Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Lamp of God

UV 2123/10000 The Lamp of God
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof
Revelation 21 v 23

The Lamb is the Lamp of God. Jesus being full of grace and truth Jesus, the Lamb of God outshines the sun and moon in His glory and holiness. He lights up the darkened minds, hearts and lives of all who believe in Him, trust and obey Him. The birth of Jesus marked a civilizational shift for humanity, great leap forward from darkness into ever increasing light till we find ourselves surrounded by the effulgence of His presence in heaven. It is true that men in all nations have sought and found meaning in lesser lights and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

The moment a person enters into a personal relationship with the Father, the Almighty through the agency of the blood of the Lamb that justifies or straightens our relationship with Him, he experiences the agape love of God. That becomes the starting point of his spiritual journey into truth, grace and the power of the Lord. The draw of the natural world keeps decreasing in its power to attract him. He begins to see everything in the light of the Lamb. He develops an entirely new and eternal perspective on all that happens to him. He recognizes that the sun and moon in their diurnal appearances and disappearances are only a reflection of the laws of the kingdom of God wherein the Lord Almighty has caused these mighty bodies to function in obedience to His covenant to rise and and set every single day as long as the planet exists. Likewise, the believer too needs to subject himself to the daily spiritual disciplines of the covenant- to pray, to worship, to meditate on His word, to fellowship with the Triune God and fellow beings united in faith.

The word “light” has in it the ingredients of our new life lit up by the Lamp of God- love, integrity, grace, happiness/holiness and truth. The love of Christ, the integrity or righteousness or a life based on biblical principles and precepts, grace or experiencing the power and enablement of the Lord in life’s most difficult and impossible situations as well as in daily routine, happiness/ holiness or pure joy of Christ that comes from being right with God and doing the right thing and a life of commitment to the truth. When our lives are ruled by these aspects or eternal rays of the Lamp of God, we are qualified to reign with Him. Our bodies become His living temple, His light fills our lives with power, strength and glory. Where we fall short of His glory, His love and grace fills the gaps.

Prateep V Philip

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