I Am the Light
Light is essential for life to exist.
Without light plants, animals and man would be left in a
state of darkness. The spiritual aspect of man in his
fallen state exists in darkness. Jesus, the Light of the
World, brings light and life to the spiritual body of
Light was created before the plants
and animals because they needed light in order to live.
Light is needed not only to live but to see. In
actuality we don't really see anything anyway but a
reflection of light off another object. Fallen man is in
a state of darkness, unable to see his sins because
there is no light to reflect on them. That doesn't mean
the sins are not there, just that they need light to be
shed on them to be seen. Jesus, the Light of the World,
does just that, and a whole lot more. He lights the way
to eternal life. When one accepts Him, He fills that
person with light and creates a beacon through that
person to the rest of the world lost in darkness.
John 8:12 (KJV)
Then spake Jesus
again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he
that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall
have the light of life.
John 9:1-7 (KJV)
And as Jesus passed
by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin,
this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents:
but that the works of God should be made manifest in
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is
day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made
clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the
blind man with the clay, 7
And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam,
(which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way
therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
John 12:34-36 (KJV)
The people answered
him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth
for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be
lifted up? who is this Son of man?
Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light
with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness
come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth
not whither he goeth. 36
While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may
be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and
departed, and did hide himself from them.
John 12:44-46 (KJV)
Jesus cried and
said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but
on him that sent me. 45
And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
46 I am
come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on
me should not abide in darkness.
Though some have chosen to worship the
sun for the light it brings to the world, Jesus is the
source of light for the sun. He is the Light of the
World, the one to be worshipped for the eternal light
and life he brings our souls as well as the temporal
light and life during our stay on the earth. He can fill
me with that light enabling me to shed light on a lost
and needy world and show them the way to the Light.
I will live my life in the Light of
Jesus Christ, knowing that in Him I can not walk in
darkness. By walking in His Light, Christ can be
reflected through me and become a Light for others.
Therefore, I need to keep my eyes focused on Him each
day so that all I see is Jesus, the Light of the World.
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In the Word frequent mention is made of
and by this in the internal sense is signified the truth which is from
good but in the supreme internal sense there is signified the Lord
Himself, because He is good and truth itself. Moreover there actually is
light in heaven, but infinitely brighter than the light on earth (AC
and in this light spirits and angels see one another, and by means of it
is displayed all the glory which is in heaven. In regard to its
lucidity, this light does indeed appear like the light in the world; but
still it is not like it, for it is not natural, but spiritual, having in
it wisdom; so that it is nothing else than wisdom which so shines before
the eyes of the angels; and therefore the wiser the angels are, the
brighter is the light in which they are (AC
this light illumines the understanding of man, especially that of a
regenerate man; but it is not perceived by man so long as he is in the
life of the body, because of the light of the world, which then is
regnant. Moreover the evil spirits in the other life see one another,
and also see many representatives which exist in the world of spirits,
and this indeed they do from the light of heaven; but their lumen is
such as proceeds from a fire of coals, for the light of heaven is
changed into such a lumen when it comes to them.
 As regards the very origin of light, this has been
from eternity from the Lord alone; for Divine good itself and Divine
truth, from which light comes, is the Lord. The Divine Human, which was
from eternity (John 17:5), was this light itself. And whereas this light
could no longer affect the human race, which had removed itself so far
from good and truth, thus from light, and had cast itself into darkness,
therefore the Lord willed to put on by birth the human itself; for thus
He could illumine not only the rational but also the natural things of
man; for He made both the rational and the natural in Himself Divine, in
order that He might also he a light to those who were in such gross
 That the Lord is light, that is, good itself
and truth itself, and that thus from Him is all intelligence and wisdom,
consequently all salvation, is evident from many passages in the Word,
as in John:--
In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with God, and God was the Word; in Him was life, and
the life was the light of men. John came to bear witness of the
light; he was not that light, but came that he might bear witness of
the light. That was the true light which enlighteneth every man that
cometh into the world (John 1:1, 4, 7-9).
Word was the
Divine truth, thus the Lord Himself as to the Divine Human, concerning
which it is said that
that Word was with God, and God was the Word.
 In the same Evangelist:--
This is the judgment, that light
is come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the
light (John 3:19)
the Divine truth. Again:--
Jesus said, I am the light of the
world he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall
have the light of life (John 8:12).
Yet a little while is the light
with you walk while ye have the light, lest darkness seize upon you;
while ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may be sons
of light (John 12:35, 36).
He that seeth Me seeth Him that
sent me I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth
in Me may not abide in the darkness (John 12:46, 46).
Mine eyes have seen Thy salvation,
which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples, a light for
revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel (Luke
This is the prophecy of Simeon concerning the Lord
when He' was born.
