exists only because light is absent. When Adam turned away
from God through disobedience, he lost the light of God
and darkness entered his soul. Therefore, except from man's
disobedience to God's Word, darkness has no power to overcome
light. Light is the preeminent power. Not only is this true
in the physical realm, but it is also true in the spiritual
realm. Darkness (death) overshadows the heart of mankind
because God's light is absent due to the fall. But, God
has provided a way to eradicate darkness by receiving His
light once again.
Is His light a biblical metaphor or a real light? It is
both! The real light is revealed in the book of Revelation.
When God returns to the earth after the millennium with
the New Jerusalem city, the earth will be lit by the glory
(light) of God and Jesus is the lamp for the light - Revelation
21:23-24 (NIV) - The city does not need the sun or the moon
to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light,
and the Lamb is its lamp. (24) The nations will
walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring
their splendor into it.
light used metaphorically -
- 1 John 1:5 - This then is the message which we have
heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light,
and in him is no darkness at all.
is the light prophesied by Isaiah - Matthew
4:13-17 (NIV) - Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum,
which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali
- (14) to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah
- (15) "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the
way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles
- (16) the people living in darkness have seen a
great light; on those living in the land of the shadow
of death a light has dawned." (17) From that
time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom
of heaven is near."
confirms He is God's light of life
- John 8:12 (NIV) - When Jesus spoke again to the people,
he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever
follows me will never walk in darkness, but will
have the light of life."
are called to be a light to the world - Matthew
5:14-16 (NIV) - "You are the light of the world.
A city on a hill cannot be hidden. (15) Neither do people
light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it
on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
(16) In the same way, let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father
gospel (Bible) is God's light of truth - 2 Timothy
1:9-10 (NIV) - This grace was given us in Christ Jesus
before the beginning of time, (10) but it has now
been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ
Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and
immortality to light through the gospel.
have been given the glory (brightness) of God through Christ
Jesus - John 17:21-22 (NIV) - That they all
may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that
they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that
thou hast sent me. (22) And the glory which thou gavest
me I have given them; that they may be one, even as
we are one.
Greek Lexicon) #1391 splendor, brightness
1. Properly: Acts 22:11
2. Magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace:
a. That which belongs to God
The kingly majesty which belongs to him as the supreme ruler
Majesty in the sense of the absolute perfection of the deity:
Majesty which belongs to Christ
The kingly majesty of the Messiah, to which belongs his
kingly state, Mark 10:37
The absolutely perfect inward or personal excellence of
Christ: 2 Cor 3:18; 4:4
The majesty (glory) of angels, as apparent in their exterior
brightness, Luke 9:26 4.
A most glorious condition, most exalted state
a. Of that condition with God the Father in heaven to which
Christ was raised after he had achieved his work on earth:
Luke 24:26; John 17:5
b. The glorious condition of blessedness into which it
is appointed and promised that true Christians shall enter
after their Saviour's return from heaven: Rom 8:18, 21.
glory of God is splendor and brightness given to each Christian.
us today, faith in the Bible opens our eyes to God's light.
By faith we become the children of light. God has provided
a way for us to become His adopted children and His glorious
light will reside in us and radiate to the people around
us by our words and deeds - Matthew 5:15-16 (KJV) - Neither
do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on
a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in
the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven. Therefore, we should
not expect to visibly see the light of God that resides
in our bodies, but the light can be seen by others through
our good works.
Do not see the light of God as a methaphor only! If the
glory of God lights the new heaven and earth and replaces
the light of the sun and moon, then His light is a real
light - not a metaphor or symbol of light. Light rays cannot
be seen by the eye, but objects are visible because
they are illuminated by light ray reflections. Light that
passes through the body cannot be seen with the eye, but
the internal parts of the body are visible as instruments
take pictures of those parts when they are illuminated by
the penetrating light rays, such as, x-rays etc.
photo below reveals even the low spectrum of light rays
from a flashlight can penetrate our bodies -
body is not an opaque organism. Rather it is transparent
allowing light rays (from the lowest wave of the light spectrum
to the highest) to penetrate. Likewise, God's glory (light)
penetrates the body and resides there. God is omnipresent
and His light will never cease to reside in obedient Christians.
of the different uses of "light" in the New Testament
Immediately after satan failed to tempt Jesus, Jesus
begin to preach. His first sermon begins with a dissertations
on on the light of God -
4:11-17 (NIV) - Then the devil left him, and angels came
and attended him. (12) When Jesus heard that John had been
put in prison, he returned to Galilee. (13) Leaving Nazareth,
he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in
the area of Zebulun and Naphtali - (14) to fulfill what
was said through the prophet Isaiah:
"Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, along the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles-
(16) the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned."
