In the Dark or In the Light?
Written by Pastor Robb Long   

In the beginning, God said, “Let there be light” and there was light.  Since that time, we have had the blessing of this most essential gift from the Creator.  Light enables us to see, and it gives color

to our world.  The more light there is, the clearer is our vision, and the more colorful things appear.  In the absence of light, everything becomes shadowy and gray, until it disappears in complete darkness.


Among the many things light enables us to see is God’s Word, the Bible.  In the natural light of the sun, or under a lamp, the words of Scripture appear before us on the Bible’s page.  And as long as we have enough light, we can physically read what the Bible says.  But take away the light, and reading becomes impossible.


But if natural light is all we have when we read God’s Word, we will still be “in the dark” when we read.   Let me explain.  The Bible is a spiritual book, and, according to Scripture, “spiritual things are spiritually discerned.”  Consequently, when reading the Bible, a spiritual light must shine upon the Word that is just as real, and necessary, as the natural light through which we can see the words.  Given this truth, no one should venture to read the Bible without spiritual light, any more than one would sit in a dark room and expect to see the physical things in the room.


So, this begs some questions.  What is the source of spiritual light, which can shine on the Scriptures, bringing color, and depth, and meaning to the Word?  What can make the printed Word “visible” to more than just the natural eye?”  What can make God’s Word apparent to our mind’s eye?


The Bible says, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.  Psalm 119:130.  This verse contains an amazing principle when you think about it.  According to Scripture, the source of spiritual light is God’s Word itself.  In other words, the Bible illuminates the Bible.  Books about the Bible, or commentaries on the Scriptures, as interesting as they may be, are not the source of spiritual illumination.  Nothing from the mind of man contains spiritual light.  Only Bible verses can shed spiritual light on other Bible verses.  And when they do, the results are truly amazing!


This is why we say that “Scripture must be its own interpreter.”  When you read just one verse of Scripture on a given topic, such as the Second Coming of Christ, you will have a very shadowy understanding of the topic initially.  With only one verse to go on, you’re reading in very dim spiritual light.  But when you find another verse on the same topic, you bring more spiritual light to bear.  If you find yet another verse related to the Second Coming, you have even more light to “see” by.   And  if you gather dozens of verses on the topic at hand, letting each verse shed light on the others, you will begin to see the Scriptures becoming clearer and clearer—like you are reading in the light of the noonday sun. In these accumulated beams of spiritual light, beautiful gems emerge from Scripture that will thrill your heart with “colors” they contain.  Things you couldn’t see before will become visible as your mind is flooded with the light of truth.


I am convinced that this is a major reason many people, including many Christians, aren’t reading the Bible more.  No one likes to read in the dark.  It’s difficult at best, and painful at worst.  But, unfortunately, this is the experience of many.  A single verse of Scripture is read, and conjecture is made as to its meaning.  In this approach, little spiritual revelation comes, because other verses, which would bring understanding, are not brought in.  The reader remains “in the dark” regarding things that would bless the soul, if they could only “be seen.”


In Isaiah 28:9, the Bible asks the question, “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?”  The answer in verse 10 is, those to whom Bible study takes the form of “precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”


Have you been reading the Bible in the dark?  Why not get a good Concordance with Bible words and topics, gather up as many verses as you can on a given word or topic, read them all together, and be amazed by the spiritual revelation you receive as the Holy Spirit brings the truth to light in beautiful colors and hues.  The Bible can become a book that you can’t put down!


And if you’ve already made this life-changing discovery, why not share this concept with someone who is “in the dark.”  They will thank you, and God, who has “called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.”  1 Peter 2:9.




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