The people that sat in darkness
saw a great light, and to them that sat in the region and shadow of
death, did light spring up (Matthew 4:16; Isa. 9:2);
from which passages it is very plain that the
Lord as to the Divine good and truth in the Divine Human, is called
Also in the prophecies of the Old Testament, as in
The light of Israel shall be for a
fire, and his Holy One for a flame (Isa. 10:17).
I Jehovah have called thee in
righteousness, and I will give thee for a Covenant of the people,
for a light of the Gentiles (Isa. 42:6).
I have given thee for a light of
the Gentiles, that thou mayest be My salvation, unto the end of the
earth (Isa. 49:6).
Arise, shine, for thy light is
come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee. The Gentiles
shall walk to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising
(Isa. 60:1, 3).
 That all the light of heaven, consequently
wisdom and intelligence, is from the Lord, is thus taught in
The holy city New Jerusalem,
descending from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for
her husband, hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine
in it the glory of God will enlighten it, and the Lamb is the lamp
thereof (Rev. 21:2, 23).
Again, speaking of the same:--
There shall be no night there, and
they need no lamp, neither light of the sun, for the Lord God giveth
them light (Rev. 22:5).
 Again in
The sun shall be no more thy light
by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee
but Jehovah shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy
glory thy sun shall no more go down, neither shall thy moon withdraw
itself, for Jehovah shall be thine everlasting light (Isaiah 60:19,
The sun shall be no more thy light by day,
neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee,
denotes that this will be the case with the things not of natural, but
of spiritual light, which is signified by
Jehovah being an everlasting light.
That Jehovah," as mentioned here and
elsewhere in the Old Testament, is the Lord, may be seen above (AC
 And that He is the light of heaven He also
manifested to the three disciples, Peter, James, and John, at His
transfiguration, when His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment
became as the light (Matt. 17:2). His
face as the sun
was the Divine good; His
raiment as the light
was the Divine truth. Hence it may be known what is meant by the
expression in the benediction:--
Jehovah make His faces shine upon
thee, and be merciful unto thee (Num. 6:25)
faces of Jehovah
are mercy, peace, and good, may be seen above (AC
223); and that the
is the Divine love; thus that it is the Divine love of the Lord which
appears as a sun in the heaven of angels, may also be seen above (AC
THE I AM LIGHT AND POWER OF HEALING IS FOR EVERYONE
Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16)
by T.V. Philip
T. V. Philip, born in India and a lay member of the Mar Thoma
Church, has worked and taught in India, Europe, USA and
Australia. He is a church historian, and a former Professor at
the United Theological College, Bangalore, India. The following
appeared in The Kingdom of God is Like This,
by T.V. Philip, jointly published by the Indian Society for
Promoting Christian Knowledge and Christava Sahitya Samithy
(CSS), Cross Junction, M.C. Road, Tiruvalla-689 101, Kerela,
India. The material was prepared for Religion Online by Ted &
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has
lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? ... You
are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be
hid... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works and give glory to your Father who is in
The Sermon on the Mount begins with the Beatitudes. It
tells us that those who are poor, those who are hungry, those
who weep, those whose hearts are pure, those who work to
establish peace, those who suffer for the cause of justice --
they are all blessed in the kingdom of God.
Then the Sermon on the Mount speaks of the response of
those who are blessed. What is our responsibility? It tells us:
‘You are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world’.
All who are blessed are called to a responsibility. Christian
discipleship, membership in the kingdom of God, is a great
responsibility. In the Old Testament, the prophets reminded
Israel again and again that it is not a light thing to be God’s
Writing to the scattered Christian congregations in Asia
Minor, Peter in his first Epistle tells them:
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy
nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the
wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light. Once you were no people but
now you are God’s people; once you had not received
God’s mercy but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter
In the Old Testament, it is the entire people of Israel
who are addressed as a royal priesthood, a holy nation. Peter
echoes this. The whole Christian congregation is the royal
priesthood with a ministry and mission to proclaim the wonderful
deeds of God.
After the Beatitudes, Jesus tells the disciples of their
responsibility in society, in the world. The focus of God’s
action is the world -- not simply the Church or Christians. ‘Let
your light shine before people that they may see your good works
and give glory to your father in heaven.’ It is about our deeds
in the world.
Christians are not other worldly. We are not to spend our
time thinking of how to escape from the world. Nor are we to be
preoccupied with churchly matters. The Church is not the kingdom
of God. The Kingdom of God is about this world, and about our
life and witness in the world. It is about politics, about
economics and about culture. It is about our environment, about
the destruction of nuclear weapons. It is about peace. How are
we to fulfil our responsibility in the society in which we live?
