Word of the Month

Light and life

August 1998

Light and life are bound together inseparably, and both have their origin in God. After God had lifted the earth out of its primordial state of darkness, the Creator spoke the words "Let there be light!" (Genesis 1:3). With this God began his creation work which culminated in the creation of man.

The author of the following psalm was of the conviction: "For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light" (Psalm 36:9). In the Gospel of John it is written of the Son of God and of the word that had taken on flesh: "In him was life, and the life was the light of men" (John 1:4). Again light and life are mentioned in conjunction with each other. When the Son of God began his divine mission on earth, he said of himself: "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). With the incarnation of Jesus Christ as the light of the world a new epoch began in the salvation plan of mankind at the end of which man stands to gain eternal life with the Father, the proviso being that he carries within him the spiritual life which comes through the rebirth with water and the Spirit. He who walks in the light of God is on the path to eternal life and will be enlightened.

Let me mention the three kinds of light shining on our spiritual path: there is the blazing light of the word of God and the gospel; the light of the teachers of God and the ambassadors of Jesus as the stars; and the fire of the light of the understanding of God's plan of salvation that goes out from the Lord to the earth that works perfection.

Is it not wonderful when through the word of God faith is generated, when through faith righteousness valid before God comes into being and when in this righteousness light and life is manifest? The word and the Gospel should be like torches on a dark path; light which no gust of wind will extinguish.

Daniel said of the ambassadors of Christ: "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever" (Daniel 12:3). Like at the time of Jesus' birth the star shone over Bethlehem confirming for the wise men of the East that a "King" had been born, the star today is the wisdom revealed through the ambassadors in the work of God who proclaim that the King of all kings, Jesus Christ, is coming to perfect his work and take up his kingdom.

The understanding of God's plan of salvation is, finally, like a fire. The Lord Jesus said the following of his mission: "I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?" (Luke 12:49). At Pentecost, this fire he was speaking about, was for the first time, kindled in a wider circle. What was begun then has been taken further today.

Most sincerely,<br/>

Richard Fehr