Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #44
Posted: May 6, 2005

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

The text before us, II Corinthians 4:3-6, deals with the great subjects of Light and Darkness.  In verses 3 and 4 we are confronted with Darkness and verses 5 and 6 speak of Light.  The great positional ‘In Christ’ phrase is in verse 6 where Paul says, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”.

Paul speaks in verse 3 of a ‘hidden gospel’.  The word ‘hid’ means to conceal, to cover, and to keep a secret.  This hiding is from the lost.  Unless God uncovers and reveals the gospel to fallen man, he will never be saved. 

In verse 4 we are confronted with the ‘operations of darkness’.   We see here the orchestrator of darkness.  Paul tells us that the god of this world, (the devil) is in the blinding business.  He stops the light of the gospel of Christ from shining into hearts.  Satan goes after the mind.  God goes after the heart.  The god of this world provides man with plenty of flawed options for his mind to think upon.  Napoleon said, “Men will believe almost anything as long as it is not in the Bible”.  “Ever since our first parents ate of the tree of knowledge the human mind has been susceptible to error.  Satan always goes after the mind.  He is a brilliant deceiver and the father of lies”. (John Phillips)

When God says, ‘Let there be light’ Satan must step aside and the light of salvation will cause an eternal birth from above.  John said, And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not”.  The light is not a thing or a substance, but a person.  Christ said, “I am the light of the world”.  When Christ steps into the heart of man, Satan’s power is stopped and the heart is flooded with light. 

What kind of preaching will cause the lost who walk in darkness to come into the light?  In verse 5 Paul tells us, ‘it is preaching that makes us small, God big.  It is preaching that makes us nothing and Him everything’.  Paul said, For we preach not ourselves…”  Oh, Lord let me realize the results of preaching do not depend upon me.  Paul said, We preach Christ Jesus the Lord…” or literally Jesus as God.  My, what a big gospel.

Paul said, ‘we preach ourselves as your servants’.  The word ‘servant’ is a bond slave.  It is one who is a willing servant.  It is also one who is a table waiter who cleans up the messes of others.  When we preach ourselves as less than nothing and Him as more than everything, we will be flooded with light. 

Paul tells us in verse 6, ‘salvation begins when God steps into the heart’ and says, ‘Let there be light’.  This light Paul says brings the knowledge of the glory of God’.  The word ‘glory’ means the apparent, weighty presence of God that causes one to praise and worship Him. 

Paul tells us that our position in Christ allows us to look into the lovely face of our Lord.  Before the tribulation men will beg the mountains to fall on them and hide them from His face.  At the Great White Throne, the heavens and the earth will flee from His face.  When we the redeemed look into His face, we will see the glorious, penetrating look of His love.  Face to face I shall behold Him, Face to face in all His glory, I shall see Him by and by!

I heard the voice of Jesus say, I am this dark world’s light; look unto me, thy morn shall rise, and all thy days be bright.  I looked to Jesus and I found in Him my star, my sun; and in that light of life I’ll walk, till traveling days are done”. (Ironside)  Oh, by the way, have you seen the glory of God in the face of Jesus lately?

 

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