The Bible isn’t really a book about the creation of the heavens as much as it’s a book about how to get to heaven, but Genesis 1:1 isn’t the actual beginning. Clouds and snow appear as white because almost all of the sun’s light is reflected by the water in the clouds and snow. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. These images in Matthew 5:13, 14, 15 and 16 immediately follow the Beatitudes and are often interpreted as referring to Jesus' expectations of his disciples. It follows that believers are a light to the world as well. That ethereal agent or matter which makes objects perceptible to the sense of seeing, but the particles of which are separately invisible. "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all" (1John 1:5). Our lives are to be an on-going witness to the reality of Christ's presence in our lives. Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee. For usage information, please read the Baker Book House Copyright Statement. In Palestine there is hardly a day in the whole year when the sun does not shine for some part of it, while for five months of the year there is scarcely an interruption of the sunshine. The Light of Salvation and Life for Believers Those responding to the light are ushered into the sphere of life in which darkness is dispelled. 9:2); from which passages it is very plain that the Lord as to the Divine good and truth in the Divine Human, is called light. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Life, joy, activity and all blessings are dependent upon light. (6) prosperity, relief (Esther 8:16; Job 30:26), in contrast with the calamities of the wicked whose "light .... shall be put out" (Job 18:5); (7) joy and gladness (Job 3:20; Psalms 97:11; 112:4); (8) God's favor, the light of thy countenance" (Psalms 4:6; 44:3; 89:15), and a king's favor (Proverbs 16:15); (1) "fruit of the light" (Ephesians 5:9), i.e. If we claimed that the Light shining forth on Day One of creation week was simply God Himself we would have major problems - because God is a Spirit and He does not directly emit protons or waves! Again:--. ATS Bible Dictionary. This is the prophecy of Simeon concerning the Lord when He' was born. Mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel (Luke 2:30-32). He saw that the light was good. The Bible says that "God is Light" and this is not the same as saying "Light is God." In the Word frequent mention is made of light, and by this in the internal sense is signified the truth which is from good but in the supreme internal sense there is signified the Lord Himself, because He is good and truth itself. The Light Yet to Come. As the predicted Messiah, He was to be "for alight of the Gentiles" (Isaiah 42:6; 49:6). In the threefold essence of His being God is Life (zoe) (John 5:26; 6:57); God is Love (agape) (1John 4:8); God is Light (phos) (1John 1:5). His face as the sun was the Divine good; His raiment as the light was the Divine truth. It is about what it means to be a light of the world and how to be a light to other people. "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3) was the first word of God spoken after His creative Spirit "moved" upon the primary material out of which He created the heavens and the earth, and which lay, until the utterance of that word, in the chaos of darkness and desolation. White is the presence of all the light in the visible spectrum. Throughout the Old Testament light is regularly associated with God and his word, with salvation, with goodness, with truth, with life. 49:6). What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you so that you may have fellowship with us. The Divine Human, which was from eternity (John 17:5), was this light itself. (lampas) in the upper chamber" at Troas, where Paul preached until midnight (Acts 20:8); so Jeremiah 25:10 the Revised Version (British and American), "light of the lamp;" the King James Version, "candle.". Choose from 113 Bible Commentaries freely available online at StudyLight.org for sermon, Bible study, and Sunday school preparation. Light brightens up dark places, exposing evil and danger and eliminating deception and falsehood. (c) The Jew who possessed the law mistakenly supposed he was "a light of them that are in darkness" (Romans 2:19). God is the absolute Sovereign who rules over the darkness and the powers of evil. Orr, James, M.A., D.D. In order to create and nurture deep Christian fellowship you have to talk about who you think Christ is and what he taught. The Meaning of White in the Bible. Jesus declares that he is "the light of the world" ( John 8:12 ; 9:5 ). Spiritual illumination is a kind of “creation” that occurs in a human heart. Believers are "sons of light" ( John 12:36 ; Eph 5:8 ; 1 Thess 5:5 ). Paul concurs as he harks back to the creation account: "For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness, ' make his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" ( 2 Cor 4:6 ). "The