Romans 13:12: The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. (ESV)
It is interesting that here light is described as an armour, something to protect, something to wear to go into battle. There are the different things we should wear when it comes to going for battle, but they all must be formed from light, the very quality with which God started the creation of the world.
He said: “let there be light” and there was light and darkness was pushed away (Genesis 1:1-3). And light was used to describe the person of Jesus (John 1:1-5). He said that he has come that we may have life in abundance, with the enemy coming to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). John said that Jesus was manifested (as light) to destroy the works of the devil (darkness) (1Jhn 3:8).
John wrote: In him (Jesus) was light and the light was the life of men (John 1:1-5). So light and life has a connection, just as darkness and death are connected in the operation of the devil.
Having the armour of light means that we are equipped to deal with any operation of the devil, Jesus said that he has given us authority to trample on snakes and scorpion, those are descriptive of the operations of the devil (Luke 10:19).
The “serpent” is the subtle way the devil operates, to cause people to enter into his trap, while “scorpion” is the overtly harmful, to cause people to fear him. Either way, we do not have to fall for the devil’s antics as we use the authority that we have.
In the Garden of Eden, Eve was confronted with the devil as a serpent (Genesis 3). And he deceived her, leading her to fall from grace. But when the devil came to Jesus in the wilderness, he did not succeed. He was able to beat him down as he raised the armour of light, to dispel the darkness, which depicts the devil.
He raised the word of God, which as listed as the spiritual armour that we should put on, is the sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:1-3).
Light is embedded in the word and when the word is released, light is released, and at the end of the temptation of Jesus it was the devil who fled (as darkness before light) and Jesus who stood in power (Luke 4:1-14).
But it was not so in the Garden of Eden when Eve willingly left behind the word of God and embraced the lies of the enemy.
She yielded to the deception of the devil because of her quickness to let the word of God go. She could not stand for the word and she fell for the devil. She could not stand for the light and she was swallowed up by darkness.
When all is said and done she was the one chased from the gardened that God prepared for her while the devil gained ascendancy as the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4).
Each component of the armour of God mentioned by Paul in the book of Acts is built with light. That means that none of us can succeed against the devil, standing against the word of God. You cannot be rebellious against God and win. It does not work like that. It is only by submitting ourselves under the mighty hand of God that we can resist the devil.
Light also means revelation, it is spiritual enlightenment. Paul said that we should not be ignorant of the devices of the devil or else he may take advantage of us (2Corinthians 2:11). Light is about living in obedience to God.
Paul wrote about God crushing the devil under our feet (Romans 16:20). The feet represents movement. It presents our lifestyle, our walk. God told Abraham walk before me and be perfect (Genesis 17:1). A lifestyle in line with the word of God is a life that shines as light and the devil is crushed by that. When you obey God, the devil is crushed, as you spend your time pleasing God, you trample upon his works everywhere you go.
As God causes you to shine the light of the knowledge of God, darkness is dispelled. The knowledge of God is beyond mere information, it is about how you have been transformed into the image of the Son of God (2Corinthians 3:18). It is about the elevation of your thought processes to better reflect God’s. God told some people: your thoughts are not my thoughts nor your ways my ways (Isaiah 55:8).
Since God dwells in unapproachable light, everything about him has the quality of light, because light, in the real sense, is just the revelation of who God, the one without limit, is.
And the absence of his revelation is darkness, anything contrary to him is darkness and the bible says that we are children of light (Ephesians 5:8) and in another place it says that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).
The summary is God is light and in him is no darkness at all (1John 1:5). Walking in God is walking in the light. Walking in the light is to walk in the ways of God, walking with the light of his countenance shining upon us, walking in his favour, and power.
The charge in the focus verse is to cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. When we cast off the works of darkness what we put on are the works of light, which becomes the armour of light.
The bible says that wisdom is a defence (Ecclesiastes 7:12). Wisdom is the ability to make the right decision and the bible says that the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Walking in the light is walking in wisdom, it is walking controlled by God. When we receive Jesus, it is as saviour and Lord; as one who sets us free and the one we are bound to; as the one who cleans us up and the one who fills us up with himself with his mandate, his presence, and his word.
The word is our light. A psalmist said: your word is a light to my feet and a lamp to my path (Psalm 119:105). If we will do the will of God, it is because we have embraced the light. And if we do not do the will of God, we are not walking in the light, regardless of anything else that we do. The Pharisees were said to have rejected the will of God for them having disregarded the ministry of John the Baptist, though they were full of religious observance in their time (Luke 20:1-8).
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