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Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Light of God

 

I, the Light to the world, have come, that everyone believing in Me

may not abide in darkness

{John 12:46}

 

...the people and the nations to whom I now send you

to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to the Light,

and from the authority of satan to God;

in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and

an inheritance among those being sanctified by faith in Me…

{Acts 26:17–18}

 

...Watch then, that the light in you is not darkness…

{Luke 11:35}

 

 

Lord God Jesus Christ is the Light to the world, the Light {John 1:1–13; 9:5; 12:46; Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Isaiah 42:16} that

transforms darkness into the light and chaos of the dark unfurnished matter into the beautiful world of the living onesΣ1

gives to a mortal man – creature made of the pouring dissipating dust – the authority to become an immortal child of God, who is bornΣ2 not of bloods, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man, but is born of God.

Somewhere, in the darkness of the Past that was before coming of the Light, the prophet said that God would ignite his lamp and lighten his darkness {Psalm 17(18):28}.

Obviously, the Old Testament prophet did not speak of a lamp that is a household thing; he knew that a human being – the clay in the hands of the Master, would be fashioned by God into the lampΣ3 carrying the Light of God: into the people of God {in: Job 33:4–6; Isaiah 45:9–11; 64:8–9; 1 Peter 2:9–10; Ephesians 1; 2}.

Later, when the Lord came, He told His people {Matthew 5:14–16} that they are the light of the world; thus, they are as the lamps set on the lamp–stands to shine for all in the house, so let their light shine before men, so the people would see their good works and glorify God.

When the Lord created eyes of the man who was born blind {John 9}, He said that

 

He is the Light of the world

{John 9:5}

He came into the world for judgment, so the blind ones would see

and those who see may become blind

{John 9:39}

 

During His conversation with Nicodemus the Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews and the teacher of Israel {John 3:1–21}, the Lord explained the meaning of judgment.

The judgment is that the Light came into the world, yet men loved the darkness more than the Light, because their works were evil. For everyone practicing wickedness hates the Light and does not come to the Light, so his works may not be reproved. But the one doing the truth comes to the Light, so His works may be revealed that they have been worked in God {John 3:19–21}.

Then, the Lord warned His listeners {Luke 11:35}, so they would watch that the light within them is not darkness.

When God appeared to Saul the Pharisee {Acts 26:1–18} to transform him into His servant, Paul the Apostle, He said that He sends him to people and nations to open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to the Light, and from the authority of satan to God; in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those being sanctified by faith in Him.

The mentioned above texts from the Holy Scriptures refer to three states defined as darkness:

1. the chaos of unfurnished dark matter, in which there is neither light nor life

2. the human soul before coming of Lord Jesus Christ

3. the soul of the sinner who does the works of evil and who, therefore,

– hides himself from the Light of God

– is not sanctified by faith in Lord Jesus Christ

– has no portion among the holy people of God

– vanishes in darkness.

All references to the material things (lamp in the house, eyes of the one who was born blind, the chaos of the dark unfurnished matter before creation of the world) are given as metaphors, images intended to facilitate understanding of the Absolute GoodΣ4 of God that is the Light and the Life of man, to ignite the insight into the perfection of the spiritual Light and into the terrifying meaning of the spiritual darkness, to focus a human being on his Creator.

Then, if God, in His mercy, opens the “spiritual eyes” of the one’s mindΣ5, the Almighty Power of God

– ignites in the one the spiritual Life

– gives the spiritual – ultimate – powerΣ6 the ability to perceive presence of God

– grants the right discernmentΣ7

– enables the one to become the carrier of the Light of God.

The spiritual Light empowers the one to do the worksΣ8 of God.

The spiritual darkness covers the evil soul that serves the arch–evil, does the works of evil, and lives in slaveryΣ9 to sin; such soul does not know the speech of God, is not empowered to hear the Word of God {John 8:34–44}, and flees the Light {John 3:19–20}.

Hence,

the one, whose works are done in God,

carries within the Light of God

and goes to the Light: to God

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the one doing the works of the evil

is the one who commits sinΣ10;

the sinner carries within the darkness,

and goes into the darkness: separation from God

 

How the one may identify that

what does he carries inside: the Light of God or the darkness of the evil?

what is within him: the Light of life or darkness of death?

what is the meaning of his existence:

the life defined by materialismΣ11, focused on the material values

and arranged within the world, which is controlled by death

and serves the arch–evil that gives to his slaves

riches and authorities and glory of this world

{Luke 4:5–8; John 8:34, 42–44; Wisdom 1:13–16; 2:24}

or

the life of the spirit given by the Holy Spirit,

Who comes because of the Word–God,

Who instructs, guides, illuminates, and gives the spiritual power –

wisdomΣ12,

with which the soul–heart–mind evolvesΣ13

into the firstfruit of new creations made after the Word–God,

and Who leads into the eternity with God

{John 1:1–18; 6:63; 14; 15; 16; 17; Luke 12:49;

James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John 3:1–2; Ephesians 2:10, 19–22;

Zacharias 4:6; Wisdom 2:23; 3:1; 5:15; 7:1–28}?

