There are three places in the Bible where it speaks, specifically, of the Beginning. In all three of these Scriptures, it also speaks of Light; identifies the Light; and speaks to the significance of the Light for those who are in Christ Jesus; and those who will, drawn by irresistible grace, eventually express belief in Him. Since my main purpose is evangelism, I thought it might be good and useful to write a short account of these particular Scriptures, in regard to their value when witnessing to people.
Scripture references from the King James Version: Scripture in italics.
Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And 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. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
1 John 1:1-5 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the Word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life , which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message that we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LIGHT
God is Light! He is the Luminary that brings understanding and reason to all things, both good and bad. The light in Genesis 1 is not the Luminary of God spoken of in John 1 and 1 John 1. Rather, it is the light of the sun which God spoke into existence; the presence of which illumines the day; and the absence of which causes night. Humankind, in our fallen state because of the sin of Adam, tend to do most evil things, such as murder, and theft, and sexual immorality, in the absence of daylight, under the (supposed) cover of darkness.
Jesus Christ is the Life that is the Light of men. He lights (Gives life to) everyone who comes into the world (John 1:9). Every one of us needs to study everything that the Bible says about Jesus; and everything that He says in his teaching of the disciples, and the multitudes, not only for our own edification; but in order to be effective in our teaching (disciplining) of others.
THE TESTIMONY OF THE APOSTLES
These are the fellows that knew Jesus in the flesh! They had heard Him! They had touched Him! John’s testimony is that they (the apostles) touched the Word of Life. How could John possibly be more explicit? Read how John puts it for us in 1 John 1:1: (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we write these things unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
JESUS’ DISCOURSE ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LIGHT
(John 3:14-21) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth in him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
A SUMMARY OF WHAT WE’VE LEARNED
Light and life come from our Creator, Jesus Christ (John 1:3,4)! If we would be saved, and become partakers of the Light and Life that is our Lord Jesus Christ, we must, believe in Him, come to Him, and call on Him to save us! God the Father’s eternal purpose, is to save all who come in repentance to Him; and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, by grace through faith.
From a sinner saved by God’s irresistible grace,