Let there be light

by Ronald Bartanen THE SOWER, SEPT. 22

When God created the heavens and the earth, Genesis 1:1-3 tells us that all was enshrouded in darkness until “God said, Let there be light, and there was light.” In Scripture, light is portrayed as the antithesis of darkness spiritually. There is no substance to darkness; it is simply the absence of light. The realm of darkness is the realm of demonic hosts spoken of as “the rulers of the darkness of this world” (Ephesians 6:12), of whom Satan is prince (2:2). His is the kingdom of darkness. Believers in Christ are spoken of as being “delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of His (God’s) dear Son” (Colossians 1:13). As the new creation in Christ, God has spoken His light into our hearts, as Paul declared: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath 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).

The kingdom of darkness is ever about us. It is evident to all as we view the violence and carnage in a world that will not acknowledge God, or His Son. We find ourselves bombarded daily with both the lure and the frightful consequences of what the Bible speaks of as “the works of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11). God’s judgment on such a world is described graphically in Zephaniah 1:15 as “a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.” While the prophet spoke of God’s judgment of Judah for their transgressions, can anything less be expected for God’s judgment of any nation or of the world? Dark days are ahead for any people who will forsake Him.

During the second World War a song of hope sung countless times was, “When the Lights Go on Again All Over the World.” When the threat of air raids was no more, lights did eventually come on again, bringing great joy. Blackouts became a thing of the past. No longer would Europe huddle in the darkness of their homes, as they heard the terrifying explosion of bombs all around them. Darkness gave way to light In the darkness of spiritual ignorance and evil in the world, we can yet have hope. The central message of the Bible is that God sent His Son, who declared, “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). But some refuse the light, preferring darkness. Jesus said, “This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). Having chosen the realm of darkness rather than the light of Christ, for such is “reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 13). Ever how much darkness envelops this world before Christ returns, the believer anticipates that day when His creation will again radiate the light of His glory. John was given a vision of the heavenly city which “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 (Christ) is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there” (Revelation 21:23-25). Again it will be said, “Let there be light.”

In Christ, Steve Preston