|Luke 1:78-79 |
78 Through the tender mercy of our God, by which the Dayspring [the morning star, Jesus Christ] from on high will break upon us, [From the Word of the Lord within: "First the light arises, then the kingdom. The arising of the light will be unmistakable; it is an ego-shattering experience. Light comes from faith in the voice."]
79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.5" [All men sit in darkness and walk in darkness until their hearts have been purged from the evil that defiles them. From the Word of the Lord within: "All sin is darkness. The whole world lies in wickedness; the wickedness knows no shame. Darkness mocks the earth; darkness covers the earth. I am the light of the world; he who follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life. I will come again to the elect; I will be their crown to lead and guide them."]
5 Through the tender mercy of our God, by which the Dayspring [the morning star, Jesus Christ] from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Notice! We all start sitting in spiritual darkness, without peace. We are all dead to the life of God, children of Adam who fell and lost it for all mankind. If we wait on God, which is to persistently sit in humble silence, listen for his voice and words, watch for his revelations, hear his commands, and then obey Him; then we progress until at last the light shines in our hearts, until the morning star rises in our hearts: we see our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the morning star that breaks upon us. We then walk in the light, as children of the light; and we have fellowship in the light with other saints and with the Father and the Son; and the peace of God rules our heart; Col 3:15; as this verse states, the light guides our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:79
From the Word of the Lord within:
I am the light of the world; he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life. John 8:12. The promise for following Jesus is to come out of darkness, to walk in the light, to have the light of life; this is to be restored to the life of God, exactly the life that Adam and Eve lost in the garden; as God had told them they would surely die, and die they did to the life of God, as they then lived in the life of Satan. But here is the glorious promise fulfilled, that God would restore man again to the life of God — and here is our opportunity, by belief in the Light, which enlightens all men, by obedience to that light, we can become children of the Light, restored to the light of life, the life of God, restored to the spiritual image of God. We follow Jesus by obeying his commands that we hear him speak to us as we expose ourselves to hearing those commands by waiting on God. When we obey what commands we hear him speak to us, then we are following his orders, we are following Jesus as he leads us to kill our sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial.
Fallen man is in spiritual darkness. He cannot see through the eyes of God, which is to see by the light of God. In darkness, we stumble, we grope, we guess what is good and what is bad (evil). The best we can do is choose the least evil alternative, and each of us sees and chooses differently, based on our conditioned experiences. When we are restored to the light of life by Jesus, we see by His light, we walk by His spirit, we are prompted by His thoughts, His words, His deeds. In all situations we see perfectly the exact virtuous deed to be done, we hear the perfectly virtuous word to be said — we are united with God's spirit, and He supplies the direction and energy to do his will. The kingdom of God within us is entered in our consciousness; we are in his presence continually, beholding his glory in the face of Jesus Christ. His promptings are received with obedient joy; His will is done, on earth as it is in heaven. We walk in glorious service to God enjoying holiness, while on earth. Jesus Christ is then, and only then, our true Lord, whom we continuously serve, whom we continuously obey, whom we continuously praise, whom we continuously worship; this is to have the light of life. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; so that you may show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Pet 2:9