Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Light Expels Darkness

Genesis 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

When the earth was darkened, in a state of chaos, God spoke, “Let there be light”.

He did not need the light, for He is light; but the earth did.

All of His creatures He was about to create, did.

We need to consider the fact that there are two Principles at work in the Universe.

One is the Principle of Obedience, which is of God.

The other is the Principle of Rebellion, which is of the Adversary, the Devil.

God’s Principle is called Light. While the other is called Darkness.

God has given light to each person born:

John 1:9 “That was the true light, which lighteth every man which cometh into the world.”

Each person is given the light or knowledge that there is God.

It is what we do with that light, that matters.

John 3:19-21 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Jesus said:

John 3:7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

To be born again is to have Christ’s life placed within us by the Holy Spirit. He indwells us, empowering us to know and do His Will.

(“We are saved by grace through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God…For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works…that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10)

John 3:8 “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

You can not see the wind; but you can see the effects of the wind: the leaves blowing, the trees moving, etc.

So when you are born again, you can tell by the effects of this new birth in your life.

2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who hath 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.”

The first thing of His New Creation within us?

“Hath shined in our hearts”

He gave His Light to our hearts so that we might clearly see Him, and love Him dearly.

“To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

This is personal knowledge, for ourselves, in our lives, as they are.

This is emphasizing the personal relationship of Christ Jesus to us, which is what He wants for us.

When the Light comes, it leads us to fellowship with Christ:

1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

This fellowship is spoken of as “walking in the Light”.

You can think of stepping out of the Shadows of your life, into the light of day.

Colossians 1:13 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:”

But what to do?

We Walk. We are to continue to walk in the light: Walking, not running in the light of His love, and Word. This suggests the nearness of friends, the comfort of good conversation, and the strength of two.

“And the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

1 John 1:8-9 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Here is set forth the means for that cleansing from all sin.

It is to know deliverance from the Power of Sin in your life. This is very personal.

It is not sinless perfection, but deliverance.

Deliverance means to rescue. It means we are brought out of, not only the sin of one time, but from the power of that sin in our lives.

The true taking away of sin is this: If the Light comes in, the darkness is expelled.

They can not dwell together.

The Light of Christ yields honesty of heart and mind.

We will see, by the Holy Spirit, the truth of our attitudes, ways of doing things, and the truth of the why of our sin.

(Why we do what we do, to the people we do it to.)

Honesty will lead us to throw ourselves on God more, for strength, wisdom, help, patience, etc.

And if we get honest with Him, He will help us in every aspect of our lives. He is Light, and with Him (and we need to stay with Him) we will be empowered in the day by day circumstances of our lives. (Even if we have made a mess of them before.)

We are to walk with Jesus in His Light. Yes, He will reprove and correct us; for light does both.

But it is in love, always looking for the response of love from us:

Jude 21 :”Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

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