From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for
the kingdom of heaven is near."
(Thayer's Greek Lexicon) #5457 foos, footos
foos is often used in poetic discourse, in metaphor,
and in parable
The extremely delicate, subtle, pure, brilliant quality
of light has led to the use of foos as an
appellation (name) of God , 1 John 1:5
b. By a figure frequently in the N.T. truth and its
knowledge, together with the spiritual purity congruous
with it John 1:4
c. By a figure borrowed from daylight foos is used of that
which is exposed to the view of all: Matt 10:27
d. Reason, mind; the power of understanding especially
moral and spiritual truth: Matt 6:23
The eye is the lamp of the body -
6:22 (NIV) - "The eye is the lamp of
the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be
full of light.
eye is the lamp of the
body"- (Strong's Concordance / Greek) #3788
ophthalmos (of-thal-mos'); from #3700; the
eye (literally or figuratively).
- #3700 optanomai (op-tan'-om-ahee); a (middle
voice) prolonged form of the primary (middle voice) optomai
(op'-tom-ahee); which is used for it in certain tenses;
As alternate of #3708 horao (hor-ah'-o); to gaze
(i.e. with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable).
alternate of #991 blepo (blep'-o) which denotes simply voluntary
alternate of #1492, eido (i'-do); to see (literally or figuratively);
which expresses merely mechanical, passive or casual
alternate of #2300 theaomai (theh-ah'-om-ahee) and #2334
theoreo (theh-o-reh'-o), signifies an earnest but more
continued inspection; to be a spectator of, i.e. discern,
(literally, figuratively [experience] or intensively [acknowledge]);
to look closely at, perceive (literally or figuratively).
alternate of #4648 a watching from a distance.
can be seen above are the varied uses of the word "eye"
in the bible. Scriptural exegesis of these verses of scripture
is speaking of the eye as it perceives the truth (light)
of the gospel.
in God's Word opens body and soul to receive the light of
God, which resides in the soul of man. His soul is saved
for as long as God's light resides there.
eye is the lamp
of the body" - (Strong's Concordance
/ Greek) #3088 luchnos (lookh'-nos); a portable
lamp or other illuminator (literally or figuratively).
eyes are a lamp that sheds light coming from within the
body. Light that is formed by the truth of God. Truth that
is the foundation of one's perspective of life. Truth that
is made known to others by speech, deeds, love and actions
(the way we respond to the issues of life).
the Old Testament, the word "eye" is a Hebrew
word #5869 `ayin (ah'-yin); an eye (literally or
figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of
one looks at the landscape of life, what he perceives at
the center of life will be his fountain. If he sees himself
at the center of his life, then he will fail to see God
as the fountain of life, from which all eternal things exist
and are nourished. When man investigates his life and his
purpose for life, he will either see himself at the center
of his life (with all things revolving around him) or he
will see God at the center of his life (with all things,
including himself, revolving around God).
eye is his perception of life and truth and is his light,
which is seen by others by the life he lives.
6:23 (NIV)- But if your eyes are bad, your whole body
will be full of darkness. If then the light
within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Concordance - Greek) #4983 soma (so'-mah); from
#4982; the body (as a sound whole), used in a very
wide application, literally or figuratively.
sozo (sode'-zo); from a primary sos (contraction for
obsolete saoz, "safe"); to save, i.e. deliver
or protect (literally or figuratively).
body that is full of darkness, due to ignorance or a lack
of God's knowledge of truth, needs to be saved and delivered
Concordance - Greek) #4652 skoteinos (skot-i-nos');
from #4655; opaque, i.e. (figuratively) benighted:
skotos (skot'-os); from the base of #4639; shadiness,
i.e. obscurity (literally or figuratively):
skia (skee'-ah); apparently a primary word; "shade"
or a shadow (literally or figuratively [darkness
of error or an adumbration]).
Greek word skoteinos denotes one who became dark (benighted)
and lives in spiritual obscurity due to error
of ignorance (adumbration). So, his light (perception
of life based on worldly definition of truth) deceives him
and fills his body with darkness. How great is this darkness?
He will live and die as a mortal if he fails to see and
believe the true light of God.
does this darkness have its roots? Worldy knowledge (tree
of knowledge of good and evil) will not reveal God's truth.
When man relies on worldly knowledge to determine the truth
of his life, he is blinded and lives in obscurity and ignorance
of God. The tree of knowledge of good and evil has some
good information which can be used to journey through this
dimension of time in this world. But, there's no spiritual
truth of life in worldly knowledge. This tree produces the
fruit of death!