In the Scriptures, Jesus Christ said, “I am the light of the world.”
Since He is the light, we should allow the radiance of His light to shine on every part of our lives, even to the deepest part of our individual hearts. We should let His light drive out every vestige of darkness – replacing our ignorance of God with the knowing of God, replacing our unawareness of God with a constant consciousness of God. Wherever His light is allowed to shine, it will brighten and guide all who bask in it.
The last thing we should do is cover up or obscure that Light. Yet we do many things that cover up and block out the Light of the world.
Some of us, for example, teach that Jesus did not come again when He and His apostles said He would. All over the world there are churches that teach a Second Coming that has been delayed hundreds and hundreds of years beyond the prophesied time frame. These same churches will cite the Bible as their source and yet it is those very Scriptures that make clear the Second Coming was to have occurred within the generation that the New Testament documents were written. How can we expect the world to believe in a Jesus who cannot tell time, who spoke misleadingly of His own Second Coming, and who prophesied falsely? Yet Jesus does understand time, did not speak misleadingly, and prophesied truthfully in every respect. He came when He said He would. No one saw it with physical eyes because He came again as God, and God is spirit. To teach otherwise is to cover His light and deprive the world of knowing how faithful He is to His promises.
Churches today have ample reason to deny that the Second Coming has been fulfilled as promised: they would lose members. The purpose of the church in the New Testament was to prepare believers for the coming of the kingdom of God. Shepherds were to keep watch over the flock of God in anticipation of that day. Once the Chief Shepherd came, the human shepherds were no longer needed and were to turn the flock, as well as themselves, over to Him. Many of these shepherds, however, became corrupt and sought to keep the disciples for themselves. From this spirit have been spawned the tens of thousands of church denominations we see today. The very existence of these divisions of Christianity testifies against them, that they are not God’s work. Yet Christianity itself is His work, if you deem Christianity to be devotion to Jesus Christ and nothing more. Churches today preach Him to some degree, but they mainly cover His Light by seeking devotion to themselves through rituals and programs.
Today’s churches proclaim faithfulness to Christ but they seek faithfulness to church, for if there is no faithfulness to church how will their bills be paid? Yet Christ said that giving to the hungry, the naked, the least of His brethren, equated to giving to Him – not giving to a church. Because in the generations that followed the apostles the church’s leaders were in error about the Second Coming, they thought erroneously about the nature of God and came up with the polytheistic concept of the trinity. Because they conceived that the Second Coming would be in the flesh and at some time in the future, they were forced into a conception of God that kept Jesus in suspended animation. Had they set their minds on the spirit instead of the flesh, as the apostle Paul had instructed, they would have understood that the difference between the Father and the Son was settled at the Second Coming. It’s this simple: God became flesh and lived as Jesus of Nazareth; He was raised from the dead, and at the Second Coming the resurrected Jesus resumed His place as God and Father. Simple…and sublime beyond measure.
The doctrine of the trinity may serve the church well but it does not serve the believer. The believer is far better served by knowing the truth that God Himself walked the earth as Jesus of Nazareth. That is, when you know Jesus, you know God – not just part of God. God did not give a mere one-third of Himself for the redemption of the world – He gave Himself completely. To deny the fullness of His sacrifice and the fullness of His Deity is to block His light and inhibit the intimacy He wants with every human being.
False, man-made doctrines cover the Light of the world. Don’t cover Him. See Him. Know Him. Adore Him. Serve Him.
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