Let There Be Light
By George Kirkpatrick
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The word light has several meanings. It means the natural light we can see by, the light of the sun, or it can be an artificial light by any means. It can have the meaning of making fun or, or belittling someone or something. It also has the meaning of something being light, or not heavy. But the most important meaning of the word light is to bring understanding and knowledge of the Word of God.
What did God mean when He said, "Let there be light." Most would say He meant the light of the sun. But let's look further. God spoke:
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." Genesis 1:3-5
God spoke light into existence on the first day. But as we look further in the first chapter of Genesis, we discover God spoke two other lights into existence on the fourth day:
"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day." Genesis 1:14-19
The word firmament means "the vault or expanse of heaven." The creation God made on the fourth day was the sun and the moon to divide the day from the night. The sun and the moon are what gives light upon the earth. The stars were also spoken into existence on the fourth day. Each of us know it is the sun and moon which determine the seasons, the days and the years. We tell time by these two means.
Since we discovered the sun and the moon were created on the fourth day, what did God speak into existence on the first day? Since we know it was not the light that would lighten the physical earth, then we must look at this light with Spiritual eyes and prove it by the Word.
When God spoke, "Let there be light", He was speaking of the Holy Spirit. When God spoke, "Let there be light", He saw the light was good, and made a division between the Spirit of Light (life) and the spirit of darkness (death). He called the Spirit of light, Day - - - and He called the spirit of darkness, Night. Let's back up to verse two:
"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Genesis 1:2
The earth was without form, and void. The earth had yet to take form, and it was void. The word void has the meaning of "empty." Darkness was upon the face of the deep. The word deep means "abyss or deep place." But we discover the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters. There is no life (energy) in darkness. But the Spirit of God moved which meant God is the Spirit of life. We know God is the creator of all things. Isaiah declared by the anointing of the Spirit:
"I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things." Isaiah 45:7
Yes, God created the spirit of darkness and evil, but He also gave us the power through the Holy Spirit of Light to overcome darkness and evil in our lives. All we need to do is to ask, and He will give us this power. The beloved John recorded Jesus words:
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:19
The word condemnation means "judgement or damnation." What can those who love darkness and shun the Spirit of Light expect? They can expect judgment and damnation because they have loved the darkness, and rejected God's light (the Holy Spirit). Paul spoke about God's light which shined out of the dark and empty space:
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." II Corinthians 4:6
God commanded the light (the Holy Spirit) to shine out of darkness on the first day of creation. This glorious light was given to shine in our hearts (our minds) to give us the knowledge of the glory of God. Praise the Lord!
Those who reject this light (the Holy Spirit) can only expect judgment and damnation. When they reject the light, then they cannot expect to receive the knowledge of the glory of God that shown in the face of Jesus Christ.
This was the same glory that shown in the face of Moses when he came down from Mount Sinai with the ten commandments. Moses had to put a veil over his face because the Israelites could not look upon God's glory because of their carnal state. Today many who call themselves Christians are in this same carnal condition. Paul wrote to Timothy:
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5
Many Christians today have a form of godliness. This is called "religion." Many follow their dead form religion, believing this will make them right or righteous in the sight of God. But they have denied the power of God which is the light God spoke into existence on His first day of creation. The power of God is the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave us a promise:
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8
This power is the gift of God to His creation, so they can understand His Word which is God's direction to man so He can again enter back into the presence of God that was lost in the Garden of Eden. But those who depend on their religious affiliation and deny the power will suffer God's judgment because they have rejected the light.
In the beginning God divided the light from the darkness. This division was made between those who walk in the light of the gospel, from those who remain in the darkness of the world. Paul commended those in the church at Ephesus:
"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light." Ephesians 5:8
Paul called those in the church at Ephesus children of light. These had been children of darkness before they came to the light of the glorious gospel of truth. John recorded Jesus' words when he prayed:
"Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth." John 17:17
The Word of God is the only truth God has given man to live by. The word sanctify in this Scripture is the Greek word HAGIAZO which means "to separate from profane things, to cleanse, to purify, to make free from the guilt of sin." This can only be accomplished when God's Word is revealed by the Holy Spirit anointing in our lives. Only then can the true light of His Word be understood. When they asked John the Baptist if He was the light, He declared:
"He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." John 1:9
Jesus was the personification of that Light because God dwelt in Him. The beloved John disclosed:
"This then is the message which we have heard of Him and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." I John 1:5
God is light and there is absolutely no darkness (sin) in Him. When John the Baptist baptized Jesus
". . . the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art My beloved Son; in Thee I am well pleased." Luke 3:22
Jesus received the baptism of the dove which is the symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace. Jesus received the Double Portion baptism. No man, as yet, has received this Double Portion baptism of peace. But God has promised we will receive this baptism to do the greater works. John recorded this event when he wrote of Jesus:
"For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him." John 3:34
Jesus received the Holy Spirit without measure. The works Jesus did, He did by the anointing (the Holy Spirit) that was upon Him. When they asked John if he was the light, the people were expecting the light because it had been prophesied in the Old Testament. Even the ancients knew the Light of God was the Holy Spirit.
