- November 18, 2016 at 10:06 am #122020
This topic has been on my mind to study, so here are some of my thoughts. They regard the “light” that was Day One of creation.
I John 1:5 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.
From this, we understand a clear separation exists between light and darkness. They cannot coexist, whatsoever. This understanding lends to the following references made about our familial relationships with God, who is light.
John 1:12 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:
I Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Here is another point made about us being of the same light God is.
Mathew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 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. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
After we believe in Jesus, God puts His seal of approval on us. One of the ways in which this occurs is through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. But the idea I wanted to further explore is the light aspect. We are moved from darkness into light, by faith.
I Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
Again, all these things denote a distinct separation between light and darkness, and as a result between belief and unbelief.
It’s thought “ordo ab chao” or “order out of chaos” is an NWO thing. It’s actually not. God is the original author of order out of chaos.
Chaos is essentially what the word “darkness” translates to.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
The very first thing we are told is God created everything. The rest of the chapter describes the process by which that came about: the will of God exercised through the voice of God, (the spoken Word of God – Jesus Christ) brought everything into being.
Verse 5 is interesting – And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. Kind of reminds us of what Paul wrote in I Thessalonians 5, huh?
I Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
But I want to bring one specific thing into focus, and that is verse 3 where God said, Let there be light; and there was light.
We are told in I John 1:5, the first verse I posted, that God is light.
The very first thing God did when He began creation was lend a part of Himself to it. He put His stamp of ownership on His creation from the very start of it by giving it the characteristic of His very being – light.
When I consider this, I liken it to a painter putting his signature on his artwork when it’s complete. But God put His signature on creation, not at the end. Rather, He placed it at the very beginning.
Throughout the entirety of creation, he continued to make order out of chaos until He was finished. When He was finished, He declared it all “very good”. Thus, creation was complete, and He rested.
It is for this reason, Romans 1 writes about one’s ability to observe creation and be able to come to knowledge of the Creator.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
God’s eternal power and Godhead are observable in creation because the very characteristic of God – light – was the foundation of creation. We do not just observe what He did. We observe Him through His handiwork.
The concept that God’s light is the foundation of His creation is expressed similarly in the idea that God’s “Light of the World” is the foundation for the salvation of His greatest creation.
I find this utterly fascinating.Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
November 18, 2016 at 12:03 pm #122021
Here’s part 2 to this, which is the lead-in to the judgment seat of Christ aka the Bema.
I’m writing it out now because it’s easier for me to remember for my livestream tonight since I still have a lot more to go through.
The light and darkness conversation is one of a spiritual nature, but there is an aspect of the person of God that deals also with light that is very literal, and that is in the context of the glorious appearing of the Lord. We anticipate the Second Coming to be a glorious appearing, but it is certainly not the only one in the Bible. The Second Coming will simply be the glorious appearing of God in the flesh.
God is light, because light is the purest substance. We are told in John 4:24 that God is a Spirit.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
We have at least several references to the Spirit that is God being a light to the children of Israel: as a pillar of fire, as tempered by a cloud, as filling the tabernacle and temple, etc. There is not just a spiritual light associated with God, as Day One of creation shows. There is also a very literal light associated with God.
Before I get to Jesus, I really need to draw attention to two of the ways in which the glory of the Lord appeared in the Old Testament, as listed above. The glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud, and the glory of the Lord also filled the house of the Lord. In the former situation, the glory of the Lord was tempered by the cloud so as not to consume those in its presence. However, when the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord, it was completely undiluted. For this reason, no one was able to enter the house of the Lord while the glory of the Lord was filling it, lest they be consumed.
These differences in the tempered and un-tempered glory of the Lord as displayed in the Old Testament, are also displayed in the New Testament with the first and second comings of Jesus Christ.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Jesus has always been God in the flesh. The difference though, was that His first coming was tempered by His humanity. Thus, people were able to look upon Him without being consumed.
John 1:14 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.
However, at His Second Coming, His glory will not be diluted. Neither will it be at the rapture of the church. Why? Because the glory of the Lord which will show in the glorified being of Jesus Christ will consume that which stands in its presence, just like the un-tempered glory of the Lord would have done in the Old Testament. There is an exception, though.
This is why the judgment seat of Christ is called “standing through the fire”.
Deuteronomy 4:24 For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
Hebrews 12:28-29 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
How did the Lord accept the sacrifices and accept the dedication of the house of the Lord? By consuming the sacrifices with fire. How will He accept us, who are called lively stones who offer up spiritual sacrifices unto Him? (I Peter 2:5)
How was Moses able to withstand being in the presence of the Lord in the cloud atop Sinai?
How will the Antichrist not be able to withstand the presence of Jesus at the Second Coming?
How was it that Moses’s face shone from being in the presence of God when he returned down the mountain?
How is it that the Antichrist will be destroyed with the brightness of His coming?
II Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The Spirit will change us. The Spirit that all of us have as a result of having the same thing that Moses had. As a result of having something the Antichrist will not have.
This thing is what God desires most. This thing is the only thing that can save us. This thing is what will stand through the fire. The lack of this thing is what will be burned up.
… but he himself shall be saved, so as by fire.
Because this thing we have is the basis for our salvation, and without it, it’s impossible to please God.
More to come in the video tonight re: the judgment seat of Christ.Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
November 18, 2016 at 11:37 pm #123300
Thank you Heather. I’m blessed by this teaching.November 20, 2016 at 3:13 pm #125163
A fascinating topic Heather. And we too will appear as light beings in Heaven. Our eyes will need changing to be able to behold His Glory. Another fascinating topic connected to this is how every cell in our bodies will recognize Him and bow to Him in honor and in worship. We won’t be able to stand in His Presence without first bowing/falling to our knees or on our faces to the ground in honoring Him as King of Kings, Lord of Lords. We will be weak kneed in His Presence. Our very cells will respond to His Presence. This fascinates me (and I hope a lot of angels will be around to help us get back up. lol) How I want to see the evil ones bowing in submission and claiming He is Lord! What a day that will be to witness.
The eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him.November 21, 2016 at 6:59 am #125192
Perhaps it puts the following verses into a different perspective… (although the first one I think most of us already knew was both physical and spiritual in nature… maybe?)
And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:
A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
…kind of like what the angels in the abyss are currently locked away under…
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
This is why I believe everything gets burned up at the Second Coming – the earth and the works that are therein (II Peter 3:10) — because it’s all sin/darkness with no light. The only caveat would be the supernatural protection God is providing for the remnant, just like only the Israelites weren’t under darkness in Egypt.
Revelation 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
Anyway, I just find this all very interesting. And in case anyone didn’t know, the first two posts here go with a video I did which fills in some blanks and brings it all together. It’s on my other thread, but it’s about the Bema/Judgment Seat of Christ & the Result of Faith in a Believer’s Life.Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
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