THE TRUE LIGHT – Part I
Leslie M. John
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3)
Creation started at some point of time, and God was there to create, and He was “In the beginning”. Unless He was there before the creation began, He could not be the creator. Therefore, there was a time when God called creation into existence, and that was the ‘beginning’; beginning of what? It was not the beginning of God, but it is beginning of the God’s creation. God is outside time. Job says..
“Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out”. (Job 36:26)
Apostle John rightly said that ‘without him was not anything made that was made ‘
“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made”. (John 1:3)
God started creating this universe and everything in it, as some point of time, and that point of time is, as Scriptures call it, as “In the beginning”. The point of time when God started His creation is not a measurement of time according to eternal God. The LORD specified the measurement of time, and He did it as recorded in Genesis 1:5.
“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:5)
God is always in the present tense. It is for the purpose of understanding of man that, in the limitation of expression of language, it is written as “In the beginning”. The fact that the earth was without form and void should not render misinterpretation of Scriptures that Satan violently interfered in the creation of God. This is an assumption made by some as a result of unbelief in the Almighty power of God. This assumption has no scriptural support.
All that the phrase “And the earth was without form, and void” means that the earth was empty and wasteful before the LORD created plants, animals etc. “Darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”.
The creation was in progress and, therefore, Genesis 1:5b reads…” And the evening and the morning were the first day”. The creation from the start until the end of the first day consisted of the creation of ‘the heaven’, creation of ‘the earth’; calling the light into existence, dividing the light and the darkness and calling the light as “Day” and the darkness as the “Night”.
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5)
It is very important to note that God saw that the light was good, and therefore, He divided the light from the darkness. Darkness flees away when the light shines. One small ray of light is enough to dispel the effect of darkness, but darkness cannot dispel the light.
Apostle John wants us to understand the very touching point that in Lord Jesus was life, and that life was the light of men. When light shone in darkness, the darkness comprehended it not.
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:4-5)
John, the Baptist, (not the Apostle John, who was a disciple of Lord Jesus), was a forerunner of Lord Jesus. He was the voice in the wilderness crying “… Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” John the Baptist did baptize in the wilderness, and preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Many from the land of Judaea, and from Jerusalem that confessed their sins, were baptized of him in the river of Jordan. (cf. Mark 1:3-5)
John the Baptist was a witness who bore witness of the Light that all men might believe in Lord Jesus. He cleared their speculations that he was perhaps the Christ or Elias, inasmuch as he was baptizing. However, he said he baptized with water, but referring to Lord Jesus, who was standing among them, that Lord Jesus was preferred before him, and he was not worthy to unloose latchet of the Lord’s shoe.
John the Baptist said that he was not that Light, but pointing to Lord Jesus he said he came to bear witness of the True Light, who was Lord Jesus Christ, who gives Light to every man coming into this world (ref. John 1:6-9)