Light shines in the darkness (2 Cor. 4:6)

“God said.

‘Let light shine

Out of darkness.’

God has shone

In our hearts

To give

The illuminated light

Of the knowledge

Of the glory of God

In the face of Christ.”

ὅτι ὁ Θεὸς ὁ εἰπών Ἐκ σκότους φῶς λάμψει, ὃς ἔλαμψεν ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν πρὸς φωτισμὸν τῆς γνώσεως τῆς δόξης τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐν προσώπῳ Χριστοῦ.

Paul indicated that God said (ὅτι ὁ Θεὸς ὁ εἰπών), “Let light shine (φῶς λάμψει) out of darkness (Ἐκ σκότους).”  God has shone (ὃς ἔλαμψεν) in our hearts (ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν) to give the illuminated light (πρὸς φωτισμὸν) of the knowledge (τῆς γνώσεως) of the glory of God (τῆς δόξης τοῦ Θεοῦ) in the face of Christ (ἐν προσώπῳ Χριστοῦ).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word φωτισμὸν, that means illumination, light, luster, or enlightenment.  Paul paraphrased Genesis, chapter 1:3, where “God said, ‘Let there be light.’  And there was light.  God saw that the light was good.  God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light day, and the darkness he called night.  And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”  God lit up the dark void of the waters.  Paul brought the glory of the first creation to a new glory of God, Jesus Christ, the second creation.  He tied this to his own conversion story.  He saw a blinding light in his conversion story as found in Acts, chapters 9:3 and 26:13.  “Suddenly (ἐξαίφνης) a great light (φῶς ἱκανὸν) from heaven (ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ) shone about him (περιαστράψαι περὶ ἐμέ).”  “A light (φῶς) from heaven above (οὐρανόθεν ὑπὲρ), with the brightness of the sun (τὴν λαμπρότητα τοῦ ἡλίου) shining around him (περιλάμψαν με).”  Those with him saw the light that was like a bright sun.  He was on his way to Damascus when he saw a great light.  The conquest of light over darkness is a religious motif that can be found in a number of religious beliefs.  God brought light from darkness.  The new light is Jesus Christ who brings us light from darkness.  Do you seek the light of Jesus Christ or the darkness of sin?

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