John 1:2-5 KJV
The same was at the beginning with God.  All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
My thinking brought me to know what Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. related “how by looking at nature, one can observe God is all-powerful, but creation does not necessarily reveal that He is an all-loving God of righteousness and justice.
There is only so much of God one can know from God’s creation. However, to know the essence of God as a triune Deity, one needs to receive His revelation by faith.
“Reality set in,” I didn’t clearly understand what my walk was about, nor did I fully understand what work Yahweh (God) was performing in me through Yeshua (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit.“
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
It is just with God to take the gospel and the means of grace, from those that slight them and thrust them away. Yeshua (Christ) will not stay long, where he is not welcome. Those who are without Christ are in the dark. They were sitting in this condition, a contented posture; they chose it rather than light; they were willingly ignorant.
When the gospel comes, a light comes; when it comes to any place when it comes to any soul, it makes day there. Light discovers and directs; so does the gospel. The doctrine of repentance is the right gospel doctrine.
The eye, which is the understanding (for some) the practical judgment, the conscience. Which is to the other faculties of the soul, as the eye is to the body, to guide and direct their motions now if this eye is single, if it makes a true and right judgment, and discern things that differ, especially in the great concern of laying up the treasure to choose aright in that.
It will rightly guide the affections and actions, which will all be full of the light of grace and comfort, but if this is evil and corrupt, and instead of leading the inferior powers, is led, and bribed, and biassed by them, if this is erroneous and misinformed. The heart and life are indeed full of darkness, and the whole conversation corrupt.
They that will not understand are said to walk in the darkness, Psalms 82:5. It is sad when the spirit of a man, that should be the candle of the Lord, is an ignis fatuus: when the leaders of the people, the leaders of the faculties, cause them to err, for then they that are led of them are destroyed, Isaiah 9:16.
An error in the practical judgment is fatal, it is that which calls evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20) therefore it concerns us to understand things aright, to get our eyes anointed with eye-salve.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
The following is the basis for the light of Yeshua (Jesus) to brightly shine through us, Yeshua (Jesus) gives eight characteristics, which represent the light of a Believer and follower of our Lord’s call and teachings.
- 1. The poor in spirit are happy. These bring their minds to their condition when it is a low condition. They are humble and lowly in their own eyes. They see their want, bewail their guilt, and thirst after a Redeemer. The kingdom of grace is of such; the kingdom of glory is for them.
- 2. Those that mourn are happy. That godly sorrow which worketh true repentance, watchfulness, a humble mind, and continual dependence for acceptance on the mercy of God in Yeshua (Christ Jesus), with constant seeking the Holy Spirit, to cleanse away the remaining evil, seems here to be intended. Heaven is the joy of our Lord; a mountain of joy, to which our way is through a vale of tears. Such mourners shall be comforted by their God.
- 3. The meek are happy. The meek are those who quietly submit to God; who can bear insult; are silent, or return a soft answer; who, in their patience, keep possession of their own souls, when they can scarcely keep possession of anything else. These meek ones are happy, even in this world. Meekness promotes wealth, comfort, and safety, even in this world.
- 4. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness are happy. Righteousness is here put for all spiritual blessings. These are purchased for us by the righteousness of Christ, confirmed by the faithfulness of God. Our desires for spiritual blessings must be earnest. Though all desires for grace are not grace, yet such a desire as this, is a desire of God’s own raising, and he will not forsake the work of his own hands.
- 5. The merciful are happy. We must not only bear our own afflictions patiently, but we must do all we can to help those who are in misery. We must have compassion on the souls of others, and help them; pity those who are in sin, and seek to snatch them as brands out of the burning.
- 6. The pure in heart are happy; for they shall see God. Here holiness and happiness are fully described and put together. The heart must be purified by faith and kept for God. Create in me such a clean heart, O God. None but the pure are capable of seeing God, nor would heaven be happiness to the impure. As God cannot endure looking upon their iniquity, so they cannot look upon his purity.
- 7. The peace-makers are happy. They love, and desire, and delight in peace; and study to be quiet. They keep the peace that it is not broken and recover it when it is broken. If the peace-makers are blessed, woe to the peace-breakers!
- 8. Those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake are happy. This saying is peculiar to Christianity; and it is more largely insisted upon than any of the rest. Yet there is nothing in our sufferings that can merit of God; but God will provide that those who lose for him, though life itself, shall not lose by him in the end. Blessed Yeshua (Jesus)! How different are thy maxims from those of men of this world! They call the proud happy and admire the gay, the rich, the powerful, and the victorious. May we find mercy from the Lord; may we be owned as his children, and inherit his kingdom. With these enjoyments and hopes, we may cheerfully welcome low or painful circumstances.
We must take heed of hypocrisy and worldly-mindedness in choosing the master we serve, Matthew 6:24. No man can serve two masters. Serving two masters is contrary to the single eye for the eye will be to the master’s hand, Psalms 123:1,2. Our Lord Jesus here exposes the cheat which those put upon their own souls, who think to divide between God and the world, to have a treasure on earth, and a treasure in heaven too, to please God and please men too. Why not? says the hypocrite it is good to have two strings to one’s bow. They hope to make their religion serve their secular interest, and so turn to account both ways. The pretending mother was for dividing the child the Samaritans will compound between God and idols. No, says Christ, “this will not do it is but a supposition that gain is godliness,” 1 Timothy 6:5.
The following definition is important for individuals to recognize and understand. They will find in one important aspect of their lives, they are servants. Modern-day individuals want to believe they live lives of freedom. This definition is important to discern, understand, and accept. The Merriam Webster dictionary identifies modern-day servants:
- one that serves othersa public servant especially: one that performs duties about the person or home of a master or personal employer
Here is the duty of servants. The apostle had spoken before of church-relations, here of our family-relations. Servants are here said to be under the yoke, which denotes both subjection and labour; they are yoked to work, not to be idle.
If Christianity finds servants under the yoke, it continues them under it; for the gospel does not cancel the obligations any lie under either by the law of nature or by mutual consent.
They must respect their masters, count them worthy of all honour (because they are their masters), of all the respect, observance, compliance, and obedience, that are justly expected from servants to their masters.
Not that they were to think that of them which they were not; but as their masters, they must count them worthy of all that honour which was fit for them to receive, that the name of God is not blasphemed.
If servants that embraced the Christian religion should grow insolent and disobedient to their masters, the doctrine of Yeshua (Christ) would be reflected on for their sakes, as if it had made men worse livers than they had been before they received the gospel.
Observe, If the professors of religion misbehave themselves, the name of God and his doctrine are in danger of being blasphemed by those who seek occasion to speak evil of that worthy name by which we are called. And this is a good reason why we should all conduct ourselves well, that we may prevent the occasion which many seek, and will be very apt to lay hold of, to speak ill of religion for our sakes.
Or suppose the master were a Christian, and a believer, and the servant a believer too, would not this excuse him, because in Christ there is neither bond nor free? No, by no means, for Yeshua (Jesus Christ) did not come to dissolve the bond of civil relation, but to strengthen it.
Those that have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren; for this brotherhood relates only to spiritual privileges, not to any outward dignity or advantage (those misunderstood and abuse their religion who make it a pretence for denying the duties that they owe to their relations).
Nay, rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved. They must think themselves the more obliged to serve them because the faith and love that bespeak men Christians oblige them to do good; and that is all wherein their service consists.
In all of this, we have found “The Power Of Yeshua’s Light.” As well as how to share it so others are exposed to it. Blessings to all who have an eye to see the light.
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing His bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending danger within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as His “Modern Day Disciples.”
“Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength.” (Isaiah 26:3-4)