Good morning, children of the Light! Christ Jesus, ‘the light of the world…’ has called you and I out of sin’s darkness and into His light - let us determine to walk in that Spiritual light with Him, lest some terrible darkness causes us to sin against our Saviour.
“Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. They speak vanity every one with his neighbour; with flattering lips and with a double heart do the speak.” (Psalm 12:1-2)
Apostasy is dictionary defined as follows: (noun) abandonment of religious principles or party; a revolt from ecclesiastical obedience, from a religious profession, or from holy orders; defection.
Today, in the 21st Century, we see a gross departing from ’…the faith once delivered unto the saints…’; an ever-increasing evidence of an open revolt against the Bible; against the God of the Bible; and against His Son, Jesus Christ. We are in the midst of a great age of apostasy! God forgive us all!
Our Bible passage this morning depicts Christ as ’…Light of the world…’, walking among the children of men, and marveling at their total unbelief.
“…Walk while ye have the Light, lest darkness (Spiritual darkness and apostasy) come upon you; for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not wither he goeth. While ye have Light (Spiritual light), believe in the light, that ye may be the children of the light…” (John 12:35-36)
However, while it is quite easy to imagine the unsaved walking in such Spiritual darkness - never having received Christ as Saviour and Lord - we Christian believers must also remind ourselves of our duty to daily walk in the light of Christ Jesus, which is only our reasonable duty. (Romans 12:1-2)
The Christian has no excuse for continually walking in Spiritual darkness!
The Gospel message given from God concerning the only means of Eternal Salvation in His Son, Christ Jesus, does one of two vital things: It softens the hearts of those whom God will save; and it hardens the hearts of all others who will never see Heaven, never find repentance and faith in Christ.
Today’s selected passage from John’s Gospel account clearly teaches the impossibility of Salvation for those whom God blinds to His truth. Fact.
“Therefore (a conclusion to the lesson taught) they could not believe, because that Esaias (or Isaiah the prophet) said again, ‘He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them (Spiritually).’” (V.39-40)
Oh yes, dear friend, without a doubt, Salvation is of the Lord God alone. He has decided exactly whom He will save, and whom He will reject. Our God is a Sovereign Lord God, and God must be Sovereign in all things pertaining to His own Sovereign Creation. Hallelujah! We serve a Sovereign Lord God!
“What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then (a conclusion) it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” Oh yes, God alone is God! (Romans 9:14-16)
As Christ Jesus hung upon that cruel Cross some short time later, the people that heard this teaching saw for themselves how He was ‘…lifted up from the earth…’, ‘…signifying what death He should die.’ (V.32-33)
Once the light of Christ’s life was given up, a great darkness indeed covered the earth; the grave sin of National Israel brought a darkness upon that nation that has never been lifted since. Individual Jewish men and women have certainly been granted faith to believe Messiah Jesus’ message of Salvation and received His Sacrifice for sin. Yet, in a National sense,
Israel remains under the
dark curse of sin. We Christians must
pray for Israel’s Salvation, as well as the turning of our own various nations to Christ from sin.
It is every Christian’s ‘…reasonable service…’ to God, to walk in His Light continually. Children of the Light must walk in the Light of Christ.
Thought: Be honest! Are you and I walking in Christ’s Light today?