Children of Light #3

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

“While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them” (John 12:36 KJV).

Today’s Scripture is one of three instances of the expression “children of light” in the Bible. What is the significance of this title?

Isaiah the Prophet, 750 years before Christ, penned: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (9:2). Comparing verses, we realize this prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 4:12-15. Israel, particularly in the area of Galilee (north), was enlightened when Jesus’ earthly ministry began. As God the Son preached and taught Divine wisdom, expounding Old Testament concepts and expanding on them, He was driving out spiritual ignorance and thus weakening Satan’s power over Israel.

The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Peter commented in 1 Peter 2:9: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;….” While most Israelites refused to hear Messiah during His earthly ministry, a believing remnant did leave their apostate nation. They responded positively to God’s light, believing on His Son as the Christ: they passed from death to life, Satan to God, darkness to light. “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Messianic Jews became “children of light” by aligning with the one true God. Believing Jews and unbelieving Jews are compared and contrasted throughout 1 John (note especially 2:8,9,11).

Isaiah also saw in chapter 60, verse 2: “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” Messiah would come and enlighten Israel! Therefore, the Lord Jesus said in John 12:46: “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” Alas, most of Israel would prefer to “abide in darkness….”