These last few days, I have been re-reading the biblical account of creation from the book of Genesis due to a prompting from a friend of mine. I must say that re-reading this account of creation while actively looking for a revelation of Jesus Christ in the story has changed everything! (After all, it was really written about Him anyway.) What I am seeing of Christ is astounding. He is our dividing light of separation!
As I have pondered anew the details of how the Lord created the heavens and the earth, the role and purpose that ‘light’ has in creation has astounded me. Of all the times that I have read this passage in my life, I never saw the purpose of ‘light’ quite like this before. Right there in the scripture, however, is the explanation of the purpose of ‘light’.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night…” (Gen. 1:1-5, NASB, emphasis mine)
Take note that God created the heavens and the earth *before* light entered the creation. It was dark before the light came. When the Lord said “Let there be light”, the light broke into the created realm. This ‘light’, however, did not originate from the sun, moon, or stars because they had not yet been created. This light was coming from another place entirely and was now shining into the created realm!
Before the light had broke into the created realm, there was only darkness. After light entered the creation, however, there was now separation. Light was now able to be ‘separated’ from the darkness. The gathering of light was called ‘day’ and the absence of light (darkness) was called night. It took the entrance of ‘light’ to cause the separation between the two. This same process is repeated later when God creates the physical sources of light like the sun, moon, and stars:
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night…and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night;…God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness;…” (Gen. 1:14-18, NASB, emphasis mine)
Again we can see that one of the major purposes of light is to separate light from darkness, day from night. Let me encourage you to re-read these passages and take careful note of the word ‘separate’.
As I mentioned earlier, this sheds some important ‘light’ (pun intended) on the nature of the person of Jesus Christ. As Jesus Himself said, all the scriptures were written about Him. From that understanding alone, we can come to the conclusion that this account of creation is a picture of Him. With that said, however, let me add that ‘light’ is specifically mentioned as a description of the person of Jesus Christ. Amazingly, when Jesus Christ is mentioned as the light in the New Testament, it again brings up this ‘separation’ or division between light and darkness:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the ‘Light’ of men. The ‘Light’ shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it…
There was the true ‘Light’ which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God…” (John 1:1-5, 9-12, NASB, emphasis mine)
From this passage, we can clearly see that this ‘true Light’ is Jesus Christ. He is the light that shines into the darkness. We can also see from this passage that the ‘darkness’ is identified as well. The ‘darkness’ are those who ‘were His own’. Simply put, it was the religious group of people that had the identity of being God’s people. Before Christ came to His people, they were one people in many regards. When He came, however, the separation began. Those who received Him were separated from those who didn’t. Consider this statement made by Jesus:
Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of His household. (Matt. 10:34-36, NASB)
Again, we can see the work of ‘light’ here. The work of ‘light’ is to divide light from darkness by revealing what is darkness. When we have a revelation of light (Christ), we then can see darkness for what it is. The economic and religious systems of mankind (Babylon) are seen as ‘darkness’ only when the ‘light’ of Christ is revealed. As Christ is revealed, however, the separation from those dark systems must begin. Consider this plea to the Bride of Christ about separating from the dark religious & economic systems of mankind (Babylon):
I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; (Rev.18:4, NASB)
So what about unity? Doesn’t the Lord want unity among His people?
Christ achieves unity, however, by ‘separating’ the light from the darkness. The theme of exodus is a continual theme throughout the scriptures. The light (those in Christ) are gathered together out of the darkness (systems of man). The work of separation occurs simply because the light is. As the light is gathered together out of the darkness, there will be unity in the light. Light will never be unified with darkness, however. Light, by its very nature, must be separate from darkness. That which is light will cling to the light, and that which is darkness will be separate from the light into darkness. There is a great expanse between light and darkness.
Separation As A State Of Being
I’d like to conclude by encouraging you to embrace your new identity as an agent of separation. Please don’t misunderstand me…I’m not talking about being an agent of separation by any action of your own flesh, I’m talking about you being an agent of separation simply because you are an expression of Christ’s light.
Dear saints, the more you find your voice and express the light and nature of Christ, the more you will be hated. Like Jesus, you will be hated by ‘your own’ who claim to be the Lord’s people. There will be division and separation by default. This has occurred one hundred percent of the time throughout history. Nothing has changed. You don’t have to ‘do’ anything to cause this division. Light, by its very nature causes this division. Embrace it and be encouraged. This division must occur until this separation of light from darkness has reached its fulfillment. When that day / age comes, there will only be light. There will be no more darkness, and no more night. Consider this description of the house / city of God:
And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; (Rev. 21:23-26, NASB)
For the Light,
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