Light, healing, righteousness, glory

water-209901_640Isaiah 58:8: Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

Four words are mentioned in the focus verse which were lost in the Garden of Eden but restored in Jesus.

Light

Before God made the earth, it was full of darkness, and the first things that God did was to address that situation. He said: let there be light (Genesis 1:1-3).

Light defines the core of who God is. And at the end, when this age winds up, what we will have is God dwelling with man and part of what that means is that there will no other source of light, no shadow with be cast because God will be light (Revelation 21:23).

Light means knowledge, and knowing God and living based on that is the ultimate light. The ministry of Jesus was described as the manifestation of light. Matthew said that he fulfilled the prophetic word which says: those who dwell in darkness have seen a great light (Matthew 4:16). When Adam and Eve turned away from the truth and the knowledge of God, they entered into darkness (Genesis 3).

Light also means freedom and service. Jesus said that he needs to work the work of the one who have sent him while it is day because the night comes when no man can work (John 9:1-4).

Light means relationship with God because he is light and in him there is no darkness at all, no variableness or shadow of turning (1John 1:5, James 1:17). And the path of the believer should shine brighter and brighter until the perfect day. Therefore, light means movement in the right direction. It means divine energy and ability.

Healing

Healing in the bible covers a lot of situations: earth, water to our body. There will be no need for healing if there is no wound, no ill-health.

In the ministry, Jesus the gates of healing was opened because of the love of God. God decided to show that he can do something about the avalanche of disease that the devil is unleashing in the world.

When Jesus was beaten on the way to the cross, nailed and has a crown of thorns on his head, bleeding from all over, the bible says all that was to provide us with healing through his stripes (1Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:5).

That was God giving us his only begotten son, because of his love (John 3:16). So healing is a message about not just the ability of God but also of his love. God wants to heal us and made the “cut skin” of Jesus the gate to make that available. The torn flesh of Jesus, the bible recorded, is connected with the veil on the holy of holies in the temple getting torn to have healing released (Hebrews 10:19-20, Matthew 27:50-51), bringing the reality of heaven on earth when it comes to our spirit, soul and body, all components of man that needs healing, after the mishap in the Garden of Eden.

Ill-health in any context means whatever is limiting, it is having our positive possibilities held back. And the bible says that the whole creature groans and waits, for the manifestation of the sons of God, to be free it from futility, servitude without magnitude (Romans 8:19-21). That is the earth experiencing healing.

Therefore healing, like light, is all about freedom. And we read that the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2Corinthians 3:17). And there is a link between the healing and the operation of the Holy Spirit, who manifests the gifts of healing.

Elisha took salt and poured it into water in the land of Jericho and the end the water was healed, bringing relief to the whole town (2Kings 2:19-22).

Water in another place in the scriptures means a mass of people, and Jesus called his followers the salt of the earth; that means their prophetic purpose is to bring healing to people, and Jesus said we should lay hands on the sick and they will recover, have whatever limits on them removed, especially when it has to do with their body (Mark 16:15-18).

Righteousness

Righteousness is not self-defined, it is not in isolation from the word of God. In the Garden of Eden, the law that was tripped upon by Adam and Eve was about what they should not eat. They decided to act against that word, believing the lies of the devil, and so lost out big time in the plans of God (Genesis 3).

James wrote that the effectual prayer of the righteous man avails much (James 5:16). Righteousness is about devotion to God. It is the flame of devotion to God, and burns off all other entanglements.

Isaiah experienced fire from the presence of God to clean him up when he complained about himself that he was a man of unclean lips (Isaiah 6:1-11).

And the fire is the symbol of the presence of the Holy Spirit. We saw him manifest as such in the second chapter of the book of Acts. Jesus did not leave us with a set of commandments and rules to obey, we have his life within you to live from, the fire of the Holy Spirit, making you live the life of heaven, as you share his motivation, and drive, as you are empowered with his vision and ability.

Glory

When Adam and Eve realised that they have sinned they suddenly realised that they were naked. They were not aware of that because they had their senses filled with the glory of God.

The glory is the presence of God, and that was what man was marked with, being made in the image of God. Paul however said all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), when they embraced sin, they left glory behind because the glory is associated with his holiness.

We learned that in at least two places in the bible. In the book of Ezekiel, God showed the prophet the various abomination taking place in the temple, the glory of God departed from there. And when Isaiah saw God, he heard angels saying, holy is the Lord God Almighty, all the earth is full of his glory. His holiness is therefore intimately related with his glory.

While holiness is internal, glory is external. While holiness is a state, glory is a statement, it is something in motion, and it is about the actions of God that affirms his supernatural nature.

The first time glory was associated with Jesus was in Cana of galilee where it was declared that the turning of water into wine was a manifestation of the glory of God laying a premise for the other manifestation of God through him, in outstanding miracles recorded in the pages of the four gospels (John 2:1-11). And we can walk in similar glory, being conveyers of the miracles of God.

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