|Luke 11:33 |
33 No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a bushel, but on a lamp stand, so that those who come in may see the light.4 [There is no such thing as a secret, true Christian, who has entered the Kingdom of Heaven, in union with God, to become a light. God does not hide his lights of the earth. A child of the light, walking in the light of God, hears all words to say and sees all deeds to done while being powered by God's Spirit — thus his words and works show the love of God to the world and bring honor, glory, and joy to God. When a person becomes a son of light, walking in the light, his light will shine brightly in the darkness of this world. From the word of the Lord within: " I have come as a light to the world so that whoever believes in me shall not abide in darkness. I am the light of the world; he who follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life. Walking in the light is to be guided through life by God; walking in darkness is making your own decisions as to what to do and say. All sin is darkness. The whole world lies in wickedness; the wickedness knows no shame. Darkness mocks the earth; darkness covers the earth.]
4 No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a bushel, but on a lamp stand, so that those who come in may see the light. There is no such thing as a secret, true Christian, who has entered the Kingdom of Heaven, in union with God, to become a light. God does not hide his lights of the earth. In 17th Century England, when tens of thousands early Quakers entered the kingdom, the Lord said to George Fox: "If only one man or woman were raised by his power, to stand and live in the same spirit that the prophets and apostles were in who gave forth the scriptures, that man or woman should shake all the country in their profession for ten miles round." For people had the scriptures, but were not in the same light, power, and spirit, in which were those who gave forth the scriptures: so they neither knew God, Christ, nor the scriptures aright; nor had they unity one with another, being out of the power and spirit of God. And the Lord certainly did not hide George Fox under a bushel; he was the most famous man in England for his time. Even Oliver Cromwell, the revolutionary "Lord Protector," who deposed King Charles I, was awed by George Fox.