Thy Light

Thy Light

Darkness descended over the kingdom of God. A third of the stars of heaven went out. “The angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation” entered into “everlasting chains under darkness” Jude 6. They “changed the truth of God into a lie” (Romans 1:25) and became the first to “leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness” Proverbs 2:13. The Father's heart was pained to see them turn against Him. He knew that "the way of the wicked is as darkness" while "the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." Proverbs 4:18,19.

Now the universe was darkened by a veil of deception that covered their eyes, blinded by lies about God—lies about His willingness to give and forgive. His greatest Gift, His second self, His only begotten Son, was given to the universe as the express image of His own self that all might see a reflection of the Father's love, selfless service, devotion, and tender care for the creatures of His hand. But the god of this world had blinded the minds of them which believed not. Why? Lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2Cor 4:4.
“This fact the [fallen] angels would obscure, that Christ was the only begotten Son of God” Letter 42, April 29, 1910 in This Day with God p. 128
But God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2Cor 4:6.

Not only did the prince of darkness obscure and hide the truth about the Son of the one true God (John 17:3), but he has also deceived the whole world about the origins of the heaven and earth, the sea and the fountain of waters (Rev 14:7). The father of lies (John 8:48) led men to believe that the Creator of life, the Prince of peace, the Father of all mercies, and the Son of His love was Himself a devil, menacing and vengeful, stern and unforgiving.
“The earth was dark through misapprehension of God. That the gloomy shadows might be lightened, that the world might be brought back to God, Satan’s deceptive power was to be broken.” “To know God is to love Him; His character must be manifested in contrast to the character of Satan. This work only one Being in all the universe could do. Only He who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it known.” Desire of Ages p. 22
"Show us the Father," Philip asked Jesus, "and we will be satisfied." Jesus came to reveal the Father to the fallen sons of Adam.
“All that man needs to know and can know of God has been revealed in the life and character of His Son” Medical Ministry p. 95; MS 124 1903.

It is the darkness of misapprehension of God that is enshrouding the world. Men are losing their knowledge of His character. It has been misunderstood and misinterpreted. At this time a message from God is to be proclaimed, a message illuminating in its influence and saving in its power. His character is to be made known. Into the darkness of the world is to be shed the light of His glory, the light of His goodness, mercy, and truth. Those who wait for the Bridegroom’s coming are to say to the people, “Behold your God.” The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love. Christ Object Lessons p. 415

In their own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them. Christ, the outshining of the Father’s glory, came to the world as its light. He came to represent God to men. He was anointed “with the Holy Ghost and with power,” and “went about doing good.” Acts 10:38.

“Ye are the light of the world,” He said. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14, 16.

Thus in the night of spiritual darkness God’s glory is to shine forth through His church in lifting up the bowed down and comforting those that mourn. All around us are heard the wails of a world’s sorrow. On every hand are the needy and distressed.

Practical work will have far more effect than mere sermonizing. We are to give food to the hungry, clothing to the naked, and shelter to the homeless. And we are called to do more than this. The wants of the soul, only the love of Christ can satisfy. If Christ is abiding in us, our hearts will be full of divine sympathy. The sealed fountains of earnest, Christlike love will be unsealed.
One interest prevailed. One object swallowed up all others. Every pulse beat in healthy concert. The only ambition of the believers was to see who could reveal most perfectly the likeness of Christ’s character. {ML 36.4}{RH April 30, 1908} {ST December 1, 1898, par. 8} {SW November 28, 1905, par. 9}

Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the Father in truth and love. 2 John 3

Gary Hullquist