Seeing the light
This Sunday we will start with the following verse: ” This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 ESV).
From The Letters of John (by John R. Stott): “The categories of light and darkness belong to the universal language of religious symbolism. They are common to most religions, not least the religion of the Bible. They are used metaphorically in Scripture in several senses. Intellectually, light is truth and darkness ignorance or error. Morally, light is purity and darkness evil.”
Check out the scriptural references and you can see the double uses of “light”, as mentioned above: Intellectual/truth – Proverbs 6:23; Psalms 119:105 & 130; 2 Peter 1:19; Isaiah 42:6. Moral/righteousness – Isaiah 5:20; Ephesians 5:8-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-8;