Darkness

<<absence of light>>

Light shines brighter in the darkness, and in fact dispels the darkness (Jn 1:5). Jesus as the light of the world conquers all spiritual darkness and oppression (which is a hallmark of Satan), setting free all who come to Him (Jn 8:12, 12:46; Col 1:13; 1 Thes 5:4). Paul’s ministry was to turn people from the darkness of sin and power of Satan to the light and freedom in God (Act 26:18).

Sinful man tries to walk and even hide in darkness, yet God sees through darkness (Ps 139:11,12; Prov 2:13-15, 4:19; Jn 3:19,20; 1 Jn 1:6). Before we were born-again we were 

 Live in the light with Jesus

stumbling along in spiritual darkness, not acknowledging the truth but now we are in the light ensure there is no darkness of sin lurking within whereby the devil can legitimately gain a foothold (Eph 4:27, 5:8,11; 1 Jn 2:11). As Christians we are to get rid of all the habits of darkness (the ways of the carnal old life) and walk in the radiant light of Christ for “What fellowship can light have with darkness?” (Rom 13:12,13; 2 Cor 6:14). As believers our struggle is against the powers of darkness in the world, yet with Jesus we are victorious (Eph 6:10-12). 

Even when we don’t know which way to go and ‘we’re in the dark’ trust in the Lord, the Light of the World (Isa 50:10).  

The eternal fate of the lost is also termed spiritual darkness (Mt 8:12, 22:13, 25:30).    

See also: blindness, hide/hidden, light, stumble/stumbling block.


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