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Summary: He that rejects me and does not receive the light of truth(God's word) will be judged by that same word in the last day. Those that know the light but decided to rebel against the light will be judged greatly as well.

PEOPLE THAT REBEL AGAINST

THE LIGHT

“There are those who rebel against the light; they do not know its ways nor abide in its paths." (Job 24:13)

God is the Creator of the world and of every person in it; "The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein"(Psalm 24:1). As such, He deserves our worship and total obedience to His instructions, which is being imparted into our lives through His Light. "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth" (1 John 1:5-6).

He relates to mankind through His varying degrees of light - Light of truth, Light of mercy, light of knowledge, Light of Holiness, Light of wisdom, Light of Knowledge, Light of understanding etc. Those that will embrace these lights must obey Him and avoid darkness. Every man has a reflection of God's light in our life, though we don't recognize it. It is the light of God's mercy that spared our lives till this moment.

Light has a sovereignty in it, resistance of the light is rebellion against it. God has given it to be a display of Himself, for God is light; and He has clothed it with a measure of His majesty and power of judgment. Rebellion against light has in it a high degree of sin. It might be virtue to rebel against darkness, but what shall be said of those who withstand the light? resisting truth, holiness, and knowledge?

It is wickedness to reject and rebel against the light of God. "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king." (1 Samuel 15:23).

We cannot be said to rebel against any thing except it has power and authority over us, a man may oppose and contend with his equal, but he cannot be said to rebel against his equal; we rebel only against those that are above us.

It is rebellion when a child opposes his father; and a servant opposes his master because fathers and masters have authority over their children and servants. All rebellion is the breaking of the bands of subjection and this happens when light is being rebelled against, because light of heavenly truth is invested with all power and authority over us; it has a power to lift up and a power to humble/cast down. it has a power to convince and a power to comfort; it has a power to kill and a power to make alive.

THE LIGHT OF DIVINE TRUTH

As the Sun gives light to the eye, or outward man, the spirit of truth gives light by the word to the inner man. When God sends His word to people, He sends light to illuminate their dark minds and embrace the truth. Christ is the light of the world, His word is light as well.

1. Light is pure and beautiful, and it cannot be defiled; so is truth. Though many people have attempted to corrupt the truth and word of God, yet the truth remains incorruptible forever and ever. Its beauty is not faded neither is its purity stained, by all the filth of false doctrine which has been cast into into the face of it, from the beginning of the world onto this day.

2. Light is pleasant and delightful (Ecclesiastes 11:7).Truth is sweet, and it is a pleasant thing to behold and receive the light of divine revelations and ravish the soul and fill it with unspeakable delights. Truth is suitable and pleasant to the understanding, encompassing with great delights; "Unless your law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction". (Psalm 119:92), "Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet your commandments are my delights."(Psalm 119:143). David's trouble were over balanced and conquered by his delights in the law, and all his delights and contentment were centered in the law. That light was so much his delight that it overcome all worldly darkness, and did even extinguish all his worldly lights.

3. Light has heat in it, and is accompanied with influences. All living creatures are cherished and refreshed with the heat while non living things(Stones, Gems and minerals) are concocted and refined with the warmth and virtue of it. So is truth; the light of the word carries heat and influences with it, to warm the heart and comfort if, to concoct the grossness of man's mind and sublimate it into an heavenly purity." And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight"(Luke 24:31)

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James Dina

commented on Jan 15, 2021

Some people know the light but decided to rebel against the light. God's light has shined on them yet they rebel against God, the father of all lights. Judgement awaits them on the last day.

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