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Light Dispels Darkness


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In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

—John 1:4–5 ESV

From the beginning, the forces of darkness have tried to extinguish the light. Satan caused Herod try to kill the infant Jesus. He caused Philip the Tetrarch to kill John the Baptist, who “came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him” (John 1:7). Satan tempted Jesus to abandon his path to the cross. Finally, when Jesus was laid in the tomb and it appeared that Satan had won, Jesus rose from the dead, once and for all declaring his dominion over death. The darkness cannot extinguish the light.

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The world cannot overcome the light of Christ, but how often his own people neglect it. Are you seeking to grow in grace through the light that shines in God’s Word? Are you walking in the light? In other words, are you living in conscious fellowship with Jesus, obeying his Word, living in step with his Holy Spirit, and enjoying his blessings of righteousness, peace, and joy (Rom. 14:17)? Walking in the light of Christ is the only way to live in the power of his salvation. You will never get rid of the darkness within you by trying to remove it yourself or by following some manmade program of life improvement. You don’t take a bucket into a basement to bail out the darkness; you turn on the light and the light chases it away. John writes in his first epistle: “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

—Richard D. Phillips, The Incarnation in the Gospels (P&R Publishing, 2008), 158–159.



Posted 2013·12·23 by David Kjos
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