Darkness is the absence of light. When light enters into the darkness it illuminates in the darkness. The Bible says that Darkness was “on the face of the deep” prior to creation. What this means is that all was darkness. The earth was “without form and void”, which means that the earth was not made and was not in existence. We know that light is energy and cannot be destroyed. It can however, change into matter. The Bible says that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. God’s energy creates matter. He created the natural realm by forming matter into the darkness.
The Bible also says that God spoke into the darkness and then light appeared. When God speaks from the spiritual realm then action occurs according to God’s command. The natural realm responds and performs the creating by natural occurrences. This principal is the same in other areas of darkness, such as sin, which is the absence of godliness. God is sinless. He has no darkness and therefore he has no sin.
When sin entered the world, the only way to have God’s light was to have it contained in the Holy of Holies in the Ark of the Covenant under the Old Testament and the sacrificial system or through the cleansing of the blood sacrifice for sin and the born again experience. Again the light is in a contained situation, for now. God’s light is in his people. We are now the light to the world.
Sinful humanity walks in darkness. All nature is under sin until God creates a new heaven and earth. This is why Jesus took on a body. God became flesh and dwelt among us. The human body of Jesus contained the light of God and that is why he said, “I am the light of the world” and again “while I am with you, you have the light”.
Sin lives in the darkness; a life without the light of God. Scriptures say that those in sin rebel against the light. They don’t like it. Why? This is simply because the light reveals to them their sin. With the conscience seared, sinful humanity can justify sin. This is why the light is needed to expose sin, so that the sinner sees sin for what it really is. God’s truth brings light. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. He is the illuminator of sin. In other words the Holy Spirit reveals the sin as the darkness that it really is.
The Bible says that men are stumbling around in darkness and do not know where they are going. They are headed for an eternity in outer darkness away from all light and they do not realize this. God’s judgment is upon all sinners because they like the darkness and do not want to come to the light to have their deeds exposed. But those who are drawn by the Holy Spirit and come to the light to see their sin for the darkness that it is, will find out that their sins can be forgiven, through Jesus Christ.
Those who belong to God have renounced the hidden things of darkness and walk in the light. This means that the light in them, God’s light, reveals sin on a constant base and as they are confessed they are forgiven. Confession brings sin to the light. Scriptures tell us that “he who hides his sin will not prosper but he who confesses his sin will have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13
The Greek word for light is Phos which means to make manifest. To illuminate, make known, reveal. According to Acts 26:18, Jesus came to turn sinners from darkness to light.
In the old testament YHWY is Israel’s light which makes known his laws “O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.” Isaiah 2:5
In the New Testament, “walking in the light” means to follow Jesus, who said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” John 8:12
When we walk in the light as God is in the light then we have relationship with him and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. 1John 1:7
Jesus said that he was the light of life. In other words, Jesus is ZOE, a God given Christ like life which is eternal. Walk in the light as he is in the light!
“Can anyone hide in the secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. Jer 23:24
Jer 16:17 “My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.”
John 3:19-21 “This is the judgment: that light has entered the world, and men have preferred darkness to light because their deeds were evil. Everybody who does wrong hates the light and keeps away from it, for fear his deeds may be exposed. But everybody who is living by the truth will come to the light to make it plain that all he has done has been done through God.”
Ps 90:8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
Job 12:22 He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light.
Job 28:11 [God] … brings hidden things to light.
Dan 2:22 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
1 Cor 4:5b He will bring into the light of day all that at present is hidden in darkness, and he will expose the secret motives of men’s hearts.
Luke 18:13- “But the tax collector stood at a distance… and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man… went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Acts 19:18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.
1 Tim 5:20 Those [elders] who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that others may take warning.
Rom 13:12 The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon; let us give up the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light.
2 Cor 4:2,6 ) We have renounced secret and shameful ways… For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
Eph 5:8-14a once you were “darkness”, but now as Christians you are “light”. Live then as children of the light.
2 Sam 22:29 you are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
Ps 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Mat 5:14-16 “You are the world’s light; it is impossible to hide a town built on top of a hill. Men do not light a lamp and put it under a bucket. They put it on a lampstand, and it gives light for everybody in the house.”
Pr 4:18-19 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
John 8:12b “I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark; he will have the light of life.”
John 1:5 The light still shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.
Dan 12:3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.