Word was God" (John 1:1). - (b) The illumination of the archetypal Light before incarnation. John 1:9, ESV: "The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world." Luke 16:8 ; John 3:19-21 ; 12:36 ; 2 Cor 6:14 ; Col 1:12-14 ; 1 Thess 5:5 ; 1 Peter 2:9 ). It stood for revelation, and thummim for truth. The sun shall be no more thy light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee, denotes that this will be the case with the things not of natural, but of spiritual light, which is signified by Jehovah being an everlasting light. Light came also naturally to typify true religion and the felicity it imparts ( Psalms 119:105 ; Isaiah 8:20 ; Matthew 4:16 , etc. It is a symbol of God, His children, truth, faith, righteousness, etc. The light of day ( Genesis 1:5 ); of sun, moon and stars; "lights in the firmament" ( Genesis... (2) Artificial Light. The color white represents righteousness because of its purity of color and light. Proud member lit ('or, ma'or; phos; many other words): The creation of light was the initial step in the creation of life. Jesus as logos is the eternal expression of God as a word is the expression of a thought. In revealing and giving life, Christ becomes "the light of men" (John 1:4). luck, both in elements and radical sense. Light always involves the removal of darkness in the unfolding of biblical history and theology. There shall be no night there, and they need no lamp, neither light of the sun, for the Lord God giveth them light (Rev. Even here the instruction includes moral as well as mental enlightenment. No object better illustrates whatever is pure, glorious, spiritual, joyful, and beneficent. Light is the first of the Creator's works, manifesting the divine operation in a world that is darkness and chaos without it. [7] That all the light of heaven, consequently wisdom and intelligence, is from the Lord, is thus taught in John:--. 6:25). In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus compares his followers to light, saying we "are the light of the world," unable to be hidden. God is styled "the Father of lights" ( James 1:17 ). 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, So, from the very onset of creation, God defined light as good , and separated it from darkness. 4833 light. Under the same category Paul classifies `the great light' that `suddenly shone round about him from heaven' on the way to Damascus (Acts 22:6; compare Acts 9:3). The brightness that enables sight in the darkness. While light is not itself divine, it is often used metaphorically for life ( Psalm 56:13 ), salvation ( Isa 9:2 ), the commandments ( Prov 6:23 ), and the divine presence of God ( Exod 10:23 ). When natural light fails, man by discovery or invention provides himself with some temporary substitute, however dim and inadequate. 60:1, 3). The Bible begins with God’s first command, "Let there be light" (Gen 1:3) and ends with God Himself revealed as the Eternal Light of Heaven (Rev 22:5). As "light" we are to illuminate or make visible. The phenomena of natural light have their counterpart in the inner life of man. Bible verses about light In the beginning God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. It is now generally believed that light is a fluid, or real matter, existing independent of other substances, with properties peculiar to itself. I Am the Light of the World After the woman who was caught committing adultery (John 7:53-8:11) had left, Jesus spoke to the crowd. J esus said we are the light of the world, and we’re commanded to walk in the light, so what does it mean and how can we do it?. The origin of light thus finds its explanation in the purpose and very nature of God whom John defines as not only the Author of light but, in an all-inclusive sense, as light itself: The word "light" is Divinely rich in its comprehensiveness and meaning. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word; in Him was life, and the life was the light of men. While both the Old Testament and New Testament describe the future of the ungodly in terms of eschatological darkness, symbolizing perdition, they equally describe the future glory for believers in terms of light. Salt and light are images used by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, one of the main teachings of Jesus on morality and discipleship. A Light to the World. Jesus said, I am the light of the world he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12). This love of light finds expression in both Old Testament and New Testament in a very extensive use of the word to express those things which are most to be desired and most helpful to man, and in this connection we find some of the most beautiful figures in the Bible. The ultimate focusing of light (on the 4th day of creation, Genesis 1:14) in suns, stars, and solar systems brought the initial creative process to completion, as the essential condition of all organic life. The revealed will of God