Let Your Light so Shine (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

One of the very first places that we can inspire and bless people is in our homes, and to recognize the spiritual light that is in one other in our own families. As an example: In my house I am the dad, however my two children also know me as their brother, because God is our Father. This understanding alone has opened wonderful moments in our family’s relationship. Sometimes our conversation becomes so open and exciting that it causes me to be thrilled with complete thankfulness that we have allowed God into our lives.

My wife, my helper and companion is also my sister in God’s household, and this understanding has made it possible for us to become and stay the best of friends. Still, I would also like to point out that not every moment is like living in paradise, we are only human and we certainly have our share of ups and downs. We do not float around on clouds reading and thinking about the Scriptures at every moment because there is this thing that keeps popping up called life. Nevertheless, I still would not change anything, because overall we as a family have worked very hard to build our relationship with God and with each other.

One of the greatest gifts that God has ever given to men and women who believe is spiritual light. With this light, the eyes of our spiritual understanding begin opening to the life that Jesus called the more abundant life, for it is eternal life (I John 5:10-12). Jesus Christ made this life available to us by sacrificing his own life. As we personally come to know and experience Jesus Christ who dwells in our hearts (Colossians 1:27), and who resides within every fiber of our beings (Colossians 3:4), the greater the experience of “the more abundant life” becomes. John 10:10 says “I am come that they {believers} might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The word “might” in the Greek Text is the word for “may” and the meaning is that we have Jesus’ permission to enjoy the more abundant life. This is the very reason and purpose why Jesus Christ came in the first place, so that we may experience the abundant life, which is not just an abundant life, but – life – MORE ABUNDANTLY!

John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

“The light of life” is the necessary spiritual light needed to enjoy life more abundantly. How do we get the words of Jesus off the pages of the Bible, and begin applying them in practical living? In Ephesians 2:10 we read, “For we are his {God’s} workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” The word “should” is an interesting word because God is not demanding that we practice works of any kind, rather this is a loving request from our heavenly Father. God designed the “good works” from the beginning. He, being the Creator of life, has given to us the blueprint for living life in the way He designed it, and the blueprint is His Word. His Word contains all things that pertain to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3-4). When and where we try to apply Scripture we will experience the true goodness that God placed in His healing Word. Following Jesus for instance is one of those good works; in fact, it is a wonderful work because in doing so we will recognize that we have access into “the light of life.” The guidance of Scripture is always requesting that we follow Jesus Christ, for he is the way, the truth, and the life to the Father (John 14:6, Hebrews 12:1-2).

Ephesians 5:14 – Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light (see, Isaiah 60:1).

When we became saved, we are spiritually awakened to a new life with Christ: this is the meaning of “arise from the dead.” In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Jesus did not say to pray for more light, or to struggle through life trying to keep it burning. Rather he said “let” and the reason for this is that we already have light and we are encouraged to allow this light to shine by enjoying the “good works” which shows us that we have the “light of life.” (The Amplified Bible translates “good works” to say: [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].)

Jesus Said, I Am . . . The Truth. . .

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus said in the Gospel of John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth . . . no man cometh unto the Father, but by {through} me.” Jesus is not only the way to the Father but he also is the truth. Today we will be looking at the word “truth” in the Bible to gain a greater understanding of what the truth really is, and what it means to the individual believer.

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work {God’s creativity} is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

First, it certainly is a blessing to know who “the Rock” really is. God is from everlasting to everlasting and He is always here for His people. One of the ways that God manifested His truth to His people was in giving His Son to the world (John 3:16), so that people could see the love of God in manifestation. Jesus said “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9), because God was in Christ reconciling the world (I Corinthians 5:19). The word “judgment” relates to the ways of God, for He is the eternal judge in matters of the human heart, showing man what is spiritually “just and right.”

“Judgment” means to bring matters to the rule of right, to administer justice, to recompense justice to the wronged (some of which will be dealt with in the last day). Anyone who becomes saved receives from the right hand of God His divine acquittal and a right to their spiritual inheritance that God in Christ gives. This is why God is the “God of truth” for He is truly “just and right” in all His ways, which are always perfect.

Psalm 100:5 – For the LORD is good; his mercy {as the righteous judge} is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

The word “good” in the Hebrew Text is the word for great and is correctly translated in Psalms 95:3 “for the LORD is a great God.” God’s loving mercy is to us everlasting, just as His truth is everlasting even to our generation thousands of years after the great God began revealing Himself to humanity through His Prophets. His final legacy was of course to send Jesus Christ who is the truth and way that reveals the Father of lights.

This is why Jesus could say “If ye continue in my word, then ye are my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Jesus made God’s Word his own (as we can), and he spoke God’s Word (as we can), and he lived it (as we can), this is why he is called in the Scriptures “the truth.” What is truth? God is, His Word is, and Jesus Christ is.

Proverbs 12:17a He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: . . .

Psalm 119:30 – I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid {set} before me.

When we speak the truth, the healing Word of God will show and radiate righteousness to others. It is a joy and a privilege to be given such wonderful knowledge and understanding, healing and comfort, to really know that we have chosen the way of truth, and to understand and receive the righteous judgments of our God.  And to receive Christ within is a heavenly privilege and it is our God-given rightful honor to “set” these wonderful blessings before our own lives and to others.

John 17:17 – Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.

“Sanctify” means that we are set apart for heaven, through or by means of having the truth within our hearts, because we have Christ within. “Thy word is truth,” for God cannot be separated from His Word, which is truth, any more than we can be separated from our words. Jesus Christ cannot be separated from the truth of God’s Word, because he was, is, and will always be the way and the truth, for he continues showing us how to approach the Father and enjoy His presence.