(Formerly in Israel, if a man went to inquire of God, he would say, “Come, let us go to the Seer,” because the prophet of today used to be called a Seer. I Samuel 9: 9)
I came to the Seer with a question about the Light. I was reading the words, but I just could not wrap my mind around it. So I asked, “What is the Light?”
“The Light is the life of God,” he said with a smile. “Whenever a person receives His life, then they are receiving the Light.”
“How does this tie in with Christ being the Light of the world?”
“Eternal Life was and is in Christ. The fulness of the very life of God dwelt bodily in Christ, and it is this Eternal Life that is the Light. His Life enlightens natural man. Man sits in darkness, drifting aimlessly, a victim of kneejerk responses that oftentimes land him into trouble. When unregenerate man runs into this Eternal Life, a light shines brightly into his dark soul. His “heart of darkness” is exposed. He sees that someone is leading a righteous life, revealing his life to be unrighteous and sinful. He doesn’t understand at this point how all this happens. This is how the Light shines into darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not (1).
“How does this work?”
“God’s Life in Christ is Light. The very nature of Light is to shine into darkness. But to understand this spiritual Light, we must examine natural light that enters our earthly eyes every morning. Just like the light from the sun searches out and dispels corners and pockets of the darkness of night, even so the Life of God in Christ searches out and reveals the darkness in the hearts of sinful human beings. The positive creative goodness of His Eternal Life can’t help but go where sin, evil, and darkness resides.”
“I understand this, but why does it do this?” I ask.
“It hinges on why God created human beings in the first place. Mankind was created to house the Eternal Life of God. Nothing less. And since what God does, He does forever, He still is seeking out a place to reside. He’s looking for a home. Our bodies are designed to be His temple. And He has not stopped searching for a people to live in.”
“Yes. ‘He seeketh such to worship Him–in spirit and in truth.’ Christ and the woman at the well” (2).
“Exactly. This incident actually shows us what true worship is. He told her that God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him will have His Spirit, His very Life, living in them. God is searching the hearts of men and women everywhere as sunlight searches out darkness.”
“But why doesn’t everyone surrender to the Light when it enters into their thinking?”
“When the human heart is doing evil, it shies away from the Light, which is His Life. The sinful heart is selfish and does not want to surrender to God’s Life, which demands a change. Most prefer to continue to live their old lives. But He wants His temple clean of all the evil because He can’t dwell where evil is. But some persist in their evil ways. The scriptures say, For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be discovered. But he that does truth comes to the light so that his deeds may become known” (3).
“So everyone makes his or her choice.”
“Yes. This one thing all must realize. This Eternal Life which trumps death, which is the key to immortality, the thing that everyone wishes for–this Eternal Life is in Christ. When someone rejects Him and His words, they are not rejecting some nice man who taught good principles in Galilee 2,000 years ago. No. They are rejecting Life and their chance at immortality. He said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. When we believe that God (Yahweh), the supreme Creator, dwelt bodily in Christ, we have LIFE. And His LIFE is man’s Light that shines into the selfish heart and drives the darkness out (4). Those that receive the Light, those who receive this Eternal Life into their hearts, these are the ones that He will give power to, to become the sons and daughters of God, which is believing what His name means. But that’s another day” (5).
And with that, I thanked the Seer for sharing his thoughts on the Light. I went out, wondering if I would ever be able to contain the Light. And then the thought came, I will not put on you more than you are able to bear. And that made me smile. Kenneth Wayne Hancock
(1) John 1: 4-5 (2) John 4: 23-24 (3) John 3: 19-21 (4) I John 5: 10-12 (5) John 1: 12