Commanded Light To Shine Out of Darkness…
When we speak of Jesus Christ and the Word of God are these two not the same? Is the Word of God Jesus Christ? Yes, yes Jesus is the Word of God. The Word of God is not a book. The Word of God is not a “thing” it is Jesus Christ, E(I)mmanuel, God with us. When we discuss Jesus we are discussing the invisible God. When we are in the presence of Jesus, we are in the presence of the invisible God. When the Works of Jesus are discussed these are the Works of the invisible God.
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. ~ Colossians 1:15-17 KJB
Is God mean or vengeful? Does God have “an axe to grind” towards His children?
God is for us, He is not against us.
Should children be allowed to run roughshod in the home, the neighborhood or the community? Of course not. Should discipline be incorporated to get an unruly child’s attention? What would make us believe that God, our Father, Father of All, doesn’t discipline His children when they disobey? Does that mean that God is vengeful or mean or untrustworthy? Only to those who do not believe and those who believe their ways are better than the Father.
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ~ II Corinthians 4:3-6 NKJB
Paul, on two different occasions states, very clearly, that Jesus is the “image of God”. Then, Paul, goes on to share how much Jesus loves us, the believers, and how He wants us to succeed through Him, for the Light of the Lord to shine in our hearts. That does not sound vengeful or mean or anything other than loving.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.