provides light to the heart, soul, and mind of humanity, providing guidance in a dark world ( Psalm 19:7-10 ; Psalms 119:105 Psalms 119:130 ). In regard to its lucidity, this light does indeed appear like the light in the world; but still it is not like it, for it is not natural, but spiritual, having in it wisdom; so that it is nothing else than wisdom which so shines before the eyes of the angels; and therefore the wiser the angels are, the brighter is the light in which they are (AC 2776). Thus Christ, the logos, manifesting the three aspects of the Divine Nature, is Life, Love and Light, and these three are inseparable and constitute the glory. Yet a little while is the light with you walk while ye have the light, lest darkness seize upon you; while ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may be sons of light (John 12:35, 36). The Bible states that Jesus was greater than the largest possible oil lamp – He was the Light of the world. which the disciples beheld in Him, "glory as of the only begotten from the Father" (John 1:14). Light. Christ, the eternal Word (logos, John 1:1), who said "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3), is Himself the "effulgence of (God's) glory" (Hebrews 1:3), "the light which lighteth every man, coming into the world" (John 1:9) (compare the statements concerning Wisdom in The Wisdom of Solomon 7:25 f and concerning Christ in Hebrews 1:3; and see CREEDS; LOGOS; JOHANNINE THEOLOGY; WISDOM). It is significant that this pre-Christian prophet was termed luchnos, while the disciples of the new dispensation are called phos (Matthew 5:14): "Ye are the light of the world.". Paul indicates to believers in Asia Minor and Macedonia that their lives are a shining light of witness to the world around them ( Eph 5:8 ; Php 2:15 ). Jesus’ Light is Life-Giving Jesus is God incarnate and God is the giver of life. One of the most wonderful, cheering, and useful of all the works of God; called into being on the first of the six days of creation, by his voice: "Let there be light;" and there was light. 17:2). It is the product of salvation: "Yahweh is my light and my salvation" (Psalms 27:1). Heb. The church of the Christian dispensation was to be even more radiant with the light of God and of Christ. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The ancient Hebrews had "oil for the light" (Exodus 25:6; 35:8; Leviticus 24:2) and lamps (Exodus 35:14; Matthew 5:15). Jesus would show the reality of what is. Take your Bible with me, would you, and turn to Ephesians, chapter 5, and we’d like to look at verses 8 to 14, this morning – Ephesians 5, verses 8 through 14. Psalms 119:130, "The opening of thy words giveth light"; so Proverbs 6:23, "The law is light." The godly person enjoys the light of life in the present age ( 1 Jo 2:10 ). (b) Henceforth Christians and saints were called "children of light" (Luke 16:8; John 12:36; Ephesians 5:8), and were expected to be "seen as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:15). Light, when decomposed, is found to con… Jesus is the incarnate Word of God, who has come as the light that enlightens all people ( John 1:4-14 ), so that those believing in him will no longer be in darkness ( 12:46 ). Hence it may be known what is meant by the expression in the benediction:--, Jehovah make His faces shine upon thee, and be merciful unto thee (Num. “Light represents what is good, true and holy,” the NIV Study Bible explains, “while darkness represents what is evil and false.” Satan’s goal was to defeat Jesus, but Light defeated him. John 1:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 1:9, NIV: "The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world." Scripture often uses light as a symbol of the saving presence of God in a fallen world, with darkness being used as a … L. lux, light and luceo, to shine. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” ( Matthew 5:14-16, NASB ). "There were many lights. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. Moreover there actually is light in heaven, but infinitely brighter than the light on earth (AC 1053, 1117, 1521-1533, 1619-1632); and in this light spirits and angels see one another, and by means of it is displayed all the glory which is in heaven. 42:6). Whether the darkness was due to a Divinely-ordered natural cause or the light was the natural light of day, the process that preserved the interspersed Israelites from the encompassing darkness was supernatural. 