“For God, who 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.”
2 Corinthians 4:6.
After recently celebrating another birthday I stood in front of a lighted mirror. “Umm.” I turned the light off. I didn’t look a day over 35 in the dark.
Jesus’s appearance on earth turned the light on to reveal God to his creation. What had been hidden in the darkness of sinful ages Christ dispelled. In his person, his face, the light of the glory of God appeared, not as it did in the beginning, but in the flesh.
When darkness covered the earth, God spoke light, his glory, into it.
“And God said, let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:3.
The light born in creation shines the first light of the knowledge of God to those He created.
- “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen,
- being understood by the things that are made,
- even his eternal power and Godhead;
- so that they are without excuse:
- Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful:
- but became vain in their imaginations,
- and their foolish heart was darkened.” Romans 1:20,21.
Refusing the first light laid the world in the darkness of sin. God did not forsake his creation but revealed himself repeatedly through the prophets. He appeared to Moses and proclaimed…
“The LORD, the LORD God,
merciful and gracious, longsuffering,
and abundant in goodness and truth,
Keeping mercy for thousands,
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
and that will by no means clear the guilty…”
Isaiah also witnessed the Lord’s glory and declared it to the people.
“I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne,
high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Above it stood the seraphims…
And one cried unto another, and said,
Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts:
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Yet the people refused to receive the revelation given and worship the Lord. Isaiah spoke, also, of the final revelation of God’s glory.
“And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”
Jesus Christ is
“the light of the knowledge of the glory of God”
given in these last days.
“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds:
Who being the brightness of his glory,
and the express image of his person,
and upholding all things by the word of his power,
when he had by himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”
“In him was life;
and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness;
and the darkness comprehended it not…
That was the true Light,
which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
“(and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.”
Philip asked the Lord to show the disciples the Father. Jesus replied,
“Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;
and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”
Many have experienced the light God, hath shined in our hearts. This knowledge of God’s glory we have seen, in the face of Jesus Christ. We hold in our heart a great treasure.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
2 Corinthians 4:7.
”we all, with open face beholding as in a glass
the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image
from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 3:18.
No longer children of darkness, Paul admonishes us.
“For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord:
walk as children of light.”
If these truths of the gospel of Christ remain hidden to you, God’s word says you are lost.
- “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
- In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not
- lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:3,4.
To those who now walk in the light of Christ and to those who still walk in darkness, I leave you with Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1.
- “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
- may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
- The eyes of your understanding being enlightened;
- that ye may know what is the hope of his calling,
- and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
- And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
- Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead…” (17-20).
Turning the light off when I looked in the mirror didn’t change the truth. It only made me blind to it.