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When God reveals His way to mankind, there is His light. This "light" allows man to see sin, and to recognize the way to escape sin's grip. The first thing God did to recreate the earth is exclaim prophetically, "let there be light". That is not yet completely fulfilled. God has assigned His Church to be the "light of the world" now.

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Sermon
“Let There Be Light”
Beloit 4142 (Sabbath After Last DUB)

Intro: For the past week we have participated in being elevated and raised above, way beyond Human ways and earth created concepts.

Now, we are able to look into the Family of God and its Member’s eternal existence with orders of magnitude more than ever!

Benefit Statement: We can grasp what humanity cannot. We may not yet grasp all things of God, but there is something we can understand and add to the Life of God in us, because He wants us to be responsible WITH Him for what He is building and creating.

SPS: Where God IS …we always find something only God’s People can begin to understand as humans. 

Light. In Him is NO darkness, and when He began the recreation of earth, the FIRST thing He did was command, “LET THERE BE LIGHT!”

Body:

1)    God is Eternal and True Light
Genesis 1:3-5 Genesis 1:3-5 [3] And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. [4] And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. [5] And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
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; 15-18 “Let there be …Light” [H216 אוֹר ʼôr ore   From H215; illumination or (concretely) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.):—bright, clear, + day, light (-ning), morning, sun.


2 Corinthians 4: 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Law is a light – Proverbs 6:23 Proverbs 6:23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
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In His presence is light – Acts 9:3 Acts 9:3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
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; Acts 12:7 Acts 12:7And, behold, the angel of the Lord came on him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
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; Acts 22:6 Acts 22:6And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come near to Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
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, 9; Acts 26:13 Acts 26:13At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
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He dwells in unapproachable light – 1 Timothy 6:16 1 Timothy 6:16Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach to; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.
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In the Kingdom – speaking of Jerusalem –
Isaiah 60: 19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. 20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended


(No night there – Revelation 22:5 Revelation 22:5And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
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- the lamb is its light – Revelation 21:23-24 Revelation 21:23-24 [23] And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. [24] And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.
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2)    Mankind / World vs Light
He was the light of the world – John 8:12 John 8:12Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
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; John 9:5 John 9:5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
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; John 11:9 John 11:9Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbles not, because he sees the light of this world.
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,10; John 12:35-36 John 12:35-36 [35] Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come on you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes. [36] While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
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; John 12:46 John 12:46I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should not abide in darkness.
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In Him was life which is the light of men – John 1:4-9 John 1:4-9 [4] In him was life; and the life was the light of men. [5] And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. [6] There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. [7] The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. [8] He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. [9] That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.
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Came into the world, and the darkness comprehended it not – John 1:5 John 1:5And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
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; John 3:19-21 John 3:19-21 [19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. [20] For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. [21] But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are worked in God.
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Satan disguised as an angel of light – 2 Corinthians 11:14 2 Corinthians 11:14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
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Earth’s Leaders wander without light – Job 12:25 Job 12:25They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them to stagger like a drunken man.
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Some rebel against the light – Job 24:13 Job 24:13They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
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Woe to those who call light darkness – Isaiah 5:20 Isaiah 5:20Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
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The Logos here says - those of God at any time in history will evidence this LIGHT of Christ! (v22)


Isaiah 60:1-3 Isaiah 60:1-3 [1] Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen on you. [2] For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise on you, and his glory shall be seen on you. [3] And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
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Isaiah put it this way (with God’s inspiration): “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising”.

3)    Christians and Light
(Light and Dark compared by God for His People - Exodus 14:20 Exodus 14:20And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.
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Lord is my light – Psalms 27:1 Psalms 27:1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
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(Law is a light – Proverbs 6:23 Proverbs 6:23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
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Lord gives light to the oppressor and poor man equally – Proverbs 29:13 Proverbs 29:13The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lightens both their eyes.
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Once dwell in darkness – now a great light has shined – Isaiah 9:2 Isaiah 9:2The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, on them has the light shined.
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(To turn darkness into light  (commission to Paul) – Acts 26:18 Acts 26:18To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
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The armor of light – Romans 13:12 Romans 13:12The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
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Children of light – Ephesians 5: 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.


