For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
– 2 Corinthians 4:6 NASB
This verse from Paul helps us understand better the contrast we’ve been seeing between light and darkness in the various scripture verses covered in the last week.
Notice first and foremost that the Light of the glory of God is found in Christ (i.e., Messiah). From the Bible’s point of view, if we’re going to understand God, we need to understand Christ. This is because God reveals Himself in Christ.
- Christ is the name God has made for Himself in the earth.
- Christ is the greatest and fullest revelation of God that we have.
- This is why our daily devotions are devotions to Christ.
If you can grasp Christ, you have grasped God. If you reject Christ, you cannot find God. (If this sounds like Christ is the only way to God, it is because God intended it to sound this way.)
Next notice that the “Light” is “knowledge” (“the Light of the knowledge“). That doesn’t just mean intellectual knowledge. It means awareness, knowing, consciousness of, intimacy with.
Notice also that this is all a matter of the heart (“has shone in our hearts“).
Therefore, it is the awareness (consciousness) of Christ in our hearts that is bringing us life with God. This “light” is an enlightenment of the soul. Christ brings us out of “the dark night of the soul” into His glorious light. We walk in the light as we continue in this awareness. However, if we return to sin, we return to darkness.
To sin means “to miss the mark.” Thus James tells us:
…to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
– James 4:17
There again is the concept of knowledge (“knows the right thing to do”). Sin is what you know deep down is wrong.
Therefore, out of the darkness of our hearts, the light (knowledge) of Christ shines to lead us out of sin – that is, lead us to doing the right thing. If we keep following that light, it will eventually drive all the darkness out of our hearts.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Heavenly Father, thank You for the light of Christ that shines in my heart. Draw me closer to the fullness of Your light this day…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.