We know from John 1:9 that Jesus is “the true light which gives light to everyone.” Without that light, people will remain in darkness, and those who do not come to the light “love darkness rather than light because their works [are] evil” (3:19). Those who want to do “what is true, come to the light so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (3:21).
It is the light of God in the gospel that “has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13). Paul also reminds us that “at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8). We constantly need to be reminded of this transformation.
Where the truth and light of the gospel is not being held up in its purity, weakness and spiritual immaturity exists. Paul’s conclusion to Ephesians 5:8 is, “Walk as children of light.” In other words, now that the gospel light has “transferred” from darkness to light, there should be an evidence of that change in our outward walk in this world. Spiritual maturity comes from constant exposure to divine light.
I believe that one feature of hell that will be so unbearable is the absence of light. How important it is that we as light-bearers make sure it is shining clearly and brightly so we attract others. Jesus makes it very clear in Matthew 5:14-16 that we who have the light of the gospel are not to hide it, but “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Th gospel light really makes a difference for yourself and others. LET IT SHINE!
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