21:2, 23). The Gentiles were to come to her light (Isaiah 60:3). A stark contrast will characterize the old life and the new: "For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Miraculous, also, even though through natural agency, was the "pillar of fire" that gave light to the Israelites escaping from Pharaoh (Exodus 13:21; 14:20; Psalms 78:14), "He led them .... all the night with a light of fire." A city set on a hill cannot be … In the New Jerusalem there will be no more night ( Rev 22:5 ), and the city will not need the sun, moon, or created light to shine on it, "for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Moreover the evil spirits in the other life see one another, and also see many representatives which exist in the world of spirits, and this indeed they do from the light of heaven; but their lumen is such as proceeds from a fire of coals, for the light of heaven is changed into such a lumen when it comes to them. 60:1, 3). (a) A few passages, however, refer to the light that comes chiefly to the intellect or mind through Divine instruction, e.g. "The light of Israel will be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame" (Isaiah 10:17). This distinction rarely obtains in the Bible, which deals with man as a spiritual being and looks upon his faculties as interdependent in their action. Something akin, possibly, to the all-pervasive electro-magnetic activity of the aurora borealis penetrated the chaotic night of the world. The light in us is His light, the indwelling Christ, the Holy Spirit within us. [4] That the Lord is light, that is, good itself and truth itself, and that thus from Him is all intelligence and wisdom, consequently all salvation, is evident from many passages in the Word, as in John:--. It encompasses all that is pure, good, and holy, as opposed to the darkness of evil. This blog examines the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:14-16. 1915. And whereas this light could no longer affect the human race, which had removed itself so far from good and truth, thus from light, and had cast itself into darkness, therefore the Lord willed to put on by birth the human itself; for thus He could illumine not only the rational but also the natural things of man; for He made both the rational and the natural in Himself Divine, in order that He might also he a light to those who were in such gross darkness. (1) the eye, "The light of the body is the eye" (Matthew 6:22, the King James Version; Luke 11:34); (2) watchfulhess, "Let your lights (the Revised Version (British and American) "lamps") be burning," the figure being taken from the parable of the Virgins; (3) protection, "armor (Romans 13:12), the garment of a holy and Christ-like life; (4) the sphere of the Christian's daily walk, "inheritance of the saints in light" (Colossians 1:12); (5) heaven, for the inheritance just referred to includes the world above in which "the Lamb is the light thereof". In its highest sense it is applied to Christ as the "Sun of righteousness" ( Malachi 4:2 ; Luke 2:32 ; John 1:7-9 ). Bibliography Information in Greek. A biblical commentary is a written systematic series of explanations and interpretations of Scripture. Isaiah 42:6 - “I am the Lord, I have called You (the Messiah) in righteousness [for a righteous purpose],I will also take You by the hand and keep watch over You,And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people [Israel],As a light to the nations (Gentiles), Although Satan can disguise himself as "an angel of light, " Christians live in the true light of salvation, laying aside the deeds of darkness and putting on the protective "armor of light" ( Rom 13:12 ). Light signifies God's presence and favor ( Psalm 27:1 ; Isa 9:2 ; 2 Cor 4:6 ) in contrast to God's judgment ( Amos 5:18 ). Matthew 5:14-16 ESV / 51 helpful votes. In the Beginning. Borrowed from the natural world, it is, nevertheless, inherently suited to portray spiritual realities. ), and the glorious inheritance of the redeemed ( Colossians 1:12 ; Revelation 21:23-25 ). In response to the darkness that was over the surface of the deep ( Gen 1:2 ), God spoke and light came into being. Jesus came as the light of the world, breaking through the darkness of sin by his work on the cross. That Jehovah," as mentioned here and elsewhere in the Old Testament, is the Lord, may be seen above (AC 1343, 1736, 2156, 2329, 2921, 3023, 3035). No one puts a lamp under a bowl because a lamp is designed to help people see in dark places. Through the Word of God light came into existence ( Gen 1:1-3 ), and through the revelation of God in Jesus Christ the Word brought light to humanity. When natural light fails, man by discovery or invention provides himself with some temporary... (3) Miraculous Light. Without His illumination, we would walk in darkness as the world walks (2 Corinthians 2:14). "Entry for 'LIGHT'". Last week we saw from verses 3 and 4 that John makes the message of Christ (call it theology, or doctrine) the basis of all significant Christian fellowship. