Darkness and the Light Part 3 -- By: L. Paul Moore, Jr.

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 106:424 (Oct 1949)
Article: Darkness and the Light Part 3
Author: L. Paul Moore, Jr.


Darkness and the Light
Part 3

L. Paul Moore, Jr.

(Continued from the July-September Number, 1949)

The Light of the World

Good news! Good news!—”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). And again the Lord Jesus said, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever belleveth on me, may not abide in darkness” (John 12:26). Can there be then a man, any man, who is so senseless, deficient in reasoning power or stupid, that he would not gladly, willingly, and at any cost believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? How indeed Himself pleaded to this end in His last public appeal: “Jesus therefore said unto them, Yet a little while is the light among you. Walk while ye have the light, that darkness overtake you not: and he that walketh in the darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have the light believe on the light, that ye may become sons of light” (John 12:35, 36a)!

How is it that Jesus Christ is the light of the world? How is it that He could become the light of the world? Is not man filled with aversion to God? Is not Satan the god of this age and the prince of this world? Has not man for ages set himself to live his days according to his own philosophy of life? And is it not true that man as present constituted is hopelessly, inextricably and forever lost? Yes, all these things are true; and yet, even as the Lord stepped into the multitude of incurables that lay on the pavements near the pool of Bethesda and cured a man who had lain there helpless for thirty and eight years, even so He said that very day to the

Jews: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of man; and they that hear shall live” (John 5:25). God stepped into the irretrievable condition man had brought upon the race, and in the face of awful cost to Himself God sent His Son to be the light of the world.

Let us recall, just for the moment, that the Son of God is “the effulgence of his glory and the very image of his substance” (Heb 1:3). He it is, the Son, who is “the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15). For it pleased the Father, who ever liveth in light unapproachable, that “all the fulness of the Godhead” (Col 2:9) should abide in the...

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