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The Light Of Life
by Wayne Blank
"he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life"
God's "Let there be light," as quoted above from the opening verses of Genesis is one of the most famous statements of the Holy Bible. But was light itself created at that point? Or was light the creating force of life?
First, it was the Word of God (see The Logos) that created all things.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3 KJV)
But notice also that the creating force for life was "light":
"In him was life; and the life was the light of men." (John 1:4 KJV)
The sole purpose of John the Baptist's life (John's conception was a miracle from God i.e. Luke 1:7,11-17 - see also John's Last Days) was to prepare the way for Jesus Christ, "to bear witness of the Light." Notice the context, that the "light" is spoken of in a personal sense i.e. John was not the Light, Jesus Christ was.
"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 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 1:6-9 KJV)
Jesus Christ is the "Word," the "Light," of God through Whom all things were created.
"He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Fact Finder: Jesus Christ plainly said that "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12 KJV). What sort of "light" did He say that those who follow Him would have?