The Mystery of Darkness
March 23, 2012
“ And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.”
The Bible reveals that
1 John 1:5“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all”
and also that, in the ages to come, there will be no more darkness. God promises twice that there shall be “no night there”
Revelation 21:25; 22:5Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there…………And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.in the very last references to night in the Bible.
Why, then, is there darkness, and where did it come from? God gives the answer:
Isaiah 45:6-7“so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God.I am the Lord, and there is no other. I create the light and make the darkness.I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.“
Light was always in and with God, but the darkness had to be created! And, it has a purpose, serving as a contrast to the light.
Men and women were created to love and have fellowship with their Creator, not as robots but in freedom. Darkness thus served as the choice that could be made against God and the light, for those so minded.
Satan and his hosts of fallen angels and wicked spirits have become “the rulers of the darkness of this world
Ephesians 6:12“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
The tragedy is that ever since Adam, men have “loved darkness rather than light, because their actions were evil”
John 3:19And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.
and so have been practicing “dark deeds“
Romans 13:12The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of
and deserving nothing but “the blackest darkness for ever”
Jude 13They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the foam of their shameful deeds. They are like wandering stars, doomed forever to blackest darkness.
But our Creator has become our Redeemer. He “called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light“paying the great price for our redemption on the cross.
1 Peter 2:9But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Colossians 1:13The Father “ has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,“
We are now free to enter into the eternal fellowship with God that He had planned before the world began.
Ephesians 5:11We should “ Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them”.