“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, *LET* THERE BE LIGHT: and there was light” (Gen. 1:1-3).
The Spirit of God is the power of the Word of God, and Jesus is God by inheritance–having all the power of God. “He spake, and it was; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:9). And it is “impossible for God to lie” (Heb. 6:18). So, everything He speaks must come to pass. And did you know that He speaks “*LET* THERE BE LIGHT”, spiritually, for each and every one of us–with ‘light’ representing righteousness, being created in the midst of the darkness of sin? (For we are all “without form, and void” of righteousness; “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”, Rom. 3:23.)
As you read the following Scripture, I want you to ponder these questions:
(1) Can God speak light for every one of us and still not lie, even for those who have never lived a righteous life unto their death?
(2) What does the word ‘LET’ entail?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not … That was the true Light, ***which lighteth every man that cometh into the world***. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:1-14).
What an amazing passage of Scripture! God is shining new light upon our pathway, and it is glorious! 🙂 The Word speaks life, even the perfect righteous life contained in the Word, and this is the light here described. Light is personified, just as Spirit is personified, and Wisdom. It is all referring to the same thing–the perfect righteous life of Messiah, yea all of His righteous attributes producing that which is spoken. Creation is a metaphor for redemption, and they are really the same thing because they are of the same power and have the same purpose, for redemption is the re-creation of what God intends earth and heaven to be.
“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” God does not lie. Every man that has ever lived has lived a perfect life without sin. I’m not speaking presumptuously. The Word declares it and it is so. But how can this be when we just read that all have sinned and come short of the glory (light) of God? It is because Jesus lived our life, yes the life of every one of us. It is His purpose that all become sons of God through adoption. Yes, it says that this is the will of God, for all to be sons. He has spoken it and it is so. Messiah lived our life from Bethlehem and died our second death at Calvary. He is we. We cannot change this. God declared it and it is so. We cannot change that we have all lived a perfectly sinless life in Messiah! It was God’s purpose, His will, and it has already come to pass!
We have partially answered the first question. We have answered to the legal justification–that all of us legally lived in Messiah a perfect life. But then there is the subjective experience–the life which we now live. God “lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Also, “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Rom. 12:3). What faith is this? It must be the faith of Jesus, the only faith that counts. It is the faith that Jesus developed in our sinful flesh, never once sinning because He depended on the Father as we are to depend on the Son.
It is verily written in the Third Angel’s Message: “Here is the patience of the holy ones: here are they that KEEP the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Rev. 14:12). The difference between the holy ones and those that are not is that the holy ones KEEP the faith of Jesus. It is dealt to everyone. All will be saved into the kingdom… IF they do not resist the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The problem is that most people do not KEEP the faith that the Spirit instills in them. They let go. Why? Because they do not believe on His Name.
“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” The blessed Name, Yahushua (Jesus), is the promise of the everlasting covenant–that He will save us from our sins; YAHUAH (Jehovah) saves! Yes YAHUAH subjectively saves everyone who believes. What are they to believe? On His Name! But how? How do we believe? It is by becoming a child–a son of God. Jesus became a child in Bethlehem. And He believed in His Father’s Name. He for awhile relinquished His omnipotent power of the Word while on this earth, and so the Father exhibited this power on behalf of His Son, so that He (Messiah) could be in our place. His faith is our faith. It rightfully, legally is ours, as a gift, because He lived our life in a sinful flesh, yet without sin. When we simply, as a child, believe that He lived this for us and that He gives it to us as a gift and that as He speaks it into us through His Word it will be (just like at creation), then that is believing in His Name.
*LET* THERE BE LIGHT: and there was light.” He speaks and it is so. Yahushua LET there be light in His perfect life on this earth, and His life is legally our life. Now we, as sons of God, must LET. Then it will be our subjective experience. The childlike *letting* is believing what God says is true and that He does not lie (just as a child implicitly trusts its father)–that He speaks, and it is. But we do not LET there be light when we are focused on our own darkness and question… “How can this be so?” “How can He save a wretch like me?” “Look at all my past failures; there is no way God can make a saint out of this sinner.”
We must stop being evolutionists! An evolutionist reasons that it is impossible for things to instantly appear out of nothingness. Yet they are inconsistent. They believe in a big bang; and no universe existed before that. But, no, they don’t want to think about that much. But it is the same with Christians. They say that they believe in a God that created light out of darkness in Creation, but they do not believe that He can create light out of darkness in their own lives. It is inconsistent. But they don’t want to think about it because they hate the thought of having no sin, because they are fascinated with the darkness of sin. And so it is written, “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.”
We became His own in a special sense when He became us. And now He identifies as one of us, when before He was one of God. His infinite sacrifice was to make us His own through becoming our flesh–all for the purpose of living our righteous life and dying our second death for our sins. And He did this perfectly. And I find the placement of Him making this incarnation sacrifice very interesting…
“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” First John declares that the Word, which is Light, is the power to make us sons of God. And then immediately he breaks in and shows that the Word became flesh–the Son of Man. Thus it shows that the power of salvation comes from Him living in our flesh, so that He is we, living our life and our death. This is the Source of all power. “And His brightness was as *the light*; He had bright beams coming out of His side: ***and there was the hiding of His power***” (Habakkuk 3:4).
Coming out of His side of flesh is light–glorious light! It is the perfect life of Jesus, and His life is our life, and when we believe–yea, when we LET–verily it becomes reality in us. Our life becomes His life–just as His life became our life when He was made our flesh. If we will only LET Him be our life and light, we will be saved. The inanimate creation LET Him operate on it, and it was. But we think we know more. Friends, we think too much of ourselves! We need to become the dust of the earth! When we behold Yahushua in the glory of His salvation–yea, bright beams shining from His hands and side–we lay our own glory in the dust.
And this is exactly what He did when He came to this earth. Our Saviour said, “I can of Mine own self do nothing” (Jn. 5:30). He laid aside His former glory and became you and me. Jesus LET God be God and Himself be we. He became a child and a humble dependent recipient of life from the Father. And that is the faith He deals to every man, His own faith. We just need to keep it. We just need to LET.
*LET* THERE BE LIGHT: and there was light.” God does not lie. Messiah let there be light from the Father in Himself. He let there be light in each and every one of us when He became we. So it is ours as a Gift. God does not lie. We have all legally lived a perfect life. But in order to live beyond this probationary life, we must receive eternal life, and this life is in the blood of our Messiah. In heaven He sheds it for you and me when we believe. He dispenses of His perfect life to bestow on us all of the Covenant blessings that He purchased at Calvary for all mankind. Let us LET. Let God be God. When He speaks life into us, it is so. But He will force eternal life on no one. He respects our personal freedom, for that is only love. Love cannot force, but it draws every human heart. The measure of the faith of Jesus is given to all that they may keep it and live. The keeping of this faith is simply the letting of it be what it is–eternal life. It is ours subjectively as long as we will keep it. It is the faith of Jesus which produces the righteousness of the Commandments of God. As long as we keep the faith of Jesus, we will keep the Commandments of God. And this is the Third Angel’s Message in verity.
Will you LET there be life in your soul? Will you keep it, cherishing it as it comes to you by infinite expense? And please don’t see it in yourself; see it flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb as a continuous flow into your heart. Look up! Look to Jesus! Bright beams of life flow from His infinite, eternal wounds of healing. Look, and you will live. For God cannot lie; He speaks and it is.
“Let there be light: and there was light.”
What is that sin that so easily beset you before? Let there be light, and the void of God’s life, the darkness, will flee. It must. For God cannot lie; He speaks and it is.