Light and LifeBro. David Chancellor
8/25/2002 6:00 PM
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. 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.
It was a new beginning. John wanted to start at the beginning. Jesus was from the start and was God just the same as the Father was God. In him was life; and the life was the light of men Light is a ray going out. It beams because it is life. We cant explain adequately the life that is in Christ, but we know it is there. Christ came that we could have an abundance of life. John could talk about and teach about this light. John the Baptist came proclaiming that the light had come, but he wasnt the light. Christ was the true light. We want to receive Christ. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God If we receive him, we can be Gods son, one of his children. God doesnt differentiate his relationships based on whether were male or female. Hell be father to all mankind. We can pray Our Father because the light of God has shined into us and made us sons of God. not of blood or not of direct lineage Its not based on our natural birth. Were not children of God based on our heritage. We cant just join ourselves to the sons of God and decide well be one (by our will or by the will of man). The only way that we can be made the sons of God is by the blood that Jesus shed and his working in our souls. He must work in us if we would be the sons of God. The grace of God saves us. He should be honored when we find him.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
We had once walked in darkness, but now, we need to walk in the light. The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth. Live a life that has the fruits of Gods Holy Spirit in it. Live as God would have you to live. If you do, your life will reprove the things that are wrong. Christs living, walking example was a way to expose wrong. Be an example of goodness and righteousness and truth. The light of God should go further than your head; it should be in the heart. The life of Christ within will produce certain fruits in the heart. People can have this light and not comprehend a whole lot, but the life will be there. The light in Gods people is something living in the heart. Walk as a child of God.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
If you put a light up high, itll shine and light up the whole room. It wouldnt make sense to turn on a light and then put something over it. that they may see your good works Light and life are tied together. People should notice something different about you. We arent doing good works for the praise of men. We want the Spirit of God to shine through us. We want the life of God to be manifested in us, so that others can see the good works that God helps us to do. The life of Gods Spirit in us will produce good works.
1 John 1:5-7
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.
God is light If we say that we have light, we say that we have God. Hes holy and pure and honest. Theres no darkness in him. He wasnt sinful or deceptive. If we say that we have fellowship with him, if we claim to have light, it will produce the same thing in us that it did in him. We have fellowship with God and wherever he is found, there will be harmony. Light is God in the heart, not scripture in the mind. When you say, I have greater light than Ive ever had before, does it mean there is more of God in the heart, or that there is more scripture in the mind? We need to seek after more of God in the heart. The ultimate goal is to have God in your heart. God is light. God in the soul of man can make a real difference, regardless of your grasp of scripture. Something changes. God needs to come in and make a difference.
1 John 2:8-11
Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
The true light now shines in you A person can say that he has great light, but if he hates his brother, hes still in darkness. Light is wrapped up in the love of God. A person who hates his brother and thinks he has light is deceived. You cant separate the love of God from God. If you have the love of God in you and a real care and concern for others, your light will shine. We dont want our lives to be a hindrance to anyone else. A genuine love for others goes a long way for that. Is the love of God in us? Can others see that we care? The condition of the world is hateful and hating one another. Love is shown in a real care and concern for others. If your light will shine, youll love those around you. He that hates does not abide in the light; he that loves abides in the light. Light is to know God. If his life hasnt come within, youre yet in darkness. He that receives, he that believes, and he that commits to him will have his life abiding within.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
If you want to walk in the light; walk in the Spirit. In love help each other. Build each other up and help each other draw closer to God. Unloving relationships will never build anything of value. By love, serve one another. The state of this world would be improved considerably if people would learn this. Without the love of God, people arent working together. If you get the love of God in your heart, it doesnt take much to figure out how to care about others. Itll either be a walk with God, or a walk in darkness. We want to be led of the Spirit. The proof of Gods spirit is to have the law of God in the heart. If we settle for less than the Spirit of God within, well miss out. We should have a genuine concern for everyone that we meet. We should desire that we not hinder anyone. Stay focused on having the love of God dwelling in the heart. Walk in the presence of God. Live in the presence of God, so that your life is a ray of God going out.