Thursday, January 06, 2011

Charles Spurgeon stated,
When the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual light, and opens our eyes to behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, we behold sin in its true colours, and ourselves in our real position; we see the Most Holy God as He reveals Himself, the plan of mercy as He propounds it, and the world to come as the Word describes it.

Spiritual light has many beams and prismatic colours, but whether they be knowledge, joy, holiness, or life, all are divinely good. If the light received be thus good, what must the essential light be, and how glorious must be the place where He reveals Himself. O Lord, since light is so good, give us more of it, and more of Thyself, the true light....

Light and darkness have no communion; God has divided them, let us not confound them....

In judgment, in action, in hearing, in teaching, in association, we must discern between the precious and the vile, and maintain the great distinction which the Lord made upon the world's first day. O Lord Jesus, be Thou our light throughout the whole of this day, for Thy light is the light of men.
 (Spurgeon, Charles.  Morning and Evening Daily Readings.)

Not only did God create light separate from darkness, He also made man different from angels.  Though a common belief is when we die and depart from this earth we become angels, scripture tells otherwise.

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  (Genesis 1:1.  ESV.)

So, there is reason to believe angels were part of "the heavens" on the first day of creation.  Now, I do not desire to go into the different types of angels, however I have been thinking a lot lately about how man receives God's grace and forgiveness of sin yet angels do not!  And, I cannot help feeling thankful I am a human and not an angel.  Though I wonder if angels do not receive forgiveness because they have no excuse.  They are messengers of God Himself.  How can one doubt or sin in the very presence of God?  But, I am easily deceived so again I return to being grateful for who and where I am.

Spurgeon goes on to say,
If the Lord has given you light, dear reader, He looks on that light with peculiar interest; for not only is it dear to Him as His own handiwork, but because it is like Himself, for "He is light."... He never loses sight of the treasure which He has placed in our earthen vessels.

Sometimes we cannot see the light, but God always sees the light, and that is much better than our seeing it....

It is very comfortable for me to know that I am one of God's people - but whether I know it or not, if the Lord knows it, I am still safe. This is the foundation, "The Lord knoweth them that are His." You may be sighing and groaning because of inbred sin, and mourning over your darkness, yet the Lord sees "light" in your heart, for He has put it there, and all the cloudiness and gloom of your soul cannot conceal your light from His gracious eye. You may have sunk low in despondency, and even despair; but if your soul has any longing towards Christ, and if you are seeking to rest in His finished work, God sees the "light." He not only sees it, but He also preserves it in you. "I, the Lord, do keep it." This is a precious thought to those who, after anxious watching and guarding of themselves, feel their own powerlessness to do so. The light thus preserved by His grace, He will one day develop into the splendour of noonday, and the fulness of glory. The light within is the dawn of the eternal day.

What a blessing it is to be His forgiven.
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