|John 1:7-9 |
7 This man came as a witness, to bear witness to the Light, so that all men might believe through it [the Light, Christ].4 [John came to bear witness to the Light, (the Light of the Word), so that all men might believe what the light reveals to be true, obey the light, and thereby be saved — this is to believe in Jesus. From the Word of the Lord within: "Heed the light, which is to assent to truth." Jesus tells us: "believe in the light, that you may become the children of light," John 12:36. This Light had been prophesied to be God's new covenant with salvation to the ends of the earth, to both Jews and Gentiles. Isa 42:6,49:6. The light of life, which God has hidden in the heart, is the new covenant; he that would come into the new covenant, must believe the light and obey the light, Christ.]
8 He was not the Light, but was sent to bear witness of the Light. [John was not the Light, but he testified to the Light, Christ.]
9 Which was the true Light that enlightens every man who comes into the world.5 [All men have a small measure of the light (Christ) given to them so that they might believe the light's anonymous convictions of their evil ways to be true and eventually be saved; for God would have all men to be saved, and so He gives all men equal opportunity to be saved with sufficient light to guide them. If we persistently heed the light and word in our hearts that reproves us, then we receive more of His spirit, eventually being freed from all sin and seeing Jesus bring us our salvation and eternal life. With a hunger for righteousness we seek God by exposing ourselves to his further commands and teachings by waiting on him in humble silence as we listen and watch.]
5 Christ is the light that enlightens every man who comes into the world, given to every man so that he might believe the truth. Christ is the word of God; the light is the light of the word, also Christ. This light is what convicts us when we lie or steal. This light is what gently and anonymously reasons with us in our lifetime to depart from our evil, selfish ways. And if we listen to the light, and obey the light's convictions, we love the light; we love Christ, and the light or life of God will increase in us. But if we love our lifestyle and hate the charges of the light against our selfish actions, we hate the light; we hate Christ. Christ, the light has come into the world [every man], but men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil [sins[ hates the light [so hates Christ], and does not come to the light for fear his deeds will be exposed and reproved. But he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [effected, formed, prompted, energized] through God. John 3:19-21. Christ in the flesh told us to believe in the Light, the Christ within you: While you have light, believe in [depend on, trust and obey] the light, that you may be the children of light. John 12:36. (God is light; to become children of the light, is to become a son of God.)
God is light, 1 John 1:5. From the Word of the Lord within:
Faith in the voice is evidenced by your obedience to what you hear the Lord speak to you as you wait on Him and listen in humble silence; to follow is to obey what you hear — that is operational faith that is alive, not dead.
In the beginning of the journey to find God, all men sit in darkness and walk in darkness; the light periodically shines in that darkness to reveal the secret sins in our heart. When you have shown obedience to this light, you will receive a further measure of light, (the Holy Spirit): the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him, Acts 5:32. If we ignore and forget the light's gentle, anonymous pleading with us to turn from evil, at death we will remember the words we heard; and to our shame we will be judged by those words. John 12:47-48. God is fair, God is just, God is pure; and he pleads with every man, wishing that all would be saved. Also the grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men Tit 2:11; grace appears to all, but each man must choose to respond to the grace to receive salvation. Further, the Spirit of God was poured out on all mankind at Pentecost, Acts 2:14-18, and a measure of Spirit is given to every man, 1 Cor 12:7; so there are no men excluded from the pleadings of the Spirit. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev 3:20. To hear him, in prayer we must stop telling him all the things we want him to do for us, and listen for him to tell us what he wants us to do. God is not there to serve our wishes and wants; but if we seek to hear his convictions, we can become his servant to serve His desires and commands; doing his will on earth as it is done in heaven. We must wait on him, in humble silence, watching, and listening, so that we can hear him and see what he wants to show us about the secrets in our heart; which if we do not deny, he then cleanses our hearts of that revealed sin. By his grace, he shows us our sins and then removes them from our heart, until with persistence to the end, he redeems us from all sin and purifies us to become for himself a people who are his very own, zealous for good works. Tit 2:11-14.
There are some who say that Christ cannot be in a man because He is in the heavens sitting at the right hand of the Father. George Whitehead's writing addresses this concern:
That is the Word or Son of God, was life; and the same life was the light of men; and that He was the true Light which enlightens every man coming into the world. And therefore that men are to "believe in the Light, that they may become children of the Light." Hereby we believe in Christ the Son of God, as He is the light and life within us; and in which we need to have sincere respect and honor, and belief in Christ, as in his own unapproachable and incomprehensible glory and fullness, as He is the Fountain of life and light, and giver unto us; Christ, as in himself and as in us, being not divided. That as man, Christ died for our sins, rose again, and was received up into glory in the heavens; he having, in his dying for all, been that one great universal offering and sacrifice for peace, atonement, and reconciliation between God and man. And He is the propitiation, not for our sins only, but for the sins of the whole world. We were reconciled by his death, but saved by his life, [which life is the light of men, given to all men so that they might believe — believe what the light reveals in them.]
