The Light ~ That shines

The Light has dawned

  • We are all sinners and are in the deep darkness, we don’t know what is good and evil, the light has dawned so we can see well in the darkness (“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” – Isaiah 9:2), the light is our Lord Jesus, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12.

You are a chosen people to come into light

  • “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9

A glass board

  • Consider every people in the world as a glass board, and consider there will be an opaque dark spots for each and every sin of us, on the day of the Lord everyone will be exposed to light and only those who transmits light fully that is those who are without any spots only be chosen as Lord’s people others will be out, but when we come into the light, that is by declaring Jesus is the Lord and also repenting our sins then with the blood of the Christ in just one swipe all the spots will be cleared. As it is cleared, God will not even remember how many spots we had before and how bigger those spots were. And so when we are exposed to light on the day of the Lord we will be full of light and are winners.. “You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.” – 2 Samuel 22:29.
  • Once we come into light we should do the deeds of the light. Even after coming into light we can’t say that we will never sin, because we are Humans and are sinners, “Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?” – Proverbs 20:9. To clear our spots we should confess our sins, by confessing we are exposing it to light, “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” – Ephesians 5:13 thus when we expose it to light, those spots will be cleared. “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” – Psalm 32:5

Eye to see good and evil

  • So what if we sinned without knowing it, there will be a spot again, How can we confess if we don’t even know what we did is a sin? It is written “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” – Isaiah 5:20. For that we have to Ask God to give us an eye to see what is good and evil, eye is the wisdom.
  • Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” – Luke 11:34-36

From infant to mature

  • Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” – 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
  • We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!” – Hebrews 5:11-12. “Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.” – 1 Corinthians 14:20
  • Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” – Ephesians 4:14-15.
  • We should ask God to give us wisdom to understand his words and walk in his path. We should be matured in faith and in righteousness so that we will not be tossed back and forth. We should not think like a child, blind to see what is good and bad, instead we should be matured to see things (good and evil) clearly under the light.

Solid foods to get matured

  • We should keep our eye (wisdom) healthy to look what is good and evil, so that we will not do the deeds of darkness, but how to keep it healthy? Like weaning the infants from milk to solid foods we have to start eating solid foods to keep our eye healthy.. Solid foods!!! Yes.. “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” – Hebrews 5:13-14
  • Solid food is nothing but constant use of words in our life. Understanding the deep meaning of the words and using it in our life to know God’s will. “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” – Psalm 119:130

To keep healthy eye healthier

  • We should use our wisdom to understand the words and apply it to do good deeds and to resist the evil deeds, with each use of our wisdom, it will grow much, thus our healthy eye will become much more healthier.
  • No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.” – Luke 8:16-18
  • Unfolding of the word is the light, so once you have received the wisdom to unfold the words, you have to bring all your ways under the light, that is, use wisdom to understand God’s words to know God’s will, and do the good deeds, we should not keep this wisdom idle but have to use it to get more, or else it will be taken away, Whoever has (used wisdom) will be given more.

An oil lamp

  • The infant body of us is the glass board, by eating solid foods God will mould us to oil lamp the matured body of us, so the light will be inside us now, and we will become a light of this world, “everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” – Ephesians 5:13
  • You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
  • To keep our lamp shining we have to pour oil to it, pouring oil is nothing but using wisdom to differentiate good and evil to do good deeds and to resist the evil deeds. The things you do is what the way you are showing to the people, those who come to you. Those are the things they can see under your light. You can do anything in this world but not the thing that make anyone who comes to you to stumble. “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” – 1 Corinthians 10:23-24. “If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.” – Romans 14:15-18, 20, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31-33. “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.” – 2 Corinthians 8:21.

Darkness in the form of light at the night

  • Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”” – John 11:9-10, during the night  that is in our trial period, we may not clearly see things under light, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” – Proverbs 14:12. If we didn’t properly use our wisdom to unfold his words to light up the ways, we might choose the wrong path in the darkness.
  • When Jesus was tempted by the devil after forty days of fasting, the devil tempted Jesus with the promises God gave to Jesus, “Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”” – Matthew 4:5-7
  • Jesus could have jumped from the hill to put a show before devil, but he unfolded the deep meaning of the words, and understood the will of God. The darkness will come in the form of light, if you didn’t unfold the correct meaning of the word the light within you will become dark, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” – James 2:10. “But if your eyes are unhealthy (if your wisdom lacks to find goodness), your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” – Matthew 6:23 , so “See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.” – Luke 11:35, use wisdom to unfold his words to light up your ways “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” – Psalm 119:105, only through the light we can overcome the darkness, and the wisdom is what we can receive from God, by asking for it. As the Lord is light, and with him “even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” – Psalm 139:12

Let your light shine

  • God will be your light at the night, “The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.” – Isaiah 60:19. As we don’t have that much knowledge to judge the right ways, and our ways may lead to death, so we have to follow his ways.
  • Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”” – Isaiah 30:21, He will guide us to the right path but we have to ASK him in faith to receive his answer, “Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.” – Psalm 43:3. Then the answer will be whispered in your ears.
  • What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” – Matthew 10:27. You should tell others the things he taught you, this way you are letting your light shine before others, that is showing the path God guided you to choose during your night, so that it may help someone to not stumble during their night time. It doesn’t mean that you have to show, how perfect you are, but to show how you are perfected by God, that way they can see that path and follow it.
  • And also it doesn’t mean that you have to practice your righteousness before all, as it is written ““Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:1-4, but when anyone come to you for help or something else, give them generously when they ask, be kind and tolerate with them and love them and try to fulfil their needs. Do the right things for them. This way the one who comes to you can see your light.

The day of the Lord

  • for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6, 10-11
  • If you are the children of the light, then you don’t need to worry about the day of the Lord, but be careful in your ways to not go into the way of darkness and get surprised.

Parable of Ten virgins

  • ““At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
  • Matthew 25:1-13

Parable meaning

  • We are all his people with the lamp (the matured body of our spirit) if only we use wisdom(oil) to do good deeds then we can fill our lamp, so that it will shine till bridegroom’s arrival. If we think we can go get forgiveness at morning to make ourself clear we will be like a fool virgin who ran to get oil. We should make use of our wisdom to differentiate between good and evil, to keep our body spotless.
  • For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,” – Ephesians 5:8-18
  • We should make use of every opportunity to use our wisdom and submit our ways to God, to become a spotless lamp.

So be ready

  • ““Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” – Luke 12:35-36, 40, 43-48 

“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

– Isaiah 58:11 


Peace be with you

–Dhivya

 

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