 

what is his eternal destiny: life with God or death of the eternal separation from God?

The answer is already given in the Gospels:

God correlates

His words – with the life–giving Spirit

the Light – with life

observance of His law–commandments–words –

with receiving the Holy Spirit and everlasting life in His kingdom

sanctification by faithΣ14 in Lord Jesus Christ, by the Truth, –

with the definition of the people of God

knowledge of God conveyed by the words of Lord Jesus Christ, Λογος –

with the everlasting life that is the state of being with God

darkness with the spiritual blindness, evil–doing (sins), slavery, and authority of the arch–evil

{Matthew 7:21–27; 25:31–46; John 6:63; 8:31–47, 51; 12:44–50; 14:15–17, 23–26; 15; 16; 17; Acts 26:17–18}

Thus, in order to begin his own journeyΣ15 into the eternity with God, the one should begin to read–learn–understand the words of God and to compare his own thoughts, words, works, and deeds with the law–commandments–words of God {Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; esp. Matthew 5; 6; 7; 22:36–40; 25:31–46; Mark 4; 12:28–34; Luke 6:20–49; 10:27–42; John 4:23–24; 5; 6; 8; 10; 13; 14: 15; 16; 17}.

Then, as St. James and St. John the Apostles explain {James 2; 1 John 3:16–24; 4; 5}, his deeds would reveal his faith and therefore,

 

his inner essence:

↓ ↓

either the Light of God or darkness of evil

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his final destination:

either everlasting life or eternal death

 

 

 

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Notes:

 

Σ1 See Note 23 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ2 See Note 399 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ3 See Note 24 (with reprints) to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ4 The absolute good is the attribute of God, and this absolute good – love – is the main law, to which the one has to follow, and the main ideal, which the one has to imitate, if he wants to live at the earth and to obtain everlasting life in the Kingdom of God.

See Note 1 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ5 See Note 30 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ6 The main purpose of the mind is to find God and to obtain the ability to perceive Him and therefore, to accept wisdom. The ability to perceive the words of God {in: Isaiah 6:9–10; John 12:35–50} empowers the human heart–mind to become the place for the Word–God: to open the Door through Whom a human child of God enters the Kingdom of God.

The ability to perceive the wisdom that the Holy Spirit bestows on the ones who love God and live by His law – by the Word–God, is the crown of human evolution, the καιρος, when a human being is ready for the meeting with his Creator.

An inability to seek God, an inability to find God in each of His creations, and an inability to perceive the true meaning of everything are the consequences of violations of the Law of God – The Ten Commandments, and evil committed to the others: the degeneration.

The lawless/ungodly one – a sinner who has rejected and violated the law of God – has a particular mental state referred to as the inability to perceive – his mind is turned aside from understanding. In general, the inability to perceive the reality is the first result of idol–worship and hypocrisy, which are the features of the spiritual darkness. For instance, the Pharisees – the offspring of the vipers – are the fools and blind leaders of the blind who lead the blind ones into the pit {Matthew 15:14; 23:13–37}; they are unable to perceive the actuality and identify the threats to their subjects whom they, blind leaders of the blind, lead to destruction.

Remission of sin and healing of the sinful/ungodly mind by God restores an ability to perceive the presence of God. The mercy of God annihilates the evil nested within the heart–mind and releases the mind from the slavery of sin and inferno of unclean conscience, because of which the one is not able to see the Light – to perceive God.

In general, perception is three–level subsystem of the mind (see Chart 1. The MindNote 11):

at the level of Νους (Intellect) – spiritual perception

at the level of Διανοια (Mind/Reason/Intelligence) Γνωμα ––Φρονημα––Λογισμος (Consciousness–Thinking–Reasoning/Faculty of Deliberation) – perception as the ability to perceive the essence of things, for instance, to identify roots, reasons, consequences, and the very presence of possibilities of development or threats to survival

at the level of Αισθητηρια Οργανα (Sensory Faculty – sensory perception/parameters of the matter the matter) – physical things (body), perception as an ability to perceive–feel, identify, measure parameters (e.g., cold, heat, gravity) and other features of the world of the material things

See

The Perception reprint in Note 45 to this file

Perception of Wisdom – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 3

The Second Standpoint: Perception and Understanding of the Law – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 2

The Understandingreprint in Note 17 to this file

Notes (with reprints) 9, 11, 50, 57, 59, 201, 371, 508, 510, and 511

The Mind

 

Σ7 See The Discernment

 

Σ8 See The Works of God, and The Fire for A Child reprint in Note 24 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ9 See

Concept of Slavery – Supplement 3 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Good Shepherd in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1

Danger of Lies – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1

Slavery (2008) – reprint in Note 26 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ10 Sin is a violation of the law of God {1 John 3:4}: the lawlessness, the failure to achieve the purposes, an inability to create the good that is to fulfill the Law/will of God; thus, sin is an inability to accomplish the mission of man.

