Monday, August 3, 2020
While there is yet light...
The Lamb is its light. Revelation 21:23 NLT
Quietly contemplate the Lamb as the light of heaven. In Scripture, light is the symbol of joy. The joy of the saints in heaven comprises these truths: Jesus chose us, loved us, bought us, cleansed us, robed us, kept us, and glorified us. We will be in heaven entirely through the Lord Jesus. Each one of these thoughts is, to the saints in heaven, like a cluster of the grapes of Eshkol. Light is also the cause of beauty. Nothing is left of beauty when the light is gone. Without light, no radiance flashes from the sapphire; no warm glow proceeds from the pearl. In the same way, all the beauty of the saints above comes from Jesus. Like planets, they reflect the light of the Sun of Righteousness; they live as beams proceeding from the central star. If Jesus withdrew, they would die; if His glory were veiled, their glory would expire. Light is also a symbol of knowledge. In heaven our knowledge will be perfect, but the Lord Jesus himself will be the fountain of it. God’s mysterious ways, never before understood, will then be clearly seen, and all that puzzles us now will become plain to us in the light of the Lamb. Oh, what an unfolding there will be, and what glorifying of the God of love! Light also means manifestation: it shows everything clearly. In this world, “he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears” (1 John 3:2 NLT). God’s people are a hidden people, but when Christ receives them into heaven, He will touch them with the wand of His own love and change them into the image of His obvious glory. They were once poor and wretched, but what a transformation! They were once stained with sin, but with one touch of His finger they will be as bright as the sun and clear as crystal. What a manifestation! All of this comes from the exalted Lamb. Whatever splendor exists, Jesus is the center and soul of it. Oh, to be present and see Him in His own light, the King of kings and Lord of lords!- C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
Jesus is indeed the light. Look at the reactions of people in Scripture as they encountered the Light.
Two responses really. Either in horror at what was exposed, wanting it to go away or in awe and wanting more.
Light comes first to reveal the truth. Light without truth is really impossible.
We see and hear of deceptions in various aspects of our lives, from those nearest to us to those in Government.
As light comes, everything is exposed. Truth is truth. Be it an ugly truth or a beautiful truth. It's still truth.
Our reaction to it says much about where we are in Christ. Do we scatter at its revealing luminescence or do we want more?
I have been reading in Romans again. It's a very rich book to read overall. It's probably one of the book of books to read after the book of John.
It's more than the Who's Who of facts on just what is sin, it's history, it's future and it's cure.
Take the verse that says the wages of sin is death. Turn on the light of truth and that's exactly what is revealed. Sin results in death. But not the physical death. All who live face that. Spiritual death means either Heaven or Hell as your destination.
The light of Scripture shows the reality of the physical world that impacts the Spiritual world. When a light is turned on you cannot stop the truth from being seen.
You cannot take back what has been revealed. Once Christ revealed truth to everyone He met there was no un-seeing it. Revealing meant change. Either it meant changes for the better or it meant people furious at their being exposed.
In Heaven there never will be a shifting shadow. No place for deception or lies to hide. In fact each day that Satan presents himself before the Throne of God even he has to speak the truth.
Be it as a believer or an unbeliever you too will confess the truth before the host of Heaven. Really consider what was just written. If Satan absolutely has to speak the truth before God, you certainly will as well. Scripture says that in time there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed.
So what does this say about today?
Today is your opportunity to acknowledge the light. Today is your opportunity to embrace the light, to not run from it.
Today is your chance to make changes based on what the light of Christ reveals.
We live in a world of decepticons. Hollywood is all about deceptions. Disguised as escapes from reality. Politicians practice deceptions. To get what they want plus get you to go along with it. Satan is the master deceiver. He has had many thousands of years to perfect deceptions. Honestly you could be watching a CGI of a news broadcast and accept it as real and never know. It's happened before. Last year a video was created, complete with Breaking News! Scrolling across the bottom, depicting a plane making an emergency landing on a highway out west in a large city. People believing it. The realism was that great. It never happened.
Our world serves but one...and it's not Christ. Political powers, media powers, those in news and entertainment all work for one...Satan. Those that speak the truth, are harder and harder to find. Many have had to create their own network or even their own internet servers to keep the real truth out there to yet be seen.
Yet in Christ all you will find is the light of truth. Scripture says that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. It's incredibly important to make sure you are following the right light!
Therein is the necessity of being fruit inspectors. We are told in the Bible that we will know people by their fruits. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad produce good.
Do you embrace the light of Christ or do you try to hide from it? That's what you need to settle today. The only one you can count on to show you the truth is Christ. All others are self serving. Truth revealed by any other means will have shades of self interest or self deception.
You cannot know the truth without exposure to it. Being in prayer, being in the Bible are absolutely necessary to reveal truth. It's not found in any legislation or ancient manuscripts. Not found in rigged poles by news outlets.
You must be in Christ to receive the light of Christ. Next comes letting Christ go wherever necessary in your life to effect change in you. Don't fight. Let the Great Physician do what needs to be done.
Do you run from the light or are you an embracer of it? Your reaction speaks volumes of the state of your soul.