What we think and believe matters greatly, generally driving what we do, which also matters for good or bad, better or worse. Ideally, we would have a standard to determine whether our intents or actions are, or will be, good and wholesome—right with God. Otherwise, we could justify thinking, believing, or doing anything that seems reasonable to us like we often do today. Well, that standard has existed for thousands of years, and it illuminates a good path and drags the bad out of the dark.
God established His Law thousands of years ago to guide the Israelites in their relationships with Him and each other. We know the basic form as the “10 Commandments:” Five pertain to our relationship with God (e.g., don’t abuse God’s name (authority or character)) and the other five to our inter-personal relationships (don’t steal, for instance). The commandments and the rest of God’s Law contained in Deuteronomy and Leviticus became a light turned on to illuminate God’s standard, His ways. Jesus’ first visit to earth did the same.
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. —John 1:4-5.
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God. —John 3:19-21.
What deeds does the light of Christ reveal? Sexual immoralities and ungodly treatment of God and people (e.g., Leviticus 20:10-21; Romans 1.26-27; 1Corinthians 6:9-10 & 15-20; Galatians 5:19-21). Because Christians, by nature, move by God’s Spirit and carry His light, we must live by His standard and display His ways to others. This is how we evangelize the Kingdom of God, which has come to people who will devote fully to Him.
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” —John 8:12.
You are the light of the world. 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. 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.
Like studying end-times stuff? Well, next week, we’ll poke the bear a bit in my article The Wrath of Con!
Blessings and peace,
Dr. Ron Braley