ATS Bible Dictionary. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. This distinction rarely obtains in the Bible, which deals with man as a spiritual being and looks upon his faculties as interdependent in their action. The brightness that enables sight in the darkness. General Editor. Jesus Christ is life-giving light, in whom is life ( John 1:4 ), and those who follow him "will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" ( John 8:12 ). Even here the instruction includes moral as well as mental enlightenment. LIGHT, n. lite. In these rare instances the supernatural light was not only symbolic of an inner spiritual light, but instrumental, in part at least, in revealing or preparing the way for it. Matthew 5:14-16 ESV / 51 helpful votes. The Bible states that Jesus was greater than the largest possible oil lamp – He was the Light of the world. He that seeth Me seeth Him that sent me I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth in Me may not abide in the darkness (John 12:46, 46). Choose from 113 Bible Commentaries freely available online at StudyLight.org for sermon, Bible study, and Sunday school preparation. This is the message we ha… Spiritual illumination is a kind of “creation” that occurs in a human heart. One of the most wonderful, cheering, and useful of all the works of God; called into being on the first of the six days of creation, by his voice: "Let there be light;" and there was light. "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". This love of light finds expression in both Old Testament and New Testament in a very extensive use of the word to express those things which are most to be desired and most helpful to man, and in this connection we find some of the most beautiful figures in the Bible. The Light of Salvation and Life for Believers Those responding to the light are ushered into the sphere of life in which darkness is dispelled. THE LIGHT OF TRUTH Beyond the physical element, light in the Bible stands for spiritual illumination and truth. [3] As regards the very origin of light, this has been from eternity from the Lord alone; for Divine good itself and Divine truth, from which light comes, is the Lord. No object better illustrates whatever is pure, glorious, spiritual, joyful, and beneficent. In the moral realm the enlightenment of these faculties is dependent wholly on the renewal of the spirit. The severest plague in Egypt next to the slaying of the firstborn was the plague of darkness which fell upon the Egyptians (Exodus 10:23). No one puts a lamp under a bowl because a lamp is designed to help people see in dark places. God Is Light. The ancient Hebrews had "oil for the light" (Exodus 25:6; 35:8; Leviticus 24:2) and lamps (Exodus 35:14; Matthew 5:15). God is light ( 1 John 1:5 ) and the Father of lights ( James 1:17 ) who dispels darkness. Last week we saw from verses 3 and 4 that John makes the message of Christ (call it theology, or doctrine) the basis of all significant Christian fellowship. I Jehovah have called thee in righteousness, and I will give thee for a Covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles (Isa. In the first creative act, "God saw that the light was good" ( Gen 1:3 ). God gives "the light of the knowledge of (his) glory in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6), and this salvation is called "the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:4). Psalms 119:130, "The opening of thy words giveth light"; so Proverbs 6:23, "The law is light." There shall be no night there, and they need no lamp, neither light of the sun, for the Lord God giveth them light (Rev. In its highest sense it is applied to Christ as the "Sun of righteousness" ( Malachi 4:2 ; Luke 2:32 ; John 1:7-9 ). Jesus called Himself "the light of the world" (John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46); As light He was "God .... manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16 the King James Version). Light always involves the removal of darkness in the unfolding of biblical history and theology. Isaiah 5:20 describes a moral confusion and blindness, which cannot distinguish light from darkness. Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee. The Word was the Divine truth, thus the Lord Himself as to the Divine Human, concerning which it is said that that Word was with God, and God was the Word. Orr, James, M.A., D.D. It "rejoiceth the heart" (Proverbs 15:30); "Truly the light is sweet" (Ecclesiastes 11:7); without it men stumble and are helpless (John 11:9,10); it is something for which they wait with inexpressible longing (Job 30:26; compare Psalms 130:6). Zion was to "shine" because her `light had come' (Isaiah 60:1). Salvation brings light to those in darkness ( Job 22:28 ; Psalm 27:1 ; Isa 9:2 ; Matt 4:15-16 ). All those who have entered into the light now bear responsibility as missionaries of Christ, shining out as "lights in a dark world" with the light of God himself ( Php 2:15 ). 