"O send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to Thy tabernacles." Psalms 43:3
The Light and the Word are the same. Without the Holy Spirit, the Word cannot be understood. As Paul wrote to Timothy:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" II Timothy 3:16
All Scripture, both the Old and the New Testaments, were inspired by the Holy Spirit and cannot be understood without God's Holy Spirit anointing. An unknown Psalmist writes:
"The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." Psalm 119:130
The entrance of God's Word giveth light. The word entrance means "the opening, unfolding, or understanding of the Word of God, bring to light and understanding of the Word." Another Psalmist declares:
"Praise ye Him, sun and moon: praise Him, all ye stars of light." Psalm 148:3
Those who walk in the light are called stars of light. Psalm 148 is a Psalm of praise. All God's creation is to praise the Lord, especially His stars of light. God's chosen and elect are His stars of light. Paul wrote to the Philippians:
"That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;" Philippians 2:15
We truly live in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation. We are to shine as God's stars of light in the world. Jesus informs us:
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid." Matthew 5:14
We are the light of, and in, the world. We make up the Holy City of God, New Jerusalem. If the true light of God shines in us, it will be seen by all. We cannot be hid. John gives us insight:
"But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him." John 11:10
Many are stumbling in their walk because they have shun the light of God. We need to walk as God's stars of light.
Moses prophesied about the coming of Jesus:
"The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto Me; unto Him ye shall hearken." Deuteronomy 18:15
God would raise up a prophet from one of the tribes of Israel who had the same anointing as Moses. Jesus was that prophet. As we study the Word, we realize God reveals Himself and His power in many ways. As Jesus declared to His disciples, the power of God is the Holy Spirit.
When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai, after being in the presence of the Almighty, the light of life not only showed in his face, but his whole being was filled with this light. The people could not look upon His face or come near His presence. As Moses' whole being was filled with the light and power of God, so was Jesus' whole being filled with this same light and power. Luke recorded a truth most have overlooked:
"And the whole multitude sought to touch Him: for there went virtue out of Him, and healed them all." Luke 6:19
The word virtue is the Greek word DUNAMIS which means "power and strength." It is translated seven times as the word miracle. It, therefore, becomes clear that the miracles Jesus did were by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, for Jesus said:
"I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." John 5:30
Like Matthew and Mark, Luke also recorded the healing of the woman who had an issue of blood twelve years:
"And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind Him, and touched the border of His garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched Me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with Him said, master, the multitude throng Thee and press Thee, and sayest Thou, Who touched Me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched Me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of Me." Luke 8:43-46
Again, Jesus felt the power of the the anointing of the Holy Spirit go out of His body. There was nothing in Jesus' garment to heal this woman who had been to all the doctors. It was only by the anointing of the Holy Spirit residing in Jesus that she was healed.
The power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Light came upon the early church also. It came in the form of cloven tongues of fire. Fire purifies or destroys. The Spirit of God was given to purify and cleanse a people, so they could again come into the presence of the living God.
Before Jesus left the earthly realm, He gave Peter the keys to the Kingdom. Keys are what open and reveal that which has been hidden. It is recorded of Peter:
"And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women. Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by mighty overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one." Acts 5:14-16
It was not Peter's shadow that healed the multitude. It was the aura of the Holy Spirit anointing upon Peter that touched the people. This is the same anointing or virtue that healed the multitude in the time of Jesus. It is the same light that shown in the face of Moses. And it is the same anointing God has promised those who will do His greater works.
As we begin to understand God's creation, then we can understand what God has for His people at the end of the age. It has been said, we cannot understand God until we have a firm understanding of Genesis. In Genesis, God laid out His eternal plan for His whole creation. But we must look at Genesis with Spiritual eyes, not just try to understand it with our carnal mind. As Paul related, "all scripture is given by the inspiration of God." Genesis, too, was inspired by God.
