Lesson 2 – god is light theme

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God Is Light
Theme: God is light, and we were created to walk in His light.
Text: 1 John 1:5-7 (NKJV) This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. {6} If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. {7} But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Introduction: In our first lesson on the character of God, we stated that the most evident attribute of God’s nature is first and foremost love. The next and equally most evident characteristic of the nature of God is that God is light.

Ever since man discovered how to harness electricity, and channel it into lighting our homes we have grown increasingly dependant upon the benefits of light. It’s only when we lose power in our homes that we are suddenly reminded of just how dependant we have become to this amazing invention of the light bulb.

In like manner, we may as easily take the spiritual light of the world that comes from God alone for granted. In a nation such as ours, where the light of Jesus Christ has been so readily available, it is far too easy become so accustom to having this light that we vainly imagine that it will always shine upon us. Yet the great liberties and blessings that have come upon us as a result of the light of the gospel are by no means the normal experience of most of the world in which we live.
I. God Is Light

A. The very first evidence of God’s character that we see in creation is His divine light.

Genesis 1:1-3 (NKJV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. {2} The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. {3} Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
B. God, who is light, projected His presence into the darkness which was the dawn of creation. 1 Timothy 6:16 (NLT) He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No one has ever seen him, nor ever will. To him be honor and power forever. Amen.
1. The Sun stands as a testimony of the brilliance of God’s light.

C. Jesus, the creator of all life, stepped into the darkness to bring the light of God into a world lost in spiritual darkness.

John 1:1-5 (NLT) In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. {2} He was in the beginning with God. {3} He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make. {4} Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. {5} The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 8:12 (NKJV) Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

2 Corinthians 4:6 (NKJV) For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 1:1-3 (Amplified) God, having spoken to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth], and in many ways, has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is by His character and nature] His Son [namely Jesus], whom He appointed heir and lawful owner of all things, through whom also He created the universe [that is, the universe as a space-time-matter continuum]. The Son is the radiance and only expression of the glory of [our awesome] God [reflecting God’s Shekinah glory, the Light-being, the brilliant light of the divine], and the exact representation and perfect imprint of His [Father’s] essence, and upholding and maintaining and propelling all things [the entire physical and spiritual universe] by His powerful word [carrying the universe along to its predetermined goal]. When He [Himself and no other] had [by offering Himself on the cross as a sacrifice for sin] accomplished purification from sins and established our freedom from guilt, He sat down [revealing His completed work] at the right hand of the Majesty on high [revealing His Divine authority]
1. Peter, James and John were given a glimpse of the glory of God in human form.

Matthew 17:1-2 (NLT) Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. {2} As the men watched, Jesus' appearance changed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became dazzling white.

2. When Jesus was resurrected He was also glorified with the light that He possessed before coming to the earth, which no earthly body could possibly contain.

John 17:5 (Amplified) Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory and majesty that I had with You before the world existed.
3. The apostle John describes the glorified resurrected Christ.

Revelation 1:12-18 (NLT) When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. {13} And standing in the middle of the lampstands was the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. {14} His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were bright like flames of fire. {15} His feet were as bright as bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. {16} He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was as bright as the sun in all its brilliance. {17} When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, "Don't be afraid! I am the First and the Last. {18} I am the living one who died. Look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
II. When men encounter the light of God they are either transformed of destroyed.

A. Moses sees God’s glorious light. Exodus 33:17-23 (NLT) 17 The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.” 19 The Lord replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. 20 But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.” 21 The Lord continued, “Look, stand near me on this rock. 22 As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen.”

Exodus 34:28-34 (NLT) Moses remained there on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. And the Lord wrote the terms of the covenant—the Ten Commandments—on the stone tablets. 29 When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord. 30 So when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses’ face, they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called out to them and asked Aaron and all the leaders of the community to come over, and he talked with them. 32 Then all the people of Israel approached him, and Moses gave them all the instructions the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses finished speaking with them, he covered his face with a veil. 34 But whenever he went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with the Lord, he would remove the veil until he came out again. Then he would give the people whatever instructions the Lord had given him, 35 and the people of Israel would see the radiant glow of his face. So he would put the veil over his face until he returned to speak with the Lord.

B. Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus Road encounters the light of God’s glory. Acts 22:6-13 NLT) "As I was on the road, nearing Damascus, about noon a very bright light from heaven suddenly shone around me. {7} I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?' {8} "'Who are you, sir?' I asked. And he replied, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, the one you are persecuting.' {9} The people with me saw the light but didn't hear the voice. {10} "I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord told me, 'Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that you are to do.' {11} "I was blinded by the intense light and had to be led into Damascus by my companions. {12} A man named Ananias lived there. He was a godly man in his devotion to the law, and he was well thought of by all the Jews of Damascus. {13} He came to me and stood beside me and said, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight.' And that very hour I could see him!

II. The Light Shines in the Darkness A. It is the nature of light to expose and destroy darkness. 1. God’s kingdom is a kingdom characterized by light, while the devil’s kingdom is a kingdom of darkness. John 1:1-10 (NKJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John’s Witness: The True Light There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

2. The believer is called light, while the unbeliever is called darkness. Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV) You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Ephesians 6:8 (NKJV) For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

John 8:12 (NKJV) Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

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