|Artist's depiction of Christ, the light [of the world]. |
Priceless souls desperately need the light of Christ
to transform them.
John 1:4-9 - "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. 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." - John 1:4-9
Question: Why is Christ described as "light?"
John's Gospel further describes Christ. It talks of Him as "life" - and, in this life there is divine light to pierce through spiritual darkness. In this very first Chapter, the reader (and hearer) is introduced to one of the Gospel of John's "I AM" sayings of Jesus:
John 8:12 - "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." - KJV -
The preceding verse [John 1:3] spoke of Christ creating all physical life; but verse 4 speaks of of a life that is so much different. It is a regenerating life; a type of life that transforms the human soul from being enemies of God [Ephesians 2:1;2;3 ; Romans 8:7 ; 1 Corinthians 2:14] to that of being friends with God. [Psalm 23:1f] This regenerating life only happens when Christ the Creator comes with His divine light, not only to expose sin [John 8:12] but to author and pioneer the way out of that spiritual darkness [Hebrews 12:2 ; Hebrews 5:9] which only leads to eternal damnation.
John 1:6 - "There was a man sent from God, whose name was John."
John the Baptist is now introduced in verse John 1:6. Later on in the chapter it is more fully explained about his role of introducing the people of his day to Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy of Christ, the Messiah.
It can be noted that John 1:7;8;9 verses, are Scripture verses which can (and are) misinterpreted by the "Universalists." This misinterpretation ends up with everyone finding themselves in heaven. Nothing could be farther from the Gospel truth as in John 1:10-14 and other Scriptures, it is plain that it is God granted faith in a person which is the quality and prerequisite of making one acceptable to God and his holy heaven. Please note the following: Cheap Grace is a Worthless Substitute for a Faith That Saves - thechristianmessage.org
Please notice: The above verses quoted out of the King James Version. However, by placing your computer cursor over the Bible reference; you may read each individual verse in the New King James Version [translation].
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