Scriptures tell us to walk in the light.
What does it mean to walk in the light? To find that out, we need to know what is ‘the light’?
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
Obviously, light is the opposite of darkness. Darkness is the absence of light.
According to the ancient Greeks light, or phōs was a pure brilliant light that overcame or triumphed over darkness, blindness, and ignorance.
Scriptures say that we have been delivered from the domain of darkness. Satan’s kingdom has no light. It is void of anything to do with God. When we were lost, we were alienated from God. That is, we lived in darkness under the domain of the wicked one.
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. (Collisions 1:13 Ephesians 5:8, 1 John 2:8,1 Peter 2:9)
Those of us who are born again no longer belong to the kingdom of darkness because we have been translated into the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Refer to my blog: https://kimbalogh.online/2020/12/18/born-of-god/)
Now we are living in the kingdom of light. That being said, we must walk in the kingdom of light. Why would scriptures exhort us to walk in the light if we are born into the kingdom of light? You would think that would be a given, but, it is not. Many are born into the kingdom of light but they do not walk as if they belonged to the kingdom of light.
God’s kingdom of light has no darkness at all. That is why Jesus said, ‘if your eye be single (clear) your whole body will be full of light’. (1 John 1:5)
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Matthew 6:22
To be clear is to perceive, understand, or interpret. (oxford dic.)
In other words, if your focus or eye gate is on the kingdom of light, then you will be filled with that light.
God dwells in the light. Where he lives there is no darkness at all. (1 Timothy 6:16)
Scriptures tell us that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. We are in Jesus Christ positionally. Therefore we dwell in the light. (Ephesians 2:6, Colossions 1:12 )
Now we must walk in the light.
How do we do that? We know, first of all, that it is by perception. By understanding who we are in Jesus Christ, what was accomplished through his death and resurrection, and understanding the mysteries of the kingdom.
Let’s examine this scripture verse to find out more.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:6,7
If we say or epō, speak, say, tell, or write that we have fellowship with God.
In other words, if we make a claim that we have fellowship with him, (Jesus)
Koinōnia: Social intercourse, communication, benefaction, communion
And walk or peripateō, to live, regulate one’s life, conduct one’s self, tred around in, live in, be occupied with.
In darkness skotos, that is in shadiness, blindness, ignorance.
(See my blog. https://kimbalogh.online/2022/08/24/is-ignorace-a-sin/)
Then we deceive ourselves and others. (We are not in the truth)
And do not the truth. (God’s word is truth. alētheia)
But, if we walk (peripateō to live, regulate one’s life, conduct one’s self, tred around in, live in, be occupied with) in the light phōsphōs or luminescence of God’s word, in his Kingdom of light, then we have fellowship with one another.
We are in a relationship with each other or those who are like-minded.
Whoever loves his brother abides in the light. 1 John 2:10
AND the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us (purges and purifies)us from all sin. 1 John 2:6
This is important. It means that IF we are walking in the light, then the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us continually from all sin. In other words, IF we are dwelling in the light, under the blood, in a covenant relationship with God who dwells in the light AND are walking in the light of his word or truth, THEN we are under the covenant of grace.
If we say we are in the light, that we have fellowship with God, BUT we are not walking in the light the Bible tells us that we are deceived. Because God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Ephesians 5:11-14
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:6
Whoever abides in him or dwells in him, (the light) continues in him, endures with him, remains in Jesus Christ, is under obligation or has a moral duty to walk (peripateō -to live in, tred around in, be occupied with) in the kingdom of light doing things that pertain to the kingdom of light.
Jesus told us that we are the light of the world. When we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we are dwelling in the redeemed state, holding forth the light before those who are still in darkness. Jesus told us to shine our light in this dark world. That is, by walking in the light we show others the way out of the darkness. We are a witness to the light who is Jesus Christ.
Phōs is where we get the word phosphorus. (Latin) It means ‘to bear the light’. Luminescence or light bearing is a result of a chemical reaction from phosphorus.
In the same way, when we are in a relationship with God the light in us shines in the darkness.
When we walk in the light we reveal who God is to the world. We shine like beacons or lanterns. This is why we must be like the 5 virgins who had light in their lanterns. Walking in the light of God’s kingdom in a dark world.
If we are like the 5 virgins who had no light in their lanterns or who walked in the darkness, then we cannot radiate God’s light.
Moses spent so much time in God’s presence that he radiated God’s light so brightly it was visibly manifest to others. The same with Stephen. He was filled with God’s word. No one could refute his wisdom.
Jesus said, ‘let your light shine before others so that they will see your good works’, or the works of the kingdom. (Matthew 5:16)
Walking in the light brings glory to God! It reveals his kingdom to the world that sits in darkness. Walk in the light of God’s kingdom and let it shine in the darkness!