See Notes 27 and 58 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ11 Materialism is the assertion that the matter is the only reality of human existence: even thought, feelings, and will are the functions of the matter and must be explained as the features of the matter and in the terms of the matter.

See Note 348 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ12 See Notes 9, 20, 39, 82, 469 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ13 The mind evolves by learning–understanding–comprehension–assimilation of knowledge. The knowledge given by God initiates the evolution of the human mind; the evolution is completed with transformation of the creature of flesh into the spiritual being – the child of God born of God Who is the Spirit {John 1:12–13; 3:5–8; 4:23–24}; thus, the evolution is accomplished by the Word–God through Whom everything comes into being and growth to the full potential of the good {John 1:1–13; 2 Peter 1:2–11}.

The omnipotent power of Almighty God, which the mind perceives as the knowledge of God and the ability–wisdom to apply it toward own daily life, empowers the one

 

to enter → to evolve → to take his place and to have the abundant life {John 10:9–10} within the world of God

 

 

See

God the Lord of Knowledge – the Portion of the Living Ones; The Complete Knowledge, and other posts in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 3.

The Good Shepherd – in Text of Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1

The Immortality, The Door into the Future, The Mind and the World, The Kingdom for A Childreprints in Notes 33, 12, and 128 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Ultimate Purpose and The Promise to Come Backreprints in Notes 14 and 15 to Selections_&_Reprints

concerning evolution, see Notes 67 and 18, concerning anti–evolution – Note 69 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ14 According to the Christian teachings, faith is life: the life–bearing knowledge of God and the unity of the acquired knowledge with the manner of life; the just one lives by faith {Habakkuk 2:4; Luke 7:50; 1 Peter 1:9; James 2:14–26}.

St. Paul the Apostle defines faith as the substance of all expectations and the evidence of the unseen {Hebrews 11:1}; those who have faith see the unseen and eternal {2 Corinthians 4:13–18}.

Faith is the optimal state of reason; otherwise Lord God would not seek it in His creations {in: Luke 18:8; John 9:35–39; 11:25–26}. The Holy Scriptures provide the comprehensive definition of faith: all knowledge, all treasures of wisdom, all fullness of life, all power, and all authority are in Lord God Jesus Christ – He is της πιστεως Αρχηγον και Tελειωτην – the Author/Chief of faith and the One Who completes, makes perfect, consummates faith {Matthew 8:5–13; 9:20–22; 14:29–31,36; 17:20; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 11:24–26; Luke 5:20; 8:49–50; 17:6; John 3:16, 36; 14:12; 15:4–7; 1 John 2:20–21, 27; 5:12; 1 Corinthians 13:2, 9–13; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:1, 32–34; 12:2; Romans 14:23}.

Through faith, the mind learns love and knowledge of God – the knowledge that is the eternal life {John 17:3}.

In other words, faith is the state of cognizance/knowing God, love to God, living by God, and unity with God. Faith gives comprehension of the essence of all events that compose life of the soul–heart–mind. It might be also said that faith defines process of human evolution, because faith allows obtaining completeness of knowledge of the Word–God and prepares for the eternity with God {in: John 6:27–29, 44–48; 8:31–32,34–36; 14; 15; 16; 17; 2 Peter 1:1–11}.

The Holy Scriptures provide the simple and detail instructions for all who have faith in God.

See

Concept of Faith – in Supplement 2

The Thomas’ Sunday and The Establishment of Faith – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1.

Faith in The Works of God

 

Σ15 See

The Road to God – in CHRISTIANITY, Supplement 1 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Kingdom of Heaven, The Kingdom for a Child, and reprints in Notes 34 and 128 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Water, The Authority to Survive, The Way Eternal, The Nature of Man and other reprints in Notes 2, 22, and 377 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Victory and the Peace, The Mirror and The Origin and Nature of Manreprints in Notes 172 and 252 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Fire for a Child, and The Lamp and The Fire reprints in Note 24 to Selections_&_Reprints

Note 183 (with reprint of The Fullness) to Selections_&_Reprints

 

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The Light of God is included in Selections_&_Reprints, Part 4.

 

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