"It is not everytime that I share a sermon (teaching note maybe) note, but I feel led, so i'm being obedient" Main Text: John 17: 11-19
s humans, we exist in three distinct beings, as a spirit-being, as a Soul (mind, will and emotion) and we have a Flesh (or aka Body). Human spirit is considered dead until it is rebirthed (see Romans 10: 9-10) and connects with the Holy Spirit – then a human is considered spiritually alive. Human soul is a vital link between the spirit and the body, and human body or flesh houses both the spirit and soul, and it is the gateway (through the senses) into our soul.
Light and Darkness, could be as literal as in Genesis 1: 4, when God spoke light into being, and separated light from darkness, and it could also seem metaphoric (not literal) but it is, only that it is functioning in an unseen state, meaning there is light and darkness in human soul (Lamentations 3: 1-3), and also light and darkness spiritually. Basically, when any of human’s nature is functioning apart from his/her creator (whether he/she believes in an intelligent design or not), then biblically that human is said to be in darkness, and darkness brings along with it different illusions and disillusions.
According to the Bible, there are TWO spiritual kingdoms (see Colossians 1:13), each has its own leader, and constitution. One is referred to as kingdom of Light, while the other is referred to as kingdom of Darkness.
Reference to Darkness: Col. 1: 13, John 12: 31, 14: 30 and 16: 11 Reference to Light: Acts 26:17-18, Eph. 5:8, 1 Pet.2:9
Satan the prince of the dominion of darkness, usurped the vacuum of authority given to man before the fall in the Garden of Eden (see God’s authority to man Genesis 1: 28), and created a spiritual kingdom along with the 1/3 of angels that fell from heaven with him. In Matthew 4, we see Satan try to exercise his usurped authority with Christ. John the Baptist, came proclaiming the birth of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 3: 1-2), and Jesus on many occasion confirmed that birth (see Matt.4:17, 6:10, among many others).
Spiritual Kingdoms (both Light and Darkness) influence our physical world, through our tripartite nature.
First, through human Five Senses (Seeing, Hearing, Talking, Touching and Smelling) information is passed into our Mind (Soul) for both processing (frontal lobe) and storing (hippocampus).
Secondly, based on the information we believe (broken down into worldviews – Atheism/agnostic, Pantheism, Polytheism, and Monotheism) and allow into our soul (mind, along with a willing emotion) we either believe in Godly principles as stated in the Bible or in the principles of the kingdom of darkness (through emotion or intellect that run contrary to God’s principles).
Thirdly, through an aggregation of humans with either Godly principle or Worldly principles then form and run institutions through which our world is influenced, such as Family, Education, Government, Religion, Economic/Business, Arts/Entertainment, Media. If you observe closely, there are Godly and worldly version of each of these institutions.
When we believe and operate the principles of the kingdom of Darkness then we belong or are in Darkness spiritually (John 3:19), when we believe and function by Godly or Biblical principles then we belong to the kingdom of Light.
Kingdom of Light: No human being is light unto himself/herself (definitely not based on any human effort), it is only when we have the Light living in and through us, that we illuminate our world - see John 1: 1-9, John 9: 5, John 12: 46
When we accept Christ, and connects with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8: 6), we now have The Light in us, as we die to ourselves and live only through the Light in us (Galatians 2:20) – His Words and leading of the Holy Spirit, our light shines very bright that it automatically dispenses darkness, and people living in emotional and spiritual darkness are attracted to The Light in us (see John 12: 32).
There are numerous examples (both in the Old and the New Testaments, even contemporary world) of men and women, who allowed God to illuminate their world through them;
And lots more…
Rev. Billy Graham
Rev. Kenneth Haggin (deceased)
Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Prof. C.S. Lewis (deceased)
And lots more…
Here are similarities I found among both the Old and Contemporary saints that were (are) Light:
There is no doubt that the devil is still being allowed to run his usurped
kingdom, and he still influences many institutions (through humans) in our
generation, and God’s kingdom is also established here on earth through
humans like you and I, that have accepted Christ, voluntarily dies to self
and now live only through the Light that illuminate the world through us
Do you want The Light to illuminate Your this Dark World in/through You?
Let us Pray.
- Accept Christ as Lord and Savior (John 3: 16, Romans 10: 9-10)
- Chose to live only through the principle of His kingdom (John 14: 23-24)
- Die to Self and let Him live through you (Gal. 2: 20 and John 15: 1-8)