“God is light,” says 1 John 1:15. Light is a common metaphor in the Bible. Proverbs 4:18 symbolizes righteousness as the “morning sun.” Philippians 2:15 likens God’s children who are blameless and pure to shining stars in the sky. Jesus used light as a picture of good works: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds.
The fact that God is light sets up a natural contrast with darkness. If light is a metaphor for righteousness and goodness, then darkness signifies evil and sin. 1 John 1:6 says that “if we claim to have fellowship with God and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.“ Verse 5 says, God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all. We are not told that God is a light but that He is light. Light is part of His essence, as in love. The message is that God is completely unreserved, absolutely holy, with no admixture of sin, no taint of iniquity, and no hint of injustice.
If we do not have light, we do not know God. Those who know God, who walk with Him, are of the light and walk in the light. They are made partakers of God’s Divine nature, “having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
God is light, and so is His Son, Jersaud, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have light of life. To walk is to make progress. Therefore, we can infer through John 8:12 that Christ are meant to grow in holiness and to mature in faith as they follow Jesus. (2 Peter 3:18)
God is light, and it is His plan that believers shine forth His light, becoming more like Christ every day, “You are are children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness.”(1 Thessalonians 5:5) God is the creator of physical light as well as the Giver of Spiritual light by which is hidden in darkness; it shows things as the really are. To walk in the light means to know God, understand the trutgm and live in righteousness.
Believers in Christ must confess any darkness within themselves – their sins and transgressions – and allow God to shine His light through them.
Christians cannot sit idly by and watch others conduit the darkness is sin, knowing that those in darkness are destined for eternal separation from God. The light of the world desires to banish the darkness and bestow His wisdom in everything. In taking the light of the gospel to the world, we must by necessity reveal things about people that they would rather leave hidden. Light is uncomfortable to those accustomed to the dark. (John 3:20)
Jesus, the sinless Son of God, not the “true light” (John 1:9) As adopted sons and daughters of God, we are to reflect His light into a world of darkness by sin. Our goal is witnessing to the undated is “to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God.” (Acts 26:28)