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Reflection on Christ Being Our Light

Posted by: Karen Cheng  |  Filed under English entries - 英文文章

2 Corinthians 4-6

“…the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God… For God, who said,’let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

 

The gospel is the light to a human darkened soul.  The very proclaimation that “arise, shine for your light has come” in the Old Testiment, or “because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” in Luke, the importance of light coming into this world is repeatedly declared throughout the Bible.  Light is found when there is no darkness, no hideness, no sinfulness; and to the degree there is true purity, there is true light.  Thus there is only one possible purest light, in the man Jesus.  He is the gospel.  He is the light.  He declared that He is the light of the world.

Here in 1 Corinthians 4, once again, He being the light is stated.  ”The light of the gospel the glory of Christ” – what a statement.  To make it even plainly, clearly, it follows, ” Who is the image of God.”  We know from Hebrews that Jesus is the very representative of the Father.  He bears the exact image of God.  The light of the gospel is in Christ.  His glory, or His beauty is in refelcting the likeness of the Father, the exact reflection of Father – His love, kindness, wisdom, leadership, purity, beauty, righteousness, full of grace and truth.  There is absolutely no darkness in the Father.  There is only pure brilliance and clarity.  Thus this is what the Son is like.

The same God who said in Gen. 1, “let there be light”, the One created light out of darkness is the same one who creates light out of our darkness, which our soul is the most darkened before we knew Christ.  He “let light shine out of darkness” by making His light (His Son) shine in our hearts and through Holy Spirit, give us the light (understanding) of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

The work of Holy Spirit, which is to contineously reveal the knowledge of the Son of God will thus be leading us into the glorious understanding of who God is, what God is like, how God thinks and why God works certain way.  The spirit of revelation and wisdom will lead us into the incredible light of knowing the glory (beautiful heart) of God.  How?  Through giving us insight in the face of Jesus Christ – in ushering us in beholding this Man, looking inot His eyes, staring at the words proceeds from His mouth, watching Him, we gain understanding of His glory.

 

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