Light in the physical is opposite of darkness. Most people believe that light (daylight) has as its source the sun. But upon examining God’s Word concerning light, God revealed The Light before He created the sun (Genesis 1:3; Psalm 74:16). God called The Light day, and He called the darkness night. Then in Genesis 1:16, God created the sun (the greater light) to rule the day. This is not a lesson in physical science; however, to learn the value of The Light in and apart from the sun, the ruler of the day, this distinction must be brought to light. The sun was created by God (verse 16), “God made”; but the Word says (verse 3), “Let there be light.”
The Light was not created, but revealed; or it was manifested to be opposite of darkness. The value of The Light physically is that it is opposite of darkness. Without The Light, we would have no revelation; no perception; no understanding; nor any wisdom of God, of His creation, of His attributes, of His plan and purpose in man and in his creation. God reveals in His Word that He is The Light.
However, to see The Light, man had to be given the capacity to see light, and that is through the creation of the eye. This applies to physical sight; the eye is the instrument that allows the light to enter into his mind, or his spirit. Without the eye (God’s camera He placed in man), man’s mind could not examine God’s creation. As God must give man an eye to allow visual sight, God must also give a spiritual eye to perceive God and His attributes and His plan and purpose in Jesus Christ, Who is The Light of the world (John 8:12).
Our text (Psalm 119:130) speaks of an ability to allow the entrance of God’s Word. This of course requires a spiritual eye. This spiritual eye is connected to the spiritual mind, or the quickened mind (John 6:63; Ephesians 2:1), of the believer in Christ. A mind that has been regenerated; made alive; or to say “born again,” born from above (John 3:3-8); made a new creature in Christ with a new nature that has the love of God shed abroad in it by the Holy Spirit of God (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 5:5; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 6:63; 3:3-8; Titus 3:5; Romans 8:14-16). Therefore, a regenerated mind has the ability to receive God’s Word; for herein (in the mind) Faith dwells.
When God’s Word comes into a regenerated person (one who is indwelt by the Spirit of God), he is given “Light.” That is, now is revealed The Light Himself, Christ, and His unsearchable riches as God in the flesh.
“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)
You will note that Paul refers the reader in 2 Corinthians 4:6 back to when God in Genesis 1:3 “commanded the light,” not the sun, but the true Light that lighted everyman’s heart (John 1:1-10), “to shine out of darkness.” Paul then applies this to shining the same Light in our hearts (minds) “to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Genesis 1:3 has to do with revelation and 2 Corinthians 4:6 has to do with regeneration.
The value of spiritual light is that it gives spiritual discernment or understanding (1 Corinthians 2:9-16). The Light Himself illuminates His Word as it enters the mind and instructs, explains, and builds up the believer in the most holy faith (Ephesians 4:12-16). Knowledge is fact; wisdom is understanding, or perception, and how to apply the knowledge of God that is explained or revealed.
The purposes of this devotion are:
- To lead you to understand that as a born again person, you have spiritual eyes that have the ability to see the Word of God. That Light is the result of entrance through your spiritual eye of faith (John 3:3-8; Hebrews 11:1). That because of Christ, The Light living in you (Galatians 2:20), you receive understanding of Christ Himself, and of His Word of promise and practice.
- To lead you to study His Word: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
- To cause you to be built up and established in Christ (Ephesians 4:12-16), not “…tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine…”
- To reveal the freedom you have in Truth (or Christ) (John 8:32, 36); the confidence and boldness that you are no longer a servant (slave) to sin, but you are now dead to sin (or to its dominion, or rule). And you are now a servant (bond slave) of Jesus Christ; and your fruit will be (not may be) the “fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life,” and no longer bear the fruit of sin “whereof ye are now ashamed” (Romans 6:20-22).
- To give you an understanding that “being justified by faith” you possess “peace with God” that was secured for the believer on the cross in the vicarious and expiatory Sacrifice of Christ as the Sin Offering (Romans 5:1-2); and this peace is secured for all eternity for all believers, for all who have been born again.
Therefore, the value of The Light is priceless, for by Him (Christ, The Light) we are indwelt. In Him we have the Light of Life and all wisdom. Be encouraged, child of God, you are not in darkness, but in The Light. The blind man of John 9 said, “…whereas I was blind, now I see” (verse 25). Praise God for The Light (John 8:12; 9:5; 2 Corinthians 4:6; 1 John 1:5; Revelation 21:23, 24; 22:5).
“It giveth understanding unto the simple.” Now we perceive the truth; and the truth makes us free. Now, we understand; and understanding brings stability, gives us strength, and allows us to rest in His Peace.