Functions of the Light In a Believer:
Functions of the light in a believer are numerous to mention but we’re going to look at some of them. It’s important to state that the functions of the Light in a believer make the believer to have unique life. Therefore, anyone who claims to be a believer and doesn’t reflect the functions of life isn’t a believer. Below are some of the functions of the Light in a believer.
To instill in them the True Light:
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”
Anyone that has accepted Jesus Christ receives life from Him and as a result the life he receives produces light. This is statement is because the life is the source of light. In that, “In him (Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:4). So the life of Jesus Christ in one’s recreated human spirit at the new birth generates light. This light shines in the life of such a person throughout the period of one’s existence. That is as long as the individual remains in union with Christ. People keep receiving this light as often as they accept Jesus into their lives.
This implies that all children of the Kingdom are light carriers. And by virtue of this, they shine wherever they go, and darkness can never be able to comprehend their existence. How they live and what makes them do the things they do, remains a mystery to the powers of darkness.
Functions of Light in a Believer of God’s Word:
The Children of the Kingdom of the Light are special species. This is because they are born according to the Word of God. For this purpose, the light functions in their life to deliver and implement the purpose and plan of God. To explain this, Peter said, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of god” (1Peter 1:23). These children are born spiritually through God’s living and enduring Word. They are to demonstrate that kind of life that is truly lived and practiced in God. This means that they are born again by God’s Word to replicate God’s character here on earth. They interpret the power of God on the earth.
“I will also make you a light for the Gentiles that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
The Light was superimposed on the darkness and it caused the darkness to vanish from the face of the earth. In the same manner the children of the Light should superimpose themselves on all the elements of darkness on earth. This statement is very important because they are carriers of light and must shine it.
To Establish Them as the Object of Light:
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
One of the reasons the Light shines in men is to make them the object through which the world sees the Light. Nobody knows the Light by himself. But through the light carriers sinners in darkness come to realize and believe in the existence of the light. This is done by not following the steps of a warped and crooked generation that does not know God. The character they put on and exhibit will identify them as the children of Light. And will distinguish them from the people who are in darkness.
The Light makes them gods over other gods:
“So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords.”
1 Corinthians 8:4-5
The presence of the light in them creates a consciousness in them of the potency of the Light. The Light gives them a complete assurance that there is no power that is, except the Light. Since the Light which was able to conquer darkness is in them, this awareness uplifts their spirits to stand on a better pedestal over any power. Therefore, any other thing that claims to be god or power is highly ignored by them. The life in them indicates that there is no other god except the Almighty God.
To Make Them Greater than Any Other Power:
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4
The Light that shines in them continuously reminds them of who they are. It reminds them that they are the Children of the Light and that they belong to God. With this awareness, there is complete assurance that the one who is in them is greater than the one who is in the world. This makes them invariably greater than any force or power that is in the world. Considering that there has been no power that has been able to overpower or outwit the Light. There is no way any power can attack and subdue them.
It Functions to Give Them Authority:
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
When light shines any operation that is done in the darkness ceases to be. So when the children of the Light appear, all the powers of darkness are incapacitated. This is possible because they can only be active in the presence of darkness. The children of the Light have power to trample on every force that lifts their head up in opposition to the power of the Light; and nothing can harm them.
The Light Makes Them More than Conquerors:
“No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
The Light makes the Children of God to become more than conquerors. What this implies is that they are not conquerors but more than conquerors. In other words, they have passed the level of conquering. In that case, no power dares to challenge them, because the light in them creates awareness to the surroundings that they are a peculiar people who have already been made victors. The implication is that any invading force should keep off.
They Become the Likeness of the Light:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
As Children of the Light, they are made to replicate the Light and to do what the Light did. They are made to function in the same way the Light functioned. They show the world that they are really carrying the Light by doing what the Light did in the lives of people. Also they do extraordinary things that are not common among men, because they possess supernatural power. Therefore they become supernatural themselves and superimpose themselves on the natural forces.
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen; it will be done for them.”
The quotation above shows the power that is inherent in the children of God. It shows that there is no situation that is insurmountable as far as they are concerned. The words of their mouth signify authority.
They become Agents of Development:
“So that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.”
As the gospel of the Light spreads to places where there is darkness, it brings forth development. Given that the operation of darkness in the lives of people makes their abilities and destinies to be buried underground. Such operation of darkness impedes the manifestation of these divinely installed abilities in people. What this means in essence is that darkness prevents development. But we praise God that the arrival of gospel in different places of the world, has induced the development of physical structures and institutions that can aid to enhance the living standard of people.
The gospel has been associated with the development of educational and health centers, and administrative structures in so many countries. This includes even places where the gospel is not fully embraced. The implication is that the development from gospel knows no barriers because it cuts across all races and lands. As God allows rain to fall upon the land of good and evil people alike, so also the good from gospel is not restricted only to the people who believe.
To Make Them Healers:
“They will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
Somehow, it would just be right to say that sickness is a product of sin. And sin is traceable to the father of sin who is the devil. So as a result the children of the Kingdom are given the authority to heal all manner of sicknesses. It is done by the laying on of their hands on the sick. This is what God can do through His children, and it is as it pleases Him.
This means that one cannot manipulate God to do anything in as much as He does not want to do so. To lay hands on a sick person to pray for him/her to be healed of his/her sickness is the duty of the children of the Kingdom. But healing the person is the duty of God. So when one lays hand and nothing happens to the sick person it doesn’t mean that one is not anointed. Therefore, one should not be ashamed of that, because it is not his duty to heal.
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