Is the Light in You Light or Dark?

Video Talk

Luke 11:33-36 ESV

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

I believe we are to take this passage of Scripture metaphorically and not literally. What I mean is that this is not speaking of literal lamps and the light that they put out. This has to do with our spiritual lives, and the light is the Light of Christ and of his gospel which is truly in our lives or it is not. For if our faith is God-given faith, the light of Christ and of his gospel should be shining through our lives. We shouldn’t be trying to hide it so no one can see. But those whose faith is not genuine don’t have the true light to shine.

Also, the eye is not a physical eye in the human body, but this is speaking of spiritual discernment, wisdom, and judgment. So, if our spiritual judgment and discernment are spiritually healthy, then we should be making godly choices for our lives. We should be daily dying to sin and to self and walking in obedience to our Lord and to his commands, in walks of righteousness, in the power of God, and we should no longer be making sin our practice, our habit. And the light of Christ should then shine through our lives.

But if our spiritual discernment and judgment is not healthy, we are not going to make godly and righteous decisions for ourselves, but we are going to be choosing sin over God, and we are going to be going our own way, following after our own fleshly desires. And we will be ignoring God and his commands (New Covenant) in order to do what our flesh wants to do. So, then our lives are not full of the light of Christ and his righteousness, but they are full of sin and wickedness and unrighteousness.

So, now we are to be careful lest the light in us be darkness. But how can light be darkness? It can be darkness when it is a false light, a false truth, a false gospel. For many are teaching today that we can make a once in a lifetime decision to believe (not usually biblically defined) in Jesus and now all our sins are forgiven and heaven is guaranteed us when we die, but regardless of how we live our lives. But that isn’t true, for how we live our lives on this earth determines where we will spend eternity.

This is why the Scriptures teach us that, as followers of Jesus, we must now walk (in practice, in conduct) according to the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh, for if we walk according to the flesh, we will die in our sins, not have eternal life with God. For if we make sin our practice, and if righteousness and obedience to our Lord are not what we practice, then heaven is not guaranteed us, regardless of what profession of faith we once made in our lives. For then the light in us is darkness and not true light.

[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

I Pray for Them

An Original Work / June 4, 2013
Based off John 17

“Glorify Your Son, that Your Son
May glorify our God in heav’n.
Father, You granted Him all power
And all authority over men,
That He might give eternal life
To all those whom now
You have given Him.”

“This now then is eternal life:
That they may know You,
Father, and Your Son;
That they may know the only true God,
And Jesus Christ whom the Father sent.
I have brought You the glory by
Finishing the work that You’ve given Me.”

“I have shown You to those whom
You gave to Me out of the world;
They were Yours. You gave them to Me
And they have obeyed Your words
And they accepted them. They knew
That I came from You, and they believed
With certainty, I was sent.”

“Holy Father, I pray for them by the
Power of Your name: Protect them,
So that they may be one as we are,
For they are still living in this world.
I have given them Your word;
Because of Your word, the world
Has hated them.”

“I pray they may have the full measure of
My joy now living within them.
Father, I pray You sanctify them
By Your word; truly Your word is truth.
As You sent Me into the world,
I send them to tell the world to repent.”

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