"Let Us Walk In The Light Of The Lord"
This must be a very important admonition, for it is one which is given repeatedly (Cf. Matt. 5:14-16; John 8:12; Eph. 5:5-16; I John 1:5-9).
WHAT IS THE LIGHT OF THE LORD? Without question, all men by nature have the light of conscience, for which they are responsible (John 1:9; Rom. -20; -15). But "the light of the Lord" is the light of special grace given to the "house of Jacob" in regeneration and conversion. The light of the Lord is Christ himself, by whom the triune God is revealed (John ,18), the gospel of God's free grace in Christ (II Cor. 4:5-6), the Holy Scriptures (Psa. 119:105), the revealed will of God (Prov. 3:5-6), the Spirit of God (I Cor. ), and the example of Christ (I Pet. ). This is the light God has given us. These many rays of light all shine from Christ, the Sun of Righteousness. They never contradict one another, or shine apart from one another. It is our responsibility to walk in the light God has given. But -
HOW CAN I WALK IN THE LIGHT OF THE LORD? I do not have all the answers. But I do know these things: If I would walk in the light of the Lord, I must own and acknowledge that Christ is my Lord...I must believe the light he gives...I must obey my Lord, following the direction of his light...I must pattern my life after his example...And I must persevere to the end, walking in the light of the Lord. Christ is the Light of the world; and all who live by faith in him "walk in the light of the Lord." "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day (Prov. ).
WHY MUST WE WALK IN THE LIGHT OF THE LORD? He is the only true light. Reason makes guesses. Feelings are deceiving. Custom changes. Only the light of the Lord is absolute. In his light our hearts find rest and peace. The light of the Lord gives our minds wisdom, direction, and discernment. In his light our souls find satisfaction. What can be so satisfying to the soul as the light of God's purpose, providence, propitiation, and promise? It is by walking in the light of the Lord that the sons of Jacob (redeemed sinners) have fellowship with God and one another. God has given us light. "Let us walk in the light of the Lord."