“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone 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
The comparison Paul is making here is pretty remarkable. He’s saying the light that shined in our hearts the moment we received the gospel was as dramatic as the moment God spoke light into the dark world in Genesis 1. Paul wasn’t the only one to make this connection. In John 1:1-5 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
What’s so fascinating about this passage from John 1 is that it functions as the Genesis 1 of the New Testament. Just as God made beauty, order and life possible on earth when He spoke light into existence, He also made beauty, order and life possible in us when He gave us His Son. N.T. Wright wrote, “With Jesus, God’s new world comes into being. The gospel isn’t about a different god, someone other than the world’s original creator, but about the same creator God bringing new life and light to his world, the world where death and darkness have made their home and usurped his role. When you look at Jesus, as Paul had, face to face, you realize that you are looking at God’s own glory. That gives you knowledge, knowledge of the innermost secrets of the universe, and God’s saving plan for it; and in that knowledge there is more than enough light to see the way through the dark world.”
Once we are in Jesus Christ, everything starts to makes sense for the first time. He not only illuminates the sin in our lives that burdens and confuses us, He also illuminates that in Him we may finally experience peace and hope. He is the light that reveals just how much our Creator and Father loves us.
Join us on Sunday as we open 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 where we will learn how sweet and freeing it is to “Live in the Light”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!