2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Have you ever heard someone say that having religious faith is like a leap in the dark? What they mean is, if a person believes in Christ or God or Christianity, it’s not rational. It’s like a leap into the unknown. For them, a person who believes in God is tantamount to holding your breath, and taking a leap in the dark. They imagine it to be as if someone was stepping into the unknown; it’s just a blind act of trust.
Jesus Christ, however, addressed the issue when he said in John 12:43,
“I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.”
The fact is, according to Jesus Christ, before any of us were called by faith into Him, we’re already in the dark. We didn’t need to leap into the dark because that’s where we already were- in the dark. The Bible further states in Ephesians 2:1-2, that a person who isn’t in Christ is not only in darkness..meaning, spiritual darkness…he or she is said to be dead in trespasses and sins.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked…”
So, all who are without the transforming, regenerative power of Christ are dead men walking. The unbeliever is both dead and in darkness. It’s an alarming picture of a corpse shut up in a tomb. This verse, using vivid language, states clearly the spiritual condition we find ourselves in prior to faith in Christ. We were dead…which is to say, spiritually dead.
God, through his word and by his grace, wants us to so grasp the truth, he uses something we are all too aware of: death. Now, we all know that a physically dead person can’t see? A corpse in a grave cannot see anything. So we too, before we are received through faith by grace into salvation (Ephesians 2:8), are spiritually dead. Our sins had cut us off from the life of God (Isaiah 59:2) and blinded us from seeing, as the scriptures say, “the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” As Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 4:6; until God speaks and brings the light of the knowledge of His glory into a sin-darkened heart, we are blind to the Savior. And as Jesus said, “Unless a person is born-again they cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
Therefore, it’s not a matter of saving faith being a leap in the dark..because we are, as blind, heart-darkened sinners already are in the dark. And unless God ignites faith, in our dead hearts, through the light of the gospel we will never truly see. We will remain in this life as people groping in the dark wondering what life is all about. We can never know Him in intimate spiritual fellowship nor see the beauty of his majesty, nor the magnificence of his love and forgiveness. Because where there is no light, there is only darkness.
Jesus said,“seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear.” ( Matthew 13:13)
When Jesus spoke these words he was not speaking to people who were physically blind or deaf. But in the mind of Christ they might as well have been, because they didn’t see who the Savior truly was nor grasp the meaning of his words. Jesus is the reflection (Colossians 1:15) or declared presence (John 1:1) of God in human flesh (John 1:14), and yet many could not and cannot see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Sins, which darken all of our hearts, prevent us from seeing Him with the eyes and ears of faith.
Again, our scripture in 2 Corinthians 4:6 says “the glory of God is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”
In order for any of us to see the magnificence, the beauty, the power, the holiness, the soul-saturating love which is God’s glory, it is seen only by gazing on Christ. But let’s take note, God’s word says: the face of Jesus Christ. This speaks of something more than a mere acquaintance or a passing glance. Prolonged looks into the face of another person is much more than a quick acknowledgement of their presence, or courteous momentary eye-contact. It is something far more personal. The way I look into my wife’s face is much different than how I look at someone else’s face. That is what I believe the apostle is saying here. His appeal is for us believer’s to turn the eyes of our hearts away from self, and to look on “the face of Jesus Christ”. When we do, God’s glory is revealed to us in heart melting, life transforming ways.
It seems John the apostle came to this amazing reality. You can almost hear the excitement in his words regarding this wonderful discovery when he says:
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:1-3
Where then do we find the light that shines the truth of God in the heart? It is in the person of Jesus Christ. It is when we look full in his wonderful face. It’s when we look deeply into the glass of the Gospel and there, by God’s grace, we start to see Christ, who sheds the light of God’s glory into darkened hearts.
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Now, only one question remains: Have you taken a leap into the light?