Just like the moon gives off light reflected from the
sun, the light we give the world is the one reflected off Jesus, who is the
1:4, 5; 8:12; 12:46). God is
light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
John 1:5-10. What must we
live by in order to be walking in the light (verse 6)? What does walking
in darkness mean (verse 8 & 10)? Is Jesus' forgiveness continual in our life,
or did it just happen once? In order to
be purified continually, what must we be doing? This passage describes the
difference between light and darkness as confession
of sin vs. “covering” sin in your life.
Knowing that one of the properties of light is exposure, our sins are
exposed and healing begins when we have confessed them. Hiding your sin, whether from yourself or
others, allows the sin to continue to darken your life. Any selfish, hidden motive you have is like
an impurity---hindering your effectiveness as a light. Our "light-shining" has to be like
love—pure, constant and nondiscriminatory. In 1 Timothy 1:5 Paul teaches Timothy
that love comes from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith. Remember our discussion on purity? Remember what purity stood for? Would you say that purity has to do with
allowing exposure of your life? Would
you say that being pure means striving to not keep anything secret or hidden
"Light is active, it moves at 186,000 miles per
second! It carries unbelievable
quantities of energy. Light enables us to see.
It cheers and comforts. As we
said Monday, light is pure. It is the
purest source of energy that we know.
It is essential to all life—directly to plant life and indirectly, to
all life. Light does its work
quietly. The sun goes about its daily
task silently but very effectively."— The Seventh
Annual Spiritual Sword Lectureship, The Sermon on the Mount. Light is
consistent. The sun continually
dispenses the same amount of energy all the time. Since we are called to be sons of light, not of darkness (1 Thessalonians
5:5-11), we want to identify with the properties of light presented
here. As the passage in Thessalonians
encourages, you wouldn't want to identify with darkness and what is done in
darkness, would you? You see, when we
come out of darkness, we have been awakened à Read Ephesians 5:8-14. What is something we have to do in order to live in the light (verse 10)? Can the desires of the flesh cause you to become sleepy and
drowsy and fall into darkness? Make
sure you are exposing any darkness that may be in you! Imitate from the heart David's prayer in Psalm 139. Particularly heed verses 23 and 24.
Jesus says our eyes are the lamps of the body (Luke 11:34-36). Our ability to be lights is determined by
our “eyes”. Do you have your Father’s
Eyes? Eyes that see the good in people
that others cannot find? Eyes that see
love, eyes that recognize truth and shun evil?
Do your eyes really "see"?
5:21-25; Ezekiel 12:2. What
do you think God was talking about when he says their eyes cannot see and their ears cannot hear? Does sin darken our spiritual
"eyesight"? Hate, bitterness,
greed and idolatry darken our eyes.
Selfish eyes darken the body. Eyes that are always crying, "me,
me!", "I want, I want!", or "mine, mine!" are not
filled with light. Just like light is a
compound thing, made of different colors, love is the same way, made of
different characteristics (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). When you pass light through a prism, it is broken up into seven
colors, the colors of the rainbow. This
shows the beauty that is in light.
Jesus details the beauty of Christians in the seven beatitudes we
studied. Each beatitude is an example
of "love" at work. These
beatitudes are what make the Christian able to be the Salt of the Earth and the Light
of the World!
Light exposes darkness. What exactly do we illuminate?
4:17-19. How is the
understanding and thinking of those outside of Christ described? What do these people give in to, due to
their ignorance? Are their eyes
darkened or lighted? Read Hosea 4:6. What can you be destroyed by? Ignorance produces unbelief, error and
vice. Colleges, universities and
religious institutions are NOT the Light
of the World. Those who walk in the
fellowship of Jesus ARE the Light of the