|Luke 11:33 |
33 No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a bushel, but on a lamp stand, so that those who come in may see the light.4
4 No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a bushel, but on a lamp stand, so that those who come in may see the light. There is no such thing as a secret, true Christian, who has entered the Kingdom of Heaven, in union with God, to become a light. God does not hide his lights of the earth. In 17th Century England, when tens of thousands early Quakers entered the kingdom, the Lord said to George Fox: "If only one man or woman were raised by his power, to stand and live in the same spirit that the prophets and apostles were in who gave forth the scriptures, that man or woman should shake all the country in their profession for ten miles round." For people had the scriptures, but were not in the same light, power, and spirit, in which were those who gave forth the scriptures: so they neither knew God, Christ, nor the scriptures aright; nor had they unity one with another, being out of the power and spirit of God. And the Lord certainly did not hide George Fox under a bushel; he was the most famous man in England for his time. Even Oliver Cromwell, the revolutionary "Lord Protector," who deposed King Charles I, was awed by George Fox.