Let there be light
For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIVUK)
The Bible begins in Genesis with the creation of the universe and then moves on to God shaping and moulding the world. It says the earth was formless, empty and in darkness (Genesis 1:2). What then happened followed a pattern: days 1-3 focussed on God creating ‘spaces’; days 4-6 focussed on God filling in the created spaces.
Day 1: God said let there be light in the void of darkness.
Day 4: God said let there be light bearers: the sun, moon, and stars.
Day 2: God separates the waters to form the sky and oceans.
Day 5: the sky is filled with birds and the oceans with sea creatures
Day 3: dry land is formed and vegetation upon it.
Day 6: the land is filled with living creatures including Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve, as bridegroom and bride, were instructed to be fruitful and increase and fill the earth. After their fall their progeny descended in a downward spiral into evil and by the time of Noah the thoughts of their hearts were only evil all the time. (Genesis 6:5)
The opening scripture draws a parallel between the first day of creation and the new creation through Jesus Christ. God’s solution to the world’s problems is to send spiritual light into a world in spiritual darkness, in the form of Jesus Christ, the second Adam. God also sends the Holy Spirit to shine spiritual light into the void and darkness of the natural human heart and mind thereby forming his church. In this new spiritual creation the light bearers are now Jesus, and the church comprising Spirit-led Christians.
The Bible ends where, in the last chapters of Revelation, the second Adam marries his bride, the church. The result of this union is that there will be no more tears or death or mourning or crying or pain. (Revelation 21:4)
In the last chapter of Revelation there is a wedding invitation from both the bridegroom, through the Spirit, and the bride: “ The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17 (NIVUK). This invitation is the Gospel message in a nutshell, and is sent out to all humanity.
Father, we thank you that by grace you created the universe and offer us all eternal life with you, through Jesus Christ. Amen
Study by Eddie Marsh
About the writer:
Eddie Marsh attends the Sheffield congregation of Grace Communion International.
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