21:2, 23). It is about what it means to be a light of the world and how to be a light to other people. "The Word was God" (John 1:1). of Moreover the evil spirits in the other life see one another, and also see many representatives which exist in the world of spirits, and this indeed they do from the light of heaven; but their lumen is such as proceeds from a fire of coals, for the light of heaven is changed into such a lumen when it comes to them. His face as the sun was the Divine good; His raiment as the light was the Divine truth. Light is the first of the Creator's works, manifesting the divine operation in a world that is darkness and chaos without it. In regard to its lucidity, this light does indeed appear like the light in the world; but still it is not like it, for it is not natural, but spiritual, having in it wisdom; so that it is nothing else than wisdom which so shines before the eyes of the angels; and therefore the wiser the angels are, the brighter is the light in which they are (AC 2776). As the predicted Messiah, He was to be "for alight of the Gentiles" (Isaiah 42:6; 49:6). Something akin, possibly, to the all-pervasive electro-magnetic activity of the aurora borealis penetrated the chaotic night of the world. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus tells His disciples, "You are the light of the world". "Light," figuratively used, has to do preeminently with spiritual life, including also the illumination that floods all the faculties of the soul: intellect, conscience, reason, will. The suddenness of the change from darkness to light with the rising sun and the disappearance of the sun in the evening is more striking than in more northern countries, and it is not strange that in the ancient days there should have arisen a worship of the sun as the giver of light and happiness, and that Job should mention the enticement of sun-worship when he "beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness" (Job 31:26). It follows that believers are a light to the world as well. Believers are "sons of light" ( John 12:36 ; Eph 5:8 ; 1 Thess 5:5 ). (6) prosperity, relief (Esther 8:16; Job 30:26), in contrast with the calamities of the wicked whose "light .... shall be put out" (Job 18:5); (7) joy and gladness (Job 3:20; Psalms 97:11; 112:4); (8) God's favor, the light of thy countenance" (Psalms 4:6; 44:3; 89:15), and a king's favor (Proverbs 16:15); (1) "fruit of the light" (Ephesians 5:9), i.e. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. [7] That all the light of heaven, consequently wisdom and intelligence, is from the Lord, is thus taught in John:-- (Ephesians 3:9,10). This blog examines the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:14-16. Darkness is the opposite of … For usage information, please read the Baker Book House Copyright Statement. It is the task of all believers to pass on the divine light they have received. In Ephesians, Christ, who is the Light of the world, is the Head of the church, the latter being His body through which His glory is to be manifested to the world, "to make all men see," etc. The Bible says that "God is Light" and this is not the same as saying "Light is God." This is the judgment, that light is come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the light (John 3:19), where light denotes the Divine truth. Paul concurs as he harks back to the creation account: "For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness, ' make his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" ( 2 Cor 4:6 ). A biblical commentary is a written systematic series of explanations and interpretations of Scripture. "All the more joyous emotions of the mind, all the pleasing sensations of the frame, all the happy hours of domestic intercourse were habitually described among the Hebrews under imagery derived from light" ( 1 Kings 11:36 ; Isaiah 58:8 ; Esther 8:16 ; Psalms 97:11 ). Light is the revelation of God's love in Jesus Christ and the penetration of that love into lives darkened by sin ( 1 John 1:5-7 ). As "light" we are to illuminate or make visible. Every phase of the word, from the original light in the natural world to the spiritual glory of the celestial, is found in Holy Writ. Hence it may be known what is meant by the expression in the benediction:--, Jehovah make His faces shine upon thee, and be merciful unto thee (Num. In revealing and giving life, Christ becomes "the light of men" (John 1:4). “Light represents what is good, true and holy,” the NIV Study Bible explains, “while darkness represents what is evil and false.” Satan’s goal was to defeat Jesus, but Light defeated him. God’s Word is “a lamp for my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105). It is the product of salvation: "Yahweh is my light and my salvation" (Psalms 27:1). Through the Word of God light came into existence ( Gen 1:1-3 ), and through the revelation of God in Jesus Christ the Word brought light to humanity. The Gentiles shall walk to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising (Isa. That ethereal agent or matter which makes objects perceptible to the sense of seeing, but the particles of which are separately invisible. Bible verses about light In the beginning God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Jesus’ Light is Life-Giving Jesus is God incarnate and God is the giver of life. Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee. Whether the darkness was due to a Divinely-ordered natural cause or the light was the natural light of day, the process that preserved the interspersed Israelites from the encompassing darkness was supernatural. Light possesses powers essential to true life. Light Bible is a quick and free Bible app that delivers new Bible verses from the King James Bible (KJV Bible) each day. God’s first spoken words in the Bible brought forth both light and life. The light in us is His light, the indwelling Christ, the Holy Spirit within us. Moreover this light illumines the understanding of man, especially that of a regenerate man; but it is not perceived by man so long as he is in the life of the body, because of the light of the world, which then is regnant. "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3) was the first word of God spoken after His creative Spirit "moved" upon the primary material out of which He created the heavens and the earth, and which lay, until the utterance of that word, in the chaos of darkness and desolation. Its material splendor is used throughout the Scriptures as the symbol and synonym of all that is luminous and radiant in the mental, moral and spiritual life of men and angels; while the eternal God, because of His holiness and moral perfection, is pictured as "dwelling in light unapproachable" (1 Timothy 6:16). Miraculous, also, even though through natural agency, was the "pillar of fire" that gave light to the Israelites escaping from Pharaoh (Exodus 13:21; 14:20; Psalms 78:14), "He led them .... all the night with a light of fire." White is the presence of all the light in the visible spectrum. That was the true light which enlighteneth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:1, 4, 7-9). Borrowed from the natural world, it is, nevertheless, inherently suited to portray spiritual realities. The revealed will of God provides light to the heart, soul, and mind of humanity, providing guidance in a dark world ( Psalm 19:7-10 ; Psalms 119:105 Psalms 119:130 ). Theirs is the land of sunshine. Darkness evokes everything that is anti-God: the wicked ( Prov 2:13 ), judgment ( Exod 10:21 ), death ( Psalm 88:12 ). Light signifies God's presence and favor ( Psalm 27:1 ; Isa 9:2 ; 2 Cor 4:6 ) in contrast to God's judgment ( Amos 5:18 ). Time is reckoned from sunset to sunset. The importance of light and darkness is dramatically presented in the opening sentences of the biblical record. The literal contrast between metaphysical good and evil, God and evil forces, believers and unbelievers. Translators have employed “righteousness” in rendering several biblical words into English: sedaqah, sedeq, in Hebrew; and dikaiosune and euthutes. At the future appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ all darkness will be dispelled, and believers will walk in purity, peace, and joy in the light of the living God. God is said to dwell in light inaccessible ( 1 Timothy 6:16 ). Education that enlightens the mind may leave the moral man untouched. When natural light fails, man by discovery or invention provides himself with some temporary substitute, however dim and inadequate. Jesus said, I am the light of the world he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12). which the disciples beheld in Him, "glory as of the only begotten from the Father" (John 1:14). Light is often used as a metaphor in the Bible, and the word illumination (“divine enlightenment of the human heart with truth”) has to do with bringing things into the light. Jesus describes his disciples as light and light-bearers ( Matt 5:14-16 ). Proud member Take your Bible with me, would you, and turn to Ephesians, chapter 5, and we’d like to look at verses 8 to 14, this morning – Ephesians 5, verses 8 through 14. Some rabbis thought that “Light” was a title for the coming Messiah (Christ). The apostle Paul speaks of "the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:4). The Gentiles were to come to her light (Isaiah 60:3). In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus compares his followers to light, saying we "are the light of the world," unable to be hidden. It encompasses all that is pure, good, and holy, as opposed to the darkness of evil. The Bible isn’t really a book about the creation of the heavens as much as it’s a book about how to get to heaven, but Genesis 1:1 isn’t the actual beginning. The light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame (Isa. His birth was the fulfillment of this prophecy (Luke 2:32). We have a perfect and complete union of the ideas of Creation, God’s Word, Light, and Life. Isaiah 42:6 - “I am the Lord, I have called You (the Messiah) in righteousness [for a righteous purpose],I will also take You by the hand and keep watch over You,And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people [Israel],As a light to the nations (Gentiles), What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you so that you may have fellowship with us. Bible Dictionaries - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Light, Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Bible Dictionaries - Easton's Bible Dictionary - Light, Encyclopedias - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Light, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The Bible begins with God’s first command, "Let there be light" (Gen 1:3) and ends with God Himself revealed as the Eternal Light of Heaven (Rev 22:5). Christ's words and actions showed the true nature of the world around Him. 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