That Jesus Christ who sits at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, is yet our King, High Priest, and Prophet; in his church a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man. He is Intercessor and Advocate with the Father in heaven, and there appearing in the presence of God for us; being touched with the feeling of our infirmities, sufferings, and sorrows; and also by his Spirit in our hearts he makes intercession according to the will of God, crying, Abba, Father.
For any whom God has gifted and called sincerely to preach faith in the same Christ, both as within and without us, cannot be to preach two Christs, but one and the same Lord Jesus Christ; having respect to those degrees of our spiritual knowledge of Christ Jesus in us, and to his own unspeakable fullness and glory, as in himself; in his own entire being; in which Christ himself, and the least measure of his light or life, as in us, or in mankind, are not divided or separable, any more than the sun is from its light. And as He ascended far above all heavens, that he might fill all things, his fullness cannot be comprehended or contained in any finite creature, but is in measure known and experienced in us, as we are capable to receive the same; as of his fullness we have received grace for grace. Christ our Mediator received the Spirit, not by measure, but in fullness; but to everyone of us is given grace, according to the measure of his gift.
The unperfected, blind guides of Christendom know nothing about the light. Neither can they accept this scripture, which shows that Christ, the light, is in every man who comes into the world, John 1:9; given to every man so that he might believe, John 1:7; nor can they accept the following three other scriptures that show the same:
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to benefit all. 1 Cor 12:7
And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all men. Acts 2:14-18
The grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men. Tit 2:11
(Grace has appeared to all men, but each man must choose to respond to the grace to receive salvation.)
They insist on disbelief of the above scriptures applying to every man. Why? Because if Christ is in every man, then there is no difference between sinners in their sect and sinners outside their sect; they lose their imagined distinction of Christ only being in their believers; which is a necessary imagined distinction to deny the true gospel of being freed from sin and made pure by the grace of God. If every man in the world has the light, and if every man in the world has been given the spirit, then what do the sects have to offer? Nothing except lies! They are only a form of godliness without the power to change a man to become godly, pure, holy, clean, and perfect, while on earth. The sects do not understand how God purifies men, and think purity on the earth is impossible: Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. Dan 12:10. Christendom's lie that one must invite Jesus into their heart, and doing so results in salvation, shows their ignorance of even the basic understanding of God. Heed their blindness and total ignorance; consider that the rest of their teachings are also wrong, because they are. They offer death, no salvation, no heaven, no eternal life in God! From the Word of the Lord within: "the Christian medium itself is conformable to death." But if we believe in the light, (what the light shows us to be true), we can become children of the light. John 12:36
Trying to save face, the ministers of Christendom deny the light being Christ in every man; some calling it a natural light, others denying it is in every man and claiming the light is a metaphor for an external light of knowledge to all, not the Spirit of Jesus in every man:
From the Word of the Lord within: "To charge the light or slam the light is forbidden; to deny the light is sufficient."
If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light of the morning in them. Isa 8:20
I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright morning star. Rev 22:16
You might be thinking: "I don't know anything about this light, but I know God; I read the Bible every day."
But the Bible says God is only known by revelation:
From the Word of the Lord within: "Do you know him or just pretend to know him; to know him is to have met him and listened to him."
God and Jesus are only known by revelation in your heart: Christ, the word within, who is the grace of God, and who explains the ways of God;
and finally by Christ, the light of the word, who shows you the glory of God in the face of Jesus.
Even faith must be authored by Christ, and this must occur by revelation from Christ: But after that when faith has come, 3:25, as faith should afterwards be revealed. Gal 3:23
Do not confuse the light of Christ with the light claimed by Eastern religion's gurus, some who can pass on their light to you just by being in their presence. Their light requires no obedience, never convicts, never cleanses, never purifies, never unites with God, never teaches about Christ, never teaches about righteousness, never judges you, and never brings salvation with the eternal life of God. Their light is a pleasure trip of Satanic origin. See the Footnote to 2 Peter 1:19 for detail of the Satanic, counterfeit light.
There are two detailed writings on the light available on this site for your further understanding: 1) the primer is The Mystery of the Light, and 2) the advanced writing is by George Fox, The Light Explained.