Let There Be Light

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. —Genesis 1:1–4

One rather startling fact about the first day of creation is usually overlooked, and that concerns when God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. However, a careful reading of Genesis shows that God did not create the sun, moon, and stars until the fourth day. So there was light without the sun! This observation is particularly interesting in light of several other passages in Scripture. First John 1:5 says, “This is the message which we have heard from Him [Jesus] and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” Revelation 21:23 says of the city of heaven, “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” John 8:12 states, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’ ”

This makes clear that in creation there was light without luminaries, and this could be true only because God is light. Since Jesus said He is the light of the world, then doesn’t this logically mean He was declaring that He is God? I am always amazed that some alleged Christians say Jesus never claimed to be God. From Genesis to Revelation, that fact is woven throughout Scripture time and again. From Jesus as the Creator of all things as mentioned in Colossians 1:15–16 to the light references mentioned above, the Bible continually proclaims the Trinity, or “Tri-unity,” of God. The Father is light, the Son is light, and the Spirit is light, and there is no need for other lights. Could we not then arrive at two conclusions from this one great truth of the Trinity? First, the God of the Bible is the only light we need, and second, the God of the Bible is the only light there is!

The Bible is a book that records the whole of time and life as we know it. From beginning to end, the message of man’s sin and God’s offer of salvation are woven throughout it. The Bible is the book on how to get to heaven and maintains there is but one way. Jesus is the only illumination we need! The Bible declares it from beginning to end.

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BARRY STAGNER

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