A MINISTRY OF LIGHT

After prescribing to the Church a ministry of salt, Christ immediately spoke of His followers as being “the light of the world” and proceeded to teach that, “A city on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven,” (Matt. 5:14-16 NRSV).

Just as Christ mediated the divine light of God to His disciples, His disciples were also beckoned to mediate Christ’s light into the world. The light possessed by the disciples can be compared to that of a lamp, which infers the presence of a pre-existing light source igniting the light of lamp; therefore, the light expressed by Christ’s disciples is not a light of man; rather, it is the light of God, ignited within man by Christ the divine lamp-lighter. The ontological residence of this light is referred to continuously throughout the Johannine corpus as within the personation of God’s Word, Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:4; 9; 3:19; 8:12; 9:5; 12:46). One can have this holy light by, as Jesus teaches, following Him and not walking in darkness (Jn. 8:12). Jesus is the brightest light, the original brightness of God, and the consuming fire which never dies.

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