Light shows the way. If you are lost in darkness what you need is not an argument, a lecture, a list of new theories to learn. What you need is illumination. Illumination helps you to find a way. Whatever progress you think you are making in darkness, may be in the wrong direction, and you are getting further lost.
When in darkness, we are perceptually falling into the traps, and we live in fear, which immobilises us. In the light, you do not just walk you can also run, make progress.
In the context of the focus verse, getting light is about relationship with God. Being a light to the gentiles/nations mean helping them to connect with God who is light. The bible says God is light and in him there is no darkness at all (1John 1:5). His essence is light. The bible also says he dwells in unapproachable light (1Timothy 616).
All lights that we see have a source. The source of our spiritual light Christ. The bible says that in him was light and the light was the life of men (John 1:1-5). So being a light to the gentiles means helping others experience the life of God within them.
Before God said, in the focus verse, that we will be light to gentiles, he had said he called us in righteousness (Isaiah 42:1-6). The point is that you cannot give what you do not have, you cannot be light when you are living in the darkness of unrighteousness.
Certain sons of a priest in the book of Acts presumed to give freedom from the devil for a man when they were still in bondage. They got black eyes because of that, from what the demon did to them.
When Peter stood before the crippled man at the beautiful gate in the temple at Jerusalem in the same book of Acts, he boldly told him: silver and gold I have not but what I have I give you, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk (Acts 3).
They gave the cripple “healing Jesus” because they were in a relationship with him. They know him and so they can shine his light to others on his behalf.
Jesus chose them to be with him (spiritual training) and afterwards to send them forward to minister to others (Mark 3:14). On top of that he asked them to wait in Jerusalem for the endowment of the Holy Spirit and afterwards were able to move in the power of the Holy Spirit.
And later on the shadow of Peter became an instrument of healing (Acts 5:15). He was a shining light and the darkness of sickness fades away in his wake.
Jesus called us lights (Matthew 5:14), but again the bible refers to the word of God as light. Also, Paul says that “we have this treasure in earthen vessels,” this blazing light. And he also said in him (Paul) dwells nothing good (Romans 7:18).
So bringing all that together, I ask this question: how come we are light?
We are light because we have Jesus in us, we cannot be light apart from him, and the difference in the brightness of the light between different people is not in the different versions of Jesus, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever more (Hebrews 13:8).
Paul said we should let the word of Christ dwell richly in our heart. He said that will determine our life flow to other.
So you shine brighter the deeper the word of God that is in you. The word becomes your fuel empowering you to do great things, it becomes your inner energy, changing you and making you a tool of change, enabling you to do great things, and you will be able to say like Paul: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). Christ the word infuses his vision, ability, confidence in us.
The bible says those who know their God will be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32). The knowledge of God in you makes the difference between the shining brightly and shining dimly.
Jesus said that one does not light a candle and put it under a bushel (Matthew 5:15). When we are lighted up in the presence of God as we spend time with his word hearing his word, we thereafter go out and become light to the word, light to the gentiles.
Jesus came from heaven as the light, with heavenly fire to set us on fire, burning away at the bondages the people are in and fuelling the purpose of God on the earth; vanquishing darkness.
The word shows us who God is. We do not know God apart from his word. The word becomes the gateway into the experience of God, the experience of his light and we are able to connect the world to that, as we encourage him in his word, so that when the world meets you they meet God, because you carry him.
The light is from heaven, and therefore, cannot be quenched, it is sourced from God. So we cannot continue to shine if we did not constantly set our eyes on heaven.
The words of Christ confer supernatural ability on us, it breaks the limitation of the human sinful conditioning and gives a taste of heavenly capabilities that man was originally made to have. So being light is actually a restoration process, making man back into who we were, righteousness, power and wisdom.
“Light to the Gentiles” is a call to relevance, to service, to a life on a mission, to helping others to gain the victory that you already have because as mentioned above, those who know their God will be strong and do exploit.
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