(Ephesians 5:8-13) “8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit[a] is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”
Paul liked to describe the life before Christ as darkness and the life in Christ as light. He wrote about evil deeds done in the darkness and how they are exposed by the light. He exhorted the Romans to “cast off the works of darkness, and…put on the armor of light” (13:12).
And from where does that light come? It comes from God. I Corinthians 4:6: “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.”
John wrote about walking in God’s light in his first epistle (1:5-9): “5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to 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 practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
And isn’t it interesting that “walking in the light as He is in the light” causes us to have fellowship with one another? Walk in unity – putting aside our own interests for the good of the fellowship. Walk in love – selfless concern for the good of others. Now walk in light – having fellowship, a harmonious relationship, one with another. See how all these exhortations are leading us in the same direction – not only proper relationship with God, but also proper relationship with one another.
John goes on to write in the next chapter (2:9-11): “9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
Walk in light – avoiding the kind of self-serving deeds that hide in the darkness and cause conflict among us.
~ Matt Kinnell
NHIM Board Chairman