In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. (Genesis 1:1–5)
By these verses, we are convinced that God created the heavens and the earth. They were created perfectly because of His inherent perfection. Obviously, something happened between verses one and two; sin crept into God’s created order through Lucifer’s rebellion and marred God’s perfect universe. Nevertheless, God was not deterred, nor did He abandon His creation; rather, we see the Spirit of God hovering over the formless void of those deep waters of darkness, brooding over them with the anticipation of what His spoken Word would accomplish just as He had planned before the chaos was brought to bear upon His perfect work. Then God said in the very midst of chaos, “’Let there be light’; and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).Something happened! God’s spoken Word brought forth light, and thus a permanent division between His light and the darkness; “and He called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night” (Genesis 1:5).
In John’s Gospel, we find a reference to the Creation in Genesis 1. John draws a parallel between the awesomeness of that natural but perfect creation and that of the Spirit! He tells us that the Word (Jesus) was in the beginning with God and was and is, Himself, God, that “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:3-5). John tells us that just as sin and its darkness were unable to alter God’s plans and take over His creation, He who spoke the universe into existence from nothing and performed miraculous feats beyond all possibilities, was now coming into the world as one like us, but Savior, Light and Life giver. As God did in the natural creation, He has done again, making a division between light and darkness. Christ, the Life and Light, would not be confounded nor overcome by this present darkness but bring a necessary separation!
His Light always overcomes the darkness! The apostle put this amazing work in laymen’s terms. He tells us that Jesus Christ, the Life, is the light of men! This is the same Life which God has in Himself and has given to us through Jesus Christ. The life of Christ brings God’s knowledge, understanding, and overcoming power to every believer. John goes on to say, “And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:5).Darkness, sin, evil will never overcome the Light!The Life, the Light of God, can never be overcome by darkness, evil! Genesis 1 is the first grade for all believers. It teaches us that light is superior to darkness in every case! When the Word of God was spoken, His light came forth with such illuminating brilliance that the darkness was forever separated from it. By the power of His Life and Light, we are able to overcome every temptation and live out this other world-reality in these days of stress and satanic duress! Paul says to believers in our day, “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Ephesians 5:11). There are no exceptions to this command!
The problems of 2020 and 2021 have no power to negate or overcome the Word of God expressed through His Christ nor those who have placed their faith in Him! More than 20 centuries have not been able to nullify what God has spoken through Him, and if we should wait twenty centuries more or a thousand millennia, His Word would remain safe and trustworthy.
Living in the Light,Pastor Don