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus tells His disciples, "You are the light of the world". Darkness evokes everything that is anti-God: the wicked ( Prov 2:13 ), judgment ( Exod 10:21 ), death ( Psalm 88:12 ). All rights reserved. The one who has come into the light of Jesus Christ is brought into the ethical life characterized by light (cf. If light represents goodness in antithesis to the evil associated with darkness, it is a natural step for the biblical authors to understand God, the ultimate good, as light. They are written by some of the most knowledgeable theologians in … In Ephesians, Christ, who is the Light of the world, is the Head of the church, the latter being His body through which His glory is to be manifested to the world, "to make all men see," etc. John came to bear witness of the light; he was not that light, but came that he might bear witness of the light. Christ's words and actions showed the true nature of the world around Him. [7] That all the light of heaven, consequently wisdom and intelligence, is from the Lord, is thus taught in John:-- The nations will walk by its light" ( Rev 21:23-24 ). The people that sat in darkness saw a great light, and to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, did light spring up (Matthew 4:16; Isa. Hence "to be in the light" means simply "to live" — both life eternal and life temporal. ", "a burning and a shining light" (John 5:35 the King James Version). His birth was the fulfillment of this prophecy (Luke 2:32). goodness, righteousness, truth; (2) "light in the Lord" (Ephesians 5:8), indicating the source of light (compare Isaiah 2:5); (3) "inheritance of the saints in light" (Colossians 1:12), a present experience issuing in heaven; (4) "Father of lights" (James 1:17), signifying the Creator of the heavenly bodies; (5) "marvellous light" (1 Peter 2:9), the light of God's presence and fellowship; (6) "Walk in the light" (1John 1:7), in the light of God's teaching and companionship; (7) "abideth in the light" (1John 2:10), in love, Divine and fraternal; (8) "Light of the glorious gospel of Christ "; "light of the knowledge of the glory of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4,6 the King James Version). Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Light Bible is a quick and free Bible app that delivers new Bible verses from the King James Bible (KJV Bible) each day. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Light and life are almost synonymous to the inhabitants of Palestine, and in the same way darkness and death. All those who have entered into the light now bear responsibility as missionaries of Christ, shining out as "lights in a dark world" with the light of God himself ( Php 2:15 ). Some rabbis thought that “Light” was a title for the coming Messiah (Christ). Time is reckoned from sunset to sunset. All who catch and reflect the light of God and of Christ are called "light," "lights. (Ephesians 3:9,10). The Hebrews had a way of "doubling-up" or "doubling-over" a word, a term, a phrase, so that one would emphasize the other, despite both meaning essentially the same thing. (c) For the most part, however, light and life go together. In the moral realm the enlightenment of these faculties is dependent wholly on the renewal of the spirit. God, by His presence and grace, is to us a "marvellous light" (1 Peter 2:9). The light of day (Genesis 1:5); of sun, moon and stars; "lights in the firmament" (Genesis 1:14-18; Psalms 74:16; 136:7; 148:3; Ecclesiastes 12:2; Revelation 22:5). The glory of His holiness and presence is the "everlasting light" of the redeemed in heaven (Isaiah 60:19,20; Revelation 21:23,14; 22:5). Light is often used as a metaphor in the Bible, and the word illumination (“divine enlightenment of the human heart with truth”) has to do with bringing things into the light. [3] As regards the very origin of light, this has been from eternity from the Lord alone; for Divine good itself and Divine truth, from which light comes, is the Lord. At the future appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ all darkness will be dispelled, and believers will walk in purity, peace, and joy in the light of the living God. "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". The importance of light and darkness is dramatically presented in the opening sentences of the biblical record. Darkness and light are evocative words in Hebrew. The apostle Paul speaks of "the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:4). Her mission as the enlightener of the world was symbolized in the ornamentations of her priesthood. Its characteristics are beauty, radiance, utility. Translators have employed “righteousness” in rendering several biblical words into English: sedaqah, sedeq, in Hebrew; and dikaiosune and euthutes. To walk in the light means to know God, seek His wisdom, understand His truth, and live in the light of His righteousness. E. R. Achtemeier, Int 17 (1963): 439-49; F. G. Carver, Wesleyan Theological Journal23 (1986): 7-32; H. Conzelmann, TDNT, 9:310-58; D. Guthrie, New Testament Theology; H.-C. Hahn et al., NIDNTT, 2:484-96; G. Hawthorne, R. P. Martin, and D. G. Reid, Dictionary of Paul and His Letters; G. E. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament; G. Wenham, Genesis 1-15. 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