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LIGHT. To the ancient mind light was a holy thing, and the Scriptures associate it with God. He dwells in light ( Exodus 24:10 , 1 Timothy 6:16 ); He is clothed with light ( Psalms 104:2 ); He is light, and in Him is no darkness at all ( 1 John 1:5 ); His glory is the effulgence of His light ( Revelation 21:23 ). Cf. the ancient Greek Evening Hymn rendered by Keble: ‘Hail, gladdening Light, of His pure glory poured,’ etc. Hence Jesus, God Incarnate, is called ‘the Light of the world’ ( John 1:4-5; John 1:9; John 18:12 ), ‘an effulgence of the glory of God’ ( Hebrews 1:3 ); and salvation is defined as walking in His light and being enlightened by it ( John 8:12; John 12:36; John 12:38 , 1Jn 1:7 , 2 Corinthians 4:6 , Ephesians 5:8; Ephesians 5:14 , 1 Thessalonians 5:5 , 1 Peter 2:3 ). And Christians as His representatives and witnesses are the light of the world ( Matthew 5:14; Matthew 5:16 , Philippians 2:15 ). On the contrary, a godless life is darkness ( John 3:10; John 8:12; John 12:46 , 1 John 2:11 ).

David Smith.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Light'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/l/light.html. 1909.

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