|John 8:12 |
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world [every man]. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life."2 [The Light (Christ) is given to every man who comes into the world, John 1:9, so that through the Light, all men might believe, John 1:7; and by abiding in the Light and obeying the Light, receive salvation to become a child of the light, a son of God. To follow Jesus is to obey what He shows and speaks to you by revelation. If you do not keep or obey the words you hear Christ speak to you, those words will be your judge when you die. John 12:47-48. From the Word of the Lord within: "Obedience leads to restoration of life."]
2 I am the light of the world [every man]. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life.
I am the light of the world [every man].
The Greek for this verse shows that what has been universally translated as "the world" kosmos <2889> could just as well have been translated as: the inhabitants of the earth, or men, or the human family. John 1:4 says, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men;" and John 1:9 says, "Which is the true Light that enlightens every man who comes into the world;" which light was given to men so that they might believe. John 1:7. Believe what?—the truth. What truth?— believe the truth of what the light shows them about the evil of their ways and the truth of how God's and Jesus' righteousness is vastly different than their own ways; and then to believe the promises of God, making them the hope of their life's efforts to attain salvation.
He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life.
The promise for following Jesus is to come out of darkness, to walk in the light, to have the light of life; this is to be restored to the life of God, exactly the life that Adam and Eve lost in the garden; as God had told them they would surely die, and die they did to the life of God, as they then lived in the life of Satan. But here is the glorious promise fulfilled, that God would restore man again to the life of God — and here is our opportunity, by belief in the Light, which enlightens all men, by obedience to that light, we can become children of the Light, restored to the light of life, the life of God, restored to the spiritual image of God. We follow Jesus by obeying his commands that we hear him speak to us as we expose ourselves to hearing those commands by waiting on God. When we obey what commands we hear him speak to us, then we are following his orders, we are following Jesus as he leads us to kill our sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial.
Fallen man is in spiritual darkness, sitting in darkness, walking in darkness. He cannot see through the eyes of God, which is to see by the light of God. In darkness, we stumble, we grope, we guess what is good and what is bad. The best we can do is choose the least evil alternative, and each of us sees and chooses differently, based on our conditioned experiences. When we are restored to the light of life by Jesus, we see by His light, we walk by His spirit, we are prompted by His thoughts, His words for us to speak, His deeds for us to perform. In all situations, we see perfectly, the exact virtuous deed to be done, we hear the perfect virtuous word to be said — we are united with God's spirit, and He supplies the direction and energy to do his will. The kingdom of God within us is entered in our consciousness; we are in his presence continually, beholding his glory in the face of Jesus Christ. His promptings are received with obedient joy; His will is done, on earth as it is in heaven. We walk in glorious service to God enjoying holiness while on earth. Jesus Christ is then, and only then, our true Lord, whom we continuously serve, whom we continuously obey, whom we continuously praise, whom we continuously worship; this is to have the light of life. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; so that you may show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Pet 2:9
We must labor to follow Jesus in order to come out of darkness and receive the life of God more abundantly [in a superior form], which He produces in our heart, which life is the light, which light in sufficient measure is the anointing, which is truth and is no lie — the inward truth. Then we have the truth; then we know all things. Then we have come out of darkness to walk in the light with the anointing's (the Christ's) guidance in our words to speak and our works to be performed, which commanded works are done to His glory and our joy, knowing that everything we say and do is perfect and virtuous.