaven and in earth is focused upon the glory of God in Jesus Christ. If we miss that, then we miss everything.

(Published in the Marshall County Tribune)

David C. Hale, pastor

New Life Community Church

1001 Easy Street

Lewisburg, TN 37091

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