John, the revelator, gives us insight into the eternal nature of God:
"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship Him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." Revelation 13:8
The Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) was slain before the foundation of the world. You may ask, "How can this be?" We need to come to the understanding that all of God's creation was created in the Spirit first. All the ages of time happened in the Spirit before it was manifest in the flesh. God asked Job many questions:
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof;
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." Job 38:4-7
The questions God asked Job had to do with the foundation of the earth. God was asking Job if he had the understanding that he was there in the Spirit before the foundation of the earth. Who else was there? Verse 7 tells us "all" the sons of God and the morning stars were there.
The morning stars are God's anointed women who know their place in God and live according to His Word. All the sons of God - - - whoever were sons - - - whoever would be sons - - - were there shouting for joy. Why? From the beginning the sons knew they would rule and reign with Christ. Paul understood this concept when he wrote to the church at Rome:
"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." Romans 8:19
The word manifestation means "to be revealed, to appear, the revelation thereof." The whole creation is waiting for all the Sons of God who were revealed to Job to be manifested. Paul continues to explain why:
"For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." Romans 8:2-23
The whole creation was made subject to vanity. The word vanity is the Greek word MATAIOTES and means "devoid of the truth, perverseness and depravity." The whole creation is waiting for the Sons of God to be delivered from the bondage of corruption (death) to have liberty as the true children of God.
Are not all who call upon the name of Jesus, children? Not according to Paul's writings:
"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9
If the Spirit of Light is not manifested in their lives, then they are none of His. We need to shed our fleshly image, our fleshly thoughts, our fleshly ideas - - - and begin to walk by God's Spiritual direction. This is why the whole creation is groaning and travailing, because they do not see the life of Christ being manifested in those who are called by His name. So they have no hope of redemption.
As Paul revealed we have only obtained the firstfruits of the Spirit. If Paul only had the firstfruits, then why do those who claim to have more, not manifest the life in Christ in their mortal bodies? As Paul related, we are all waiting for the day of adoption when we will receive the redemption of our mortal bodies and become His glorious children of light, or as the Psalmist wrote, stars of light.
God has promised this from the beginning of time. It was given to those whom God did foreknow and predestinate. As Paul continued His revelation to the church at Rome, he concluded:
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." Romans 8:29-30
God has many brethren (sons) who are predestined to be manifest in the last hour of time. These He has justified and will glorify them in the Spirit. The whole creation is waiting for these to be glorified in the flesh. Paul gave this same revelation to the Ephesians:
"According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:" Ephesians 1:4
When were we predestined? It was before the foundation of the world.
"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will," Ephesians 1:5
Jesus came and gave His life so He could have a people to fellowship with. These are those who are predestined according to the good pleasure of His own will.
"That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will:" Ephesians 1:10-11
From the beginning of the ages, God knew those who would become His Word, do His will, and walk in His way. God will gather these together at the end of the age to become the inheritors of His Kingdom. Paul also revealed this same truth to Timothy:
"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began," II Timothy 1:9
Christ Jesus is the risen, glorified Christ who sits on the right hand of the Father. Our holy calling comes from Christ Jesus. This holy calling was in our life before the world began. It was a holy calling to be those manifested sons and the morning stars of God in His coming Kingdom. Paul knew God would have a Kingdom people at the end of the age:
"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God. According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:" Ephesians 3:9-11
God has hidden the truths of His Word from the beginning to be revealed in this last hour of time. God has an eternal purpose for His people which He purposed in Christ Jesus before the world began.
"But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth:" II Thessalonians 2:13
God has chosen us to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit of Light. We are witnessing the manifestation in the flesh realm, what God has ordained in the Spirit before the world began. Paul revealed this to Titus:
"In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;" Titus 1:2
Man has always looked for eternal life. There is no eternal life outside of the Spirit.
God is revealing Himself in a new way at the end of the age. God wants us to understand His Word. But when God reveals His hidden truths (mysteries) that do not line up with man's teachings or their theological understandings, then these truths become subject to their religious ridicule. What man needs to do is to seek out the truth for Himself, instead of trying to please God by keeping man's precepts and doctrines. As Paul warned the church at Colosse:
"Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, Touch not; taste not; handle not; which all are to perish with the using; after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh." Colossians 2:20-23
As Paul revealed, those who try to please God by keeping man's ordinances will perish with the using (keeping). Seek God through His Word, not through a religious system.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul reveals the day in which we live:
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light." Romans 13:12
The armor of light is our Spiritual armor. It is only by this light that we can have God's wisdom, understanding and knowledge.
So when God stated in the beginning, "Let there be light," He was speaking to all His creation to let this light shine in the darkness that has come upon the world. It is only this light that we can overcome the world. Praise God!
See also: The Light of Life
Stars of Light
God's Glory Revealed in the Clouds
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