…proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
– 1 Peter 2:9 NASB
In the past week or so, we’ve heard about light and darkness from a variety of scriptural voices: David, Isaiah, Micah, Malachi, and Jesus Himself. Today, we hear from Peter. Before we focus on Peter’s statement, however, let me show you three scriptures that speak of light in a different way (emphasis added). The first statement is Jesus speaking to His disciples:
“You are the light of the world…”
– Matthew 5:14 NASB
The next statement is the apostle Paul addressing the believers in Philippi:
…you appear as lights in the world,
– Philippians 2:15 NASB
The last statement is Paul addressing the believers in Ephesus:
…you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord”
– Ephesians 5:8 NASB
What is going on here? We’ve read for a week about Jesus – the Messiah, the Christ, the Lord – being the light. Then today we see these scriptures saying that believers in Him are light. How can both things be true? Jesus Christ is the source of light; believers in Him are recipients of that light.
Christ is like the sun and those who believe in Him are like the moon. The sun emanates light, but the moon only reflects light – specifically, it reflects the sun’s light. For this reason, it was all the more apt for Malachi to call the Messiah “the sun of righteousness.”
Thus Peter writes of His excellencies, not ours (“proclaim the excellencies of Him…”). And thus Peter writes of His light, not ours (“…His marvelous light”). The gospel (good news) is about Him, not us.
Christ is the light. It’s His light into which we are called (“…who has called you out of darkness…”). Thus Paul could put the Lord’s call in poetic terms:
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you.”
– Ephesians 5:14 NASB
We were asleep. We were dead. We were darkness. We couldn’t see our hand in front of our face – spiritually speaking – if it were not for Him who suffered and died on the cross to demonstrate His love for us. And being raised from the dead three days later, He demonstrates His love for us to be undying! He is a sun that will never set.
(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.)
Lord of Light, knowing You has brought me out of darkness. Let me know You better so that I won’t be drawn back into darkness…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.