Summary: “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. “(2 Corinthians 4:6NIV)
The Great Truth about Life, Pursuit, Purpose and providence Part-1
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. “(2 Corinthians 4:6NIV)
In all human minds by nature of fallen state, there is deep ignorance of God, of His Law, and His requirements. According to Scripture, all people are born dead in sin “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins” (Eph 2:1). This simply means that, as a result of the fall, people are born being spiritually dead and are hostile to God (Rom. 8:7 “For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will.” and unable to understand to spiritual things “Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.”(1 Corinthians 1:21). It means human can do nothing spiritual or redemptive without spiritual rebirth. The entrance requirement for God's kingdom is a new birth. It's in the Bible, (John 3:3, NKJV). "Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Eternal life begins at the moment of spiritual rebirth.
To be born again or “regenerated” is to start a new spiritual life, one that is from God rather than from a human parent. So bible says in John 3:36, when we receive Christ, we are reborn. John 1:12-13. Spiritual rebirth means dying to your old life. Romans 7:4. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17) Rebirth involves new knowledge, new habits, new activities, new loves, and new awareness of the Lord. When we are born again, God "shines in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6)
Have you ever wondered why our modern, affluent, educated, technologically advanced 21st century is the search for peace? Why people and nations cannot live together in peace? World leaders search for peace. Religious people pray for peace. Conferences are held to promote peace. Yet the sobering daily reality for millions of people around the world remains: hatred, strife, violence, war, anxiety, misery and suffering! It is a global problem of darkness. Bible says "Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil," (John 3; 19) Bible says "the way of peace they have not known" (Romans 3:17). Paul was quoting the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, who wrote: "They have made themselves crooked paths; whoever takes that way shall not know peace" (Isaiah 59:8). Jesus said that human beings do not know the way to peace because, "the things that make for your peace… they are hidden from your eyes" (Luke 19:42). Scripture reveals that human beings, seeking peace by following their own reasoning, are actually blinded from understanding the true way to peace! Yet that knowledge—of the true way to peace and the real cause of war and strife—is readily available to us if we have eyes to see.
Scripture clearly indicates that “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined." (Matthew 4:16) This is quoted from Isaiah 9:2, sitting in darkness express a greater degree of spiritual blindness they were growing more ignorant and sinful. The region and shadow of death - These words are amazingly descriptive. A region of death - Death's country, where, in a peculiar manner, Death lived, reigned, and triumphed, subjecting all the people to his sway. The inhabitants , who sat or "walked", as in Isaiah; that is, continued in spiritual darkness, in ignorance, blindness, error, and infidelity, "saw great light"; Christ himself, who came a light into the world; A life without God is a faded image, lacking color or life. Our heart is always long for a living God, To deny our longing for Him is to deny who we are in essence.
In Sanskrit a prayer from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is an ancient prayer from India, This ancient, non-sectarian prayer from the Upanishads is not a prayer for things but the deepest pursuit of human heart which reflects the deep desire of the human heart. The prayer goes like this:
Asatoma Sat Gamaya
Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityorma Amritam Gamaya
“Lead me from the unreal to the real!
Lead me from darkness to light!
Lead me from death to immortality!”