11: Is There Light?
Posted: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014Print
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God set lights in the heavens for ruling, and Heaven does indeed rule. This series looks at the deeper meanings and roles of LIGHT and its affect on our world, our lives and our destinies.
(Reading Revelation 1:12 – 2:7)
Jesus in His white-haired glory, feet aflame, and eyes “like flaming fire” spoke to the church at Ephesus by the fierceness of a double-edged sword.
His face was as the sun shining in all its brilliance. “Yet I hold this against you. You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”
Is there Light and Love here?
The first correction of the church is addressed to all ages and all churches. To groups who meet in Jesus’ name and all individuals who claim Him Lord, the first correction being the foundational issue.
The first and foremost issue of the church is whether JESUS CHRIST is the “first love.” First love. Above all other loves. Idolatries discarded. Substitutes cast away, and Jesus, the priority, the pursuit, the focus. The passion of affection…and therefore, the center of attention.
Light is given where Christ is the centrality and the first place of Love. Love brings Light. Love calls for Light. Love and Light are one. Where there is no Love – or pale love – for Christ, then there is no Light.
The Savior in His kingly splendor, sets the clear condition for the presence of Light, and it’s not the seeking of truth, or right doings. The essential for possessing Light is loving the Lord. When that is abandoned or neglected, Light is removed from the church.
The question of any church is this: do you have Light? In the smallest gathering and the largest meeting, is there Light? Truth is not enough. Doctrine is insufficient. Works are not the issue.
The power of Truth to penetrate hearts is confined to the presence of Light.
Is there Light in your walk?
Always the question is: Do you manifest the Light?
Light will unveil mysteries and bestow conviction. Light will search the secret heart with the Word. Light penetrates where mere words cannot. Light purifies and cleanses through God’s truth.
The issue of validity, of reality is Light, because Light is the literal presence of the Blazing God. God IS Light and when He is in preeminence, Light in blazing power will be there. And God in Light is there only where His Son is the Beloved. God’s sanction on any gathering is manifested by Light, and His power is conditional on the presence of Light.
Light is bestowed in secret. It is given in private when the door of the single soul is open to it, where Light is sought and valued and Jesus is set as the first Love. The church is only church which meets together to love the Glorious Son.
Life is light and without Light, truth has no transforming life.
Is there Light in your life?
The crisis these days is not truth or knowledge. Spiritual information abounds. The crisis is the absence of light where truth is proclaimed. The lampstand and the flame have been removed because Christ is not the object of hearts nor the center of all purpose.
The question is: in your speaking, your doing your moving, your going for Christ, do you have the light of Christ with you? Oh, we must have His light or all is futile and unlasting. His Light is the power of the truth.
If there is no Love for the Son of Love, there will be a dark and empty center, the absence of the fire of His Light… If there be no Light, it is ever because there is no Love. Light is everything! And Light is the outward manifestation of the inward condition: loving Christ above all.
Copyright © 2004 Martha Kilpatrick, Heaven’s Rule