In the book of John we see that ‘light’ is something in which we participate. The light came into the world. We are urged to live in the light and we do so by living in Christ. When we adopt Him as our life we have embraced Him as the lens through which we see the way to see correctly. Thus Jesus is the Light in which we overcome the confusion that began with Adam’s entrance to the knowledge of good and evil.
‘For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light’. Ps 36.9 NASB.
With Christ as our life we see and know light as the truth. With the law as our life we neither recognise light or understand life. Light is the property of relationship but not of abstractions like the law and religion.
Jesus tells us how to see. He empowers us to see properly.
A DIFFERENT SEEING
Jesus enters the world as a different way of seeing. Thus – in Him is life and this life is the light of the human race. Your eye must be sound or you will live in darkness. As some do. They don’t get the light because they are still under the law and in the ‘contract’ in which they are attempting to earn God’s approval or ‘keep close to Jesus.’
Unless we make a transition to this new and living way of seeing we distort everything we touch – which is what people do who stick to the law in the Christian Age and make Jesus subservient to it. The most subtle and devious subversion of the life Jesus released through the cross occurs when we reduce our inheritance to a religion.
TRUTH VERSUS DELUSION
Jesus warned that unless He is our lens our light will be darkness. ‘But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!’ Matt 6.23 NIV.
MEN FROM IRONBARK
Should we live in a perverted version of the gospel of the kind Paul called ‘another gospel’ we will bind people in the very captivity from which Jesus released them. Their eyes will be dimmed, their soul crippled and their spirit dulled.
How do people get away with leaching the Body of Christ of spirit and life? We get away with evil if we explain it to ourselves as virtue.