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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
God: Is Light
Suppose the case of a cripple who had spent his life in a room where the sun was never seen. He has heard of its existence, he believes in it, and indeed, has seen enough of its light to give him high ideas of its glory. Wishing to see the sun, he is taken out at night into the streets of an illuminated city. At first he is delighted, dazzled; but after he has had time to reflect, he finds darkness spread amid the lights, and he asks, 'Is this the sun?' He is taken out under the tarry sky, and is enraptured; but, on reflection, finds that night covers the earth, and again asks, 'Is this the sun?' He is carried out some bright day at noontide, and no sooner does his eye open on the sky than all question is at an end. There is but one sun. His eye is content: it has seen its highest object, and feels that there is nothing brighter.
So with the soul: it enjoys all lights, yet amid those of art and nature, is still enquiring for something greater. But when it is led by the reconciling Christ into the presence of the Father, and he lifts up upon it the light of his countenance, all thought of anything greater disappears. As there is but one sun, so there is but one God. The soul which once discerns and knows him, feels that greater or brighter there is none, and that the only possibility of ever beholding more glory is by drawing nearer.: Rev. W. Arthur.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'God: Is Light'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/g/god-is-light.html. 1870.
the Week of Proper 22 / Ordinary 27