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Light and Darkness

(symbolic). The Bible uses both terms not only in a physical sense (e.g., Gn 1) but also metaphorically or symbolically. It refers to God as Light, the Source of light, or as dwelling in light (Ps 27:1; 104:2; 1 Ti 6:16; Ja 1:17; 1 Jn 1:5; Rv 21:23). Christ is called “the Light of the world” (Jn 1:4–9; 8:12; 9:5; 12:35–36, 46). The Word of God, esp. the Gospel, is given to man to serve him as a light unto salvation (Ps 119:105, 130; Pr 6:23; Is 8:20; Mt 4:16; 2 Ptr 1:19). All believers are to function as lights in the world (Mt 5:14–16; Lk 16:8; Eph 5:8; Ph 2:15; 1 Th 5:5; 1 Ptr 2:9). “Light” figuratively designates holiness and purity (Pr 6:23; Is 5:20; Ro 13:12), spiritual illumination (2 Co 4:6; Eph 5:14), the heavenly state (Is 60:19–20; Cl 1:12; Rv 21:23; 22:5).

“Darkness” is opposed to “light” (Jn 3:19–21; 12:35–36; Acts 26:18; Eph 5:8), esp. in reference to ignorance and spiritual blindness (Is 9:2; Jn 1:5; 1 Jn 1:6; 2:8), powers of evil (Lk 22:53; Eph 6:12; Cl 1:13; 1 Th 5:5; Rv 16:10), love of sin (Ro 13:12), sphere of evil deeds (Eph 5:11), despair and misery of the lost in hell (Mt 8:12; 22:13; 25:30), sorrow and distress (Jl 2:2). JMW


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