“Let there be light” is a part of the opening declaration of our Heavenly father, giving us some understanding of who, He is. As we begin with this statement there is so much to draw from it. While travelling to Sri Lanka, a number of the ministries we work and labour with on that beautiful Island, call me the “Genesis man” as they say I return back to Genesis especially chapter 1 so many times in my ministry. My only defense is, if I require one that Genesis is the seed-bed of all Gods working, that within creation all the themes and workings of God are there in seed from.
I must admit I love Genesis 1 greatly, it sends a buzz through me, as I read and consider, it comes alive as I read the explosion of life and vegetation, I feel the exhilaration of the Father as he spoke and it happened. “…Wham..bam..wow…bang…” feel the joy of the creation, the Holy Spirits’ joy, the manifestation of “…the Kingdom of God is…righteousness, peace and joy…” so the creation is full of joy! Recently I saw a different slant on the Hebrew word for OBEY which is actually is to “keep intact” I think that is magnificent. It opens up a whole other facet of obedience, keeping in tact! I must not get way laid into that avenue at present may be another time but to look at the declarations of God in the “Let there be’s” of Genesis 1 as being the father speaking and in order to “keep in tact” with the declaration, it was. Genesis becomes a canvas of “keeping in tact” the word, the spoken word of God, and the obedience to a declared utterance from the Father.
Genesis opens up with God, nothing more nothing less than God, for there was a time when there was God, there was no sound, actually no expression of God. Genesis 1 heralds the first expression of God to us for out of…?…?…?…?, I am lost for words, out of where? You see we are challenged, with our vocabulary, to communicate accurately the actual fullness of truth. We are tempted to say that God, out of nothing, created, but we cannot do that, as there was nothing seen but everything was in an unseen condition, in God himself. God had not given expression to himself prior to that time. Creation opens up the expression of his love, we say in John 3:16 “God so loved the world he sent his Son”, in other words the Christ is the expression of his love. Into time came the first sound a “…let…” the first expression in a seen dimension and this expression was the word, the first sound was the word of God the Son! That is why he is the center of the Fathers attraction; His goal to fill all things with is Christ. It is said in Hebrews’ that God is happy to dwell in bodily form in the Christ, as he is the first expression of God. The expression of the Father had so much of his essence that it exploded into being and created, and all change came about! Everything is measured by Christ, in us and in all we do, he has become the “horizon” the very line of God for all things. Not our business of church or our activity by how much of this first expression, the word, the Christ is found in all our endeavours and lives.
This same expression is towards us today, his Son the word of God is here, he has been given to us, and with Him, the same ability to change things, the same expressions of transformation, God has invested in the people of God today. The scripture encourages us come boldly to God, and become the expression of God, speaking and expressing him, according to his will.
More than this, truly what I wanted to write about is what happened when “…let there be light…” was expressed! Things changed, darkness became altered as light made its impact. Unfortunately for us light has become an object, it is a bright orb in the sky – the sun; it’s a bulb hanging in the middle of a room, lamps along roadways, a hand-held torch or just a simple candle – light has become an object. Let me first say here, that we are dealing with not just light, but the very essence of God himself, as I read and understand God has two essences, light and love, and both are given to us. We are to love one another “that the world might know” and we are to become “the light on the hill” (Matt 5) we are to become the extension of the essence of God in our world as we Restore it and bring it back to gods original intent, along with all of creation and the cosmos.
The Light that is introduced to us here is not an object, interestingly, the sun and moon had not yet been created as the objects of light, but here light is the very nature of God coming forth and making the changes and advances. Sun and moon came three days later in the creative order, creation returns to this light filled setting in Revelation 21, 22 when the light once again is not dependent on an object but on a presence. So if the objects of light had not yet come, what are we dealing with here is “ a condition”, the condition, the being, the very nature, the very essence of God. Let there be light was the introduction of a condition and the condition was God.
Ever since this time, every dawning has been a re-enactment a reminder that the condition of God has come into the world. Have you noticed how better you feel following a sunny day, or how much in general people are happier having been in the sun. Some people suffer with a condition of depression if they do not get enough sun. it is a picture to us of a realty that the condition of God is anew day, the let there be light of dawn is a reminder that the condition of God has come to us.
Here is where the rubber meets the road, we have been given a gift of the love and light of God, we have become the sons of Light, people of the day, have we not, this light on the hill. We have been invaded with the condition of God, not a conditioning but the very nature of God. This condition that dwells in us is to dawn from us. Our task and goal is to take the condition of light into the places of our world and let the condition come. Practically how then, through our words, actions, love, character, etc.
The light is the condition of God that will fill all, this is the Christ of God, we are people of the light we are immersed, baptized into the condition of God until his light dwells in all.
Genesis 1 brings a condition into our vocabulary not just an object of light, dispelling the darkness is bringing the condition of the Father to our world, we are created to be creation, Genesis people dispersing the condition of God. If light dwells in us the condition of God dwells in us, is this not his image and likeness in us?