Separation: Light and Darkness

Light and darkness cannot have fellowship.

Would you like to grow closer to Jesus and lead the abundant life he has for you? You must understand who you are (identity) and who God is (theology). God’s Word teaches what we need to know. An important biblical concept is separation, the basis of holiness. One far-reaching theme God reveals is light separated from darkness. Learn how understanding the separation of light from darkness establishes who you are in Christ and shows you the nature of God.

Study three verses from the Bible and learn God’s plan for separating light from darkness in your life.

In the beginning of the Bible, after creating earth and light in Genesis 1:1-3, God SEPARATED the light from the darkness.

“God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:4)

The first time light came to earth, it was removed from the darkness. God’s creative power was not only able to separate but to continue to keep light and dark separated through all seasons and situations. God will help you maintain your separation from the darkness of evil and sin in this world as you journey with him. He does this through his Son, Jesus.

Jesus, your salvation, came to bring light to earth. The choice to follow Jesus means going into the light and leaving darkness behind.

“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.”” (John 8:12).

It is the grace of God that gives you the power to take up your cross and follow Jesus. And it is God’s keeping power that will not let anyone or anything take you away from him (John 10:29). How? He gives you wisdom to guide your behavior and the ability to obey.

 

So how will you stay in the light? What does God teach? The Bible uses the metaphor of a yoke to describe learning from another by walking closely with him. God’s Word describes who you should be yoked with to walk in the light. It also instructs whose yoke you should avoid. Connection is followed by separation. Separation determines direction. You will have to choose because you can’t go in two directions at once (Luke 16:13).

To whom should you be yoked? First, God calls those who are his to remain in the light by joining with others in the light. Jesus’ final discourse to his apostles taught the importance of unity among believers (John 17:20-23). Jesus knew that the power of his followers to live out his commandments would come from unity. By loving one another, believers will draw others to become disciples of Jesus (John 13:35). Jesus wants believers to walk together, be yoked together, as one.

Jesus also wants you to be yoked with him, to walk beside him so you will learn his ways (Matthew 11:29). You are to walk in one accord with Jesus and others who love and follow him. In this way, you stay in the light.

Can you walk in the light with Jesus and his followers and in the darkness at the same time? No, you can’t. So the final verse today is a warning about who NOT to join with, who to separate from.

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

God knows what’s best for you. He gives discernment to keep you in the light, separated from darkness. Pray for wisdom about who and what you need to separate from to walk in the light with Jesus.

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