Jesus said: You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of
In the first place, Christians are to be the salt of the
earth. When we want to stress a person’s worth we often say that
he or she is the salt of the earth. In the ancient world, salt
was highly valued. The Greeks called salt divine. Salt performs
two important functions. It is the commonest of all
preservatives. It keeps things from going bad. For millions of
people in the world, salt still has this purpose. In the second
place, salt gives taste and flavor to food. Food without salt is
The Christian’s task is to be the salt of society,
preserving, reconciling, adding taste, giving meaning where
there is no meaning, giving hope where there is no hope. It is
about the quality of life. It is interesting that when the early
Christians were persecuted in the Roman Empire, the Christian
Apologists pleaded for tolerance saying that society continued
to exist because of Christians. What they were saying was that
Christians upheld the good values in life, they worked for
reconciliation and peace, and they prayed for the empire and its
To be the salt of society means that we are deeply
concerned with its well being. We preserve cultural values and
moral principles and make a contribution to the development of
cultural and social life. We add taste and flavor to the common
life. Because there are Christians in a city or in a village,
its people should be able to praise God for the harmony and
fellowship, joy and happiness which Christians bring to the
We are also called to be the light of the world.
The New English Bible translates: ‘You are the light for all the
world’. It means we are to be light in all aspects of the
world’s life. It also means we are to be light for all the
people of the world. It takes us out of our preoccupation with
the welfare of the Christian community alone.
One of the serious problems in the world today is
religious communalism, that is, people’s preoccupation with the
interests of their own religious or ethnic group. The conflicts
between Roman Catholics and Protestants, between Roman Catholics
and Eastern Orthodox, between Jews and Muslims, between Muslims
and Hindus, between Roman Catholics and Muslims and between Shia
and Sunni Muslims are facts of life today. We are called to be
the light for the world. Jesus Christ is the real light which
The metaphor of light is often used in the Bible. Jews
spoke of Jerusalem as light to the Gentiles. But Jerusalem does
not produce its own light. It is God who lights the lamp of
Israel. Moreover, Jerusalem cannot hide its light. The prophet
Isaiah summons Israel thus:
Arise, shine, your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rests upon you ...
nations will come to your light
and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (Isaiah
Speaking of the Messianic age, Isaiah says:
The people who walked in darkness have seen a
those who dwell in a land of deep darkness,
on them the light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2)
This prophecy was fulfilled in the coming of Jesus Christ.
Jesus 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) Again he said: ‘While I am in the world, I am the
light of the world’.
Jesus Christ is the true light of all the world. He has
lighted a light in the life of each one of his followers.
Christian disciples are called to rise and shine. St. Paul
exhorts the Christians in Philippi ‘to be blameless and innocent
in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom
you shine as light in the world’.
Christians are to be torch bearers in a dark world. One
should not try to hide the light which God has lit in our lives.
Rather we should shine so that others may see our good deeds and
praise God; Shining does not mean self-propaganda,
self-publicity, self-glorification, but bearing fruit in our
life, bringing life and light to others. It is about our deeds
in society -- in politics, in culture and in social life.
Christians are not to be indifferent to politics but must
actively participate in the political life of their country.
There is a saying in India that it does not matter whether Rama
(God) rules or Ravana (the Devil) rules. This is not so with
Christians. It matters very much which political party rules and
which policies are implemented.
The Bible does not give us a programme for political
action, but it gives us a picture of God and his purposes for
his creation. In the Beatitudes we see a God who comforts those
who mourn, a God who satisfies the needs of the poor and the
hungry. To be a light is to follow this God, struggling to bring
about social justice in our society, to safeguard human rights
and to work for peace and reconciliation.
If you cease to prevent justice, if you feed the
and satisfy the needs of the wretched, then your light
rise like dawn out of darkness. (Isaiah 58:8)
The I AM power is the healing power of the universe. It's the force from
which the universe is made, and it is also the basic substance of which
we are made. The I AM power can be experienced as a light or as a
profound feeling in the heart or as great wisdom.
There is no limit to the power of the I AM to heal and transform
every aspect of life. The word "OM" is a form of "I AM" as well.
We can say, "I AM the power of healing, and I AM
healing myself now." Or, "I AM the Life- Transforming Power, radiating
in every cell of my body, every part of my mind, and every situation in
my life." Using these words is a call to the universe, to the healing
power, to God, asking that the doors be opened to release pure and
radiant energy into our life.
When we put negativities after I AM, as in "I am
sick," or "I am a failure," it creates great limitation. Instead you can
affirm that you are the I AM power, and you are filled with enormous
capacities for transformation.
Meditating with the I AM
If you'd like, you can sit down in a quiet place
and pay attention to your breathing. You can then say to yourself "I" on
the inbreath and "AM" on the outbreath. You can keep your focus as long
as possible, continuing to bring yourself back to the "I AM" whenever
All Paths are Built Upon I AM
All mystical revelations, all paths, are based
upon the I AM. God is often known as the I AM. The Judeo-Christian as
well as Eastern paths are all infused with the I AM power. Jesus said,
"I AM the Light of the world."
Rumi, the great Sufi poet, wrote:
I am neither a Moslem nor a Hindu
I am not Christian, Zoroastrian, nor Jew.
My place is the no-place
My image is without face
Neither of body nor the soul
I am of the Divine Whole.