Sunday, August 19, 2007
THE LIGHT OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:6
When a sinner is born again (born from above), the Holy Spirit removes the veil of blindness from his eyes and causes him to look to Christ and Him crucified as that One who established righteousness for him by His perfect obedience to the Law, and having completely put away his sin by His death.
It is the Spirit’s work to give eyes to see the light of the glory of Christ revealed in the Gospel. He breathes life in those whom Christ redeemed and the Father justified in Christ. The change that takes place at regeneration is the passing from spiritual death to life because of the change that took place at the cross with the removal of the charge of condemnation, and the full imputation of Christ’s righteousness as the Substitute, Colossians 2:14.
It is through the work of the Spirit that redeemed and justified sinners enter into the knowledge and joy of what Christ accomplished for them even before they knew anything about it. There is not a change in the redeemed sinner’s standing with God as regards his justification because God the Father saw him already fully justified and forgiven through Christ’s blood and righteousness, Romans 4:25. However at regeneration, there is a change from lostness to being found of Christ, death to life, or from darkness to light. It is this necessary work of the Spirit that frees the sinner from the bondage of self-will, ignorance, and rebellion, and brings him to rest in Christ as the only ground of acceptance with God.
The Spirit reconciles the sinner in his heart to Christ, based on the reconciliation that Christ already accomplished for him with the Father at the cross. This repentance, or change of heart, mind, and attitude toward God is the gift of God through His Son, Acts 11:18. Up to that point the sinner is at enmity against God in his mind and spirit, although God’s love and favor are toward him already because of Christ. Yet, when the Holy Spirit enlightens him through the preaching of the gospel of Christ’s Righteousness, He gives him faith to believe Christ and enter into the rest and enjoyment of the accomplished work of Christ and His righteousness at the cross.
“Free from the Law, O happy condition; Jesus hath bled and THERE is remission.”
Pastor Ken Wimer, Shreveport Grace Church, Shreveport, Louisiana