The Bible says that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
What exactly does being the light mean? Is it literal or metaphorical or both? In order to answer this question we need to understand what exactly light is.
Light by definition is both a noun and a verb. As a natural phenomena light makes things visible. When our visual receptors are stimulated we are able to see. Light is a form of energy that exists in tiny packets called photons. Specifically light is electromagnetic radiation of any wave length that travels in a vacuum with a speed that makes the radiation visible to the natural eye.
As a verb light brings illumination or revelation of truth. To make something that was otherwise hidden, visible.
God is light. Jesus is the light of the world. He brings God’s truth into the world.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life . (John 8:12)
To walk in darkness is to be blinded. Scriptures tell us that the god of this world has blinded the eyes of men. Without God’s light humanity is blinded to the truth of the gospel. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
Satan can also manifest as a false light, interestingly enough. (2 Corinthians 11:14 )
What this means is that the accuser can manifest as a messenger of artifical light.
Artifical light is a mirage. An optical illusion. When a light wave is bent by heated air across the sky, it can cause a visual phenomena called a mirage.
This type of optical illusion is what the satans (fallen angels, accusers) use. They bend truth, spout it out like hot air and create a deception. An artificial light.
God’s light illuminates truth. Satan’s light creates illusions, deceptions and distortions.
God who is light operates both in the natural and spiritual realm. These two realms coexist together and operate in parallels.
Ps. 18:28 tells us that God turns our darkness into light. Through the illumination of his Holy Spirit, God reveals his truth.
God’s light keeps our lamp or spiritual eyes illuminated as we continue in his word. The entrance or doorway to God’s light is through his word.
You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Ps. 18:28
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119: 105
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119: 130
God’s word is light.
Light is made up of 3 types of phenomena.
Reflection is when a ray of light strikes a smooth surface and bounces off.
That is how we can see our reflection in the water.
In the same way the light of God’s presence in our life reflects the image of Jesus Christ.
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Mathew 5:16
Jesus is the image of God in human form. God created a physical body and was born as a human being. Jesus is God in the flesh. The exact representation of God.
We are created as expressions of God. In his image.
A resemblance or image.
Those born of God reflect his presence. We are lights in the darkness and also reflections representing him in this world.
The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
You are the light of the world
The next light phenomena is called scattering. This is when light bounces off a rough object and reflects in all directions.
For example when light shines on you through the clouds, instead of directly hitting you, light scatters. Only some of the rays are extended to you because of the object that is blocking.
That is why many times God spoke to the children of Israel through a cloud. No human can handle a direct onslaught of God’s light. It would destroy us. Kind of like being burned to a crisp when in direct sunlight. You need a barrier in order to handle it.
Today God speaks to us through his Son. The word manifest in the flesh. Human to human. God became human in order to to save us from sin. Also to represent himself to the world. (Hebrews 1:1-3)
Those born of God have God’s Holy Spirit residing in them. They are his lamps bringing his reflection or image to a lost world.
The lost who are in darkness cannot handle a direct onslaught of God’s light. They need to see and hear the truth through a filter, your temple!
Paul became blind when he got blasted with God’s light but he did get revelation knowledge of who Jesus Christ is.
Paul sees the light
God’s people represent him in this dark world. Human vessels carrying God himself to a lost world.
Refraction is when a ray of light passes from one transparent medium into another. Like from air to water. This causes the light to change speed which bends the light toward or away from the object.
Examples of light refraction are rainbows and sunsets.
God’s light in a rainbow reminds the world of his promise of grace and mercy.
The sunset reminds us that the night is here. The day of grace will one day be over.
Jesus said the light of the body is the eye. If your eye is evil your body will be filled with darkness. If your eye is single then the whole body is full of light. (Matthew 6:22)
If the vision is filled with dark things then it will corrupt the body. Eventually if not corrected the body will be completely taken over with darkness. That is become completely corrupt.
If however your eye is single, that is clear without darkness then your whole body will be filled with light.
Light is composed of electric and magnetic fields or electromagnetic radiation.
The fields vibrate at right angles to the direction of movement of the wave, and at right angles to each other.
God’s light radiates or emits illumination. God’s light goes into all the world. Each wave of light is a reflection of his image. God spreads forth his illumination through the gospel of Jesus Christ into all the world. He does this through his vessels that are filled with the Holy Spirit’s light.
When the electromagnetic radiation travels in a vacuum, at a speed of 186,000 miles per second (300,000 kilometers per second) this is the speed of light.
God’s light is traveling throughout all the world bringing illumination of his truth. Like the speed of light God’s light is traveling swiftly to bring his gospel message around the globe. Today the message of God’s love and salvation have reached millions of people. In the darkest of places the light of God has penetrated and continues to penetrate.
God is light and in him is no darkness at all. When his light comes into a place the darkness must flee.
This is why Jesus commanded. “Go into all the world and preach my gospel.”(Mark 16:15)
Wherever you go, you bring God’s light. Wherever God’s light is the darkness has to leave.
Darkness cannot put out the light. When the light comes in it illuminates what was hidden in the darkness. It makes everything known.
One day the light will completely overtake all darkness. When this happens the King of glory will come in. He will rule and reign forever. His light will light up everything. There will not be any need for the sun or moon anymore because God’s light is sufficient. His light will reflect his presence throughout all the earth. Even into eternity.