ry Church – Try the light of Life #3
Scripture: Gen1:1-3, John1:1-5,John1:1-5, John8:12;9:5;14:6, Matthw5:14, 2Cor6:14, Ps18:28
Spiritual Growth Challenge: Let God fill you with Himself (His Presence)
Spiritual Growth - The Word, Worship, Prayer, Living Generously
Jesus declared himself the light of the world.He also called the Church the light of the world. What did He mean? One of the struggles as believers/Followers of Christ is growing in our understanding of who we in Christ and the authority we have in Him. Now more than ever we must BE the LIGHT. Jesus said he is the light of the World and so are we. For us to start to embrace our identity, we must turn to the scriptures.
In Genesis1:2 The word translated darkness is the Hebrew word “kho-shek”(H2822) and according to the Strong’s dictionary means the darkness has been associated with evil, sin, and despair.
From H2822; the darkness; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness: - dark (-ness), night, obscurity.
By contrast in theScriptures, light has always been a symbol of holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, grace, hope, and God’s revelation
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness wasa on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. (Gen1:1-3)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning withGod. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John1:1-5)
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life-- 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us-- 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4And these things we write to you that your a joy may be full. 5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (1 John1:1-6)
As we compare the introduction of Genesis to the Gospel of John and the Epistle of John(Gen 1:1-3/John1:1-5/1John1:1-7. The Holy Spirit start to highlight something significant will help focus on the Word and the Life in the Word. Then a comparing the purpose of the Gospel of John with the Epistle of John (John21:31/1John5:13)
30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book;31but these are written that John you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, theSon of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son ofGod.
4 TRUTHS ABOUT LIGHT
1. Light is substance of God (found in the Father and Son)
2. We are called to believe and continue in Light
3. Christ gives us Understanding to exercise His Authority
4. Repentance must be a lifestyle
4 things Light does in the natural
1. It helps us to see things.
2. It helps plants to make food and grow.
3. It helps animal body growth, sleep and perform body physiology
4. It hinders nocturnal animals’ growth and activity
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. 37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.
130 The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. Psalms119:130
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as otherGentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is inJesus: Eph 4:17-21
From G1223 andG3563; deep thought, properly the faculty (mind or its disposition), by implication its exercise: - imagination, mind, understanding.
In him was TheLife and The Life is The Light of men. John1:4, Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Psalm 92:13 “They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of ourGod.”
The role of the Church is to provide a place to be planted, fruitful and flourishing. But if you don't get planted, you will never produce.
Darkness blinds and causes stumbling.
Personal Story of Stumbling in darkness
Personal Story of Light and Roaches
Illustration: A video onUnderstanding and how light gives authority
We must embrace Repentance as a lifestyle to be the light Jesus called us to be
Throughout this message, I'll continually emphasize #PresenceOverProduction.
Even in that New Heaven and Earth Jesus is the Light and there is no need for the Sun as a source of natural light.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and theLamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it. Rev 21:22-24
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. Rev 22:4-5
Help us Father to Humbly receive your Word whole heartedly and be the light you called us to be.