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Darkness Is Bondage; Light Is Freedom

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Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
(Ephesians 5:7-10 ESV)


Yesterday God warned His children not to engage in the same activities as those who are not His children. Only those who have been born-again by repenting of their sins and accepting Jesus’ death as necessary and complete for the payment of those sins are God’s children [John 1:12-13]. Everyone else is not. As we have been learning recently, those who are not God’s children make poor choices in life. Their lives are controlled by sin.

This is how God’s children used to be. At one time [we] were darkness, but now [we] are light. This is the reason (for) why we should not engage in these sinful practices any longer. We are no longer what we were.

Notice that God does not say we were in darkness and now are in light. He says we were darkness and are now light. This is very interesting.

If we stop to think about what it means to be darkness it isn’t pretty. Darkness is our enemy. It hides reality and increases the chance of harm. None of us would drive down an unlit street at night with our headlights off. We wouldn’t be able to tell where the road turns or what might be in front of us. Darkness is dangerous.

When people don’t know God they are darkness – they hide reality from the people around them and, hence, are dangerous. Such people are enemies of God [Colossians 1:21] and are also the enemies of mankind. This is why God has warned us not to become partners with them.

But when a person is born-again we become light. Light illuminates. Light is helpful. Light allows us to see reality and it keeps us from harm. What a contrast. People who don’t know God are harmful to the world. People who do know God are beneficial.

Sadly, the world thinks just the opposite. Governments and anti-Christian organizations believe that the Bible (i.e. Jesus) takes away freedom. False. Darkness is bondage. Light provides freedom. No one can look at world events over the past few decades and claim that, as we have removed Jesus from our lives, the world is getting better. The evidence is overwhelmingly to the contrary.

When we remove Jesus we take away our freedom because we plunge ourselves into darkness. We take away our ability to see reality and as a result, make bad decisions based on faulty theories (e.g. global warming).

God is light [John 8:12; 1 John 1:5]. The only way a person can be light to others is to be in the Lord. Conversely, anyone who does not know God is darkness: dangerous and harmful to the world.

Comments? Questions? I’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me about this post.

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