Sons of light – 1 Thessalonians 5:4-7 1 Thessalonians 5:4-7 [4] But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. [5] You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. [6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. [7] For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
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Conspicuous Life of Christ in God’s Children


Luke 11: 33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. 34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. 35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. 36 If thy whole body, therefore, be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.


Light of the Gospel – To be passed on by humans assigned to do so -
2 Corinthians 4: 6 For 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. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.


Conclusion:


God, His Light (which is the REAL Light), His Way, and the opposite are related …


1 John 1: 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.


8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

What should most distinguish us from the rest of this world?


"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God" (Luke 4:4 Luke 4:4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
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"By this, all will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another" (John 13:35 John 13:35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
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"And by this, we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit [that] He has given us" (1 John 3:24 1 John 3:24And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he stays in us, by the Spirit which he has given us.
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Our lives are to be examples of obedience to all of God's Way reflecting the Spirit of God (His “Heart”) dwelling in us.


How does Jesus expect His Church to relate to the rest of the world?


"As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world" (John 17:18 John 17:18As you have sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
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"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you ..." (Matthew 28:19-20 Matthew 28:19-20 [19] Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.
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Besides setting the example of how God wants people to live, the Church must be actively teaching and explaining God's ways to those who are willing to listen. The public spreading of the gospel is usually the responsibility of individuals ordained and specially trained to effectively communicate Christ's message to public audiences.


Ephesians 6:18-20 Ephesians 6:18-20 [18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; [19] And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, [20] For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
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Paul, for example, asked members of the church in Ephesus to request God's assistance "with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit ... that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak".


Paul had a very visible public ministry, but he also treasured and solicited the Church brethren's prayers and support. In this way, they worked together to accomplish the mission God has given His Church.


Today the members of God's Church are no different. Those who have God's Spirit working in them are eager to be examples of God's way of life and to do their part in helping send the true gospel of Jesus Christ to all peoples.


There was even a time when the members spread the Gospel of the Kingdom …
Acts 8:1-4 Acts 8:1-4 [1] And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. [2] And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. [3] As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. [4] Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
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(NKJV)1 Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial and made great lamentation over him. 3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. 4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching [G2097 εὐαγγελίζω euaggelizō yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo From G2095 and G32; to announce good news (“evangelize”) especially the gospel:—declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).] the word.


CLOSE: 


God expects us to be examples to the people of the world.


Philippians 2:14-16 Philippians 2:14-16 [14] Do all things without murmurings and disputings: [15] That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the middle of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world; [16] Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
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Paul tells us, "Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights [GK - phostare "illuminator" or it can mean "luminary" or even "stars." ] in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain".


1 Peter 2: 9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.


Matthew 5:14-16 Matthew 5:14-16 [14] You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. [15] Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all that are in the house. [16] Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
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You are the Light [G5457 φῶς phōs foce From an obsoleteφάω phaō (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays; compare G5316 and G5346); luminousness (in the widest application, natural or artificial, abstract or concrete, literal or figurative):—fire, light.] (same word used for Christ as “light” of the world.) of the World (now).


God IS Light, and there is NO darkness in Him. He is surrounded by Light.


That’s part of what HE is “like”. WE will be LIKE Him and see Him as He is …


At the beginning of the Recreation …in Genesis 1,
God declared His Plan for His Creation to be the SAME as He IS.
He INTENDS for HIS Creation to LET …there be Light. He does NOT force it!


It is our Calling, and we DO this revealing of God’s Plan both by Living God’s Way, and desiring with all our existence to see “all men saved,
and come to the Knowledge of the Truth”.


Men resist the Light.
Let us NOT be like mankind


Let’s not rebel and resist
God’s Approach to His Plan …


LET there BE Light!!!