The Darkness vs. The Light
There are many important truths in the scriptures, however one of the most profound truths is that of the darkness vs. the light. So revolutionary important is this truth, that the Bible opens with this very theme in the first five verses.
Genesis 1:1-5 (NIV)
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
You see, at the very outset of creation God created both darkness and light, but He made clear distinctions between them. The darkness was called "night." And the light was called "day."
When you want to gain a clearer understanding of what God has to say on any given subject, it is best to clarify your topic, then research it within the entire Bible. Today I simply want to post several scriptures that help us to see more clearly what God has to say about this critically important topic.
2 Samuel 22:29 (NIV)
You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
Job 12:22 (NIV)
God reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.
Psalm 18:28 (NIV)
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Psalm 139:12 (NIV)
Even the darkness will not be dark to you (God); the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Isaiah 5:19-21 (NIV)
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
Isaiah 9:2 (NIV)
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)
I (God) will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do.
Isaiah 58:10 (NIV)
If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
Isaiah 60:1-3 (NIV)
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Mattthew 4:16 (NIV)
The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
Matthew 5:14 (NIV)
You are the light of the world.
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Luke 11:34 (NIV)
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they (your eyes) are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.
John 1:5 (NIV)
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome the light.
John 8:12 (NIV)
Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Acts 26:17-18 (NIV)
God said this to the Apostle Paul. "I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me."
Romans 13:12 (NIV)
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
2 Corinthians 6:14 (NIV)
What fellowship can light have with darkness?
(This is a rhetorical question. The implied answer is, "None.")
Ephesians 5:8 (NIV)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.
I Thessalonians 5:5 (NIV)
You are all children of the light and children of the day.
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 John 2:8 (NIV)
Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
It is clearly apparent what God has to say about darkness vs. the light. If we claim to be of the light, we can not continue to embrace darkness. We can not even pretend to be darkness. In fact, scripture indicates that if we are genuine believers, we are to have nothing to do with darkness, and everything to do with light.
Of all these verses about the darkness vs. the light, this one is probably my favorite:
1 John 1:5 (NIV)
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
This scripture is explicitly clear. In God there is no darkness...zero. Zilch. God is light. Pure light. Totally and completely light. If we claim to love and follow God, maybe we should be pure light too.