Spiritual Darkness and Light Col 1:13 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
This lesson is about spiritual darkness and light. Before a man gets saved he walks in darkness – the way of the wicked is as darkness [Prov 4:19] – those who leave the paths of uprightness walk in darkness [Prov 2:13] – and they love the darkness because their deeds are evil [Jn 3:19].
When their lives on earth end, they are cast out into “outer” darkness [Matt 8:12, Matt 22:13, Matt 25:30] because they rejected the light of Jesus who is their only way out of darkness [Jn 12:35, 46] – the fallen angels are in chains of darkness [2 Pet 2:4] and in chains under darkness [Jude 6] – and in Jude 13 we find that they’ll have the blackness of darkness for ever – notice in Rev 16:10 that the kingdom of the beast will be full of darkness at some time during the Tribulation [Ezek 32:7-8].
So, in salvation [Acts 26:20] we are turned from darkness to light and from Satan [the ruler of darkness Eph 6:12] to God [1 Jn 1:5 God is light, and in him is no darkness at all] – he delivers us from the power of darkness and translates us into the kingdom of his dear Son [Col 1:13] – he called us out of darkness and into his marvelous light 1 Pet 2:9 – therefore, as he made the light to shine out of darkness in Gen 1:3 so he shines in our hearts [2 Cor 4:6-7].
According to 1 Thes 5:5 we are children of the light and of the day and not of the night and of darkness – so, we are to walk as children of light [Eph 5:8] and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them [Eph 5:11] – as light has no communion with darkness even so we are to have no fellowship with unrighteousness [2 Cor 6:14].
The danger for Christians is that we can be tempted by the devil to go back into darkness – the devil himself is transformed into an angel of light [2 Cor 11:14] and he has ministers who are transformed as the ministers of righteousness [2 Cor 11:15] – therefore, many professing Christians today have been fooled into accepting darkness for light – like Is 5:20 says, “Woe to them that put darkness for light and light for darkness” – what’s happened is that the ministers of the devil have “caught the eyes” of some believers and so their eyes are no longer single and their bodies are full of darkness [Lk 11:34-36].
Conclusion: If you are saved, then take heed to what the Lord said and be sure that the light in you is not darkness – the light of the words of God will help you understand this for sure [Ps 119:130]. If you are not saved, you are in darkness no matter how enlightened you feel and you are headed for an eternity of darkness – receive Jesus Christ so that he can translate you from the power of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son.