Richard Weirich

Believe In the Light While You Have the Light

Believe In the Light While You Have the Light

36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. 37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.

John 12:36-37

Even in the light they couldn’t see. Unlike you and me, these people saw our Lord in the flesh, saw Him perform miracles in their presence, and heard His salvation message from His lips. And “they still would not believe in him.” And then the light was gone.

Some Bible scholars adhere to the doctrine of Irresistible Grace. That is to say, God selects those who will be saved and imposes His will for their salvation. In the writing of The Forever Notebook, I have endeavored to avoid wrangling over doctrines of the faith, and have no intention of making an exception here. Personally, I believe that God’s gospel is for everyone and that He does not want anyone to perish, but desires that all have eternal life. (2 Peter 3:9) Our beloved John 3:16 declares that God’s loving act of salvation is for “whosoever believes.”

Back to our focus text. Jesus said, “Believe in the light while you have the light.” And then He left and hid himself from them. The opportunity of a lifetime was staring them in the face and they ignored it.

Life is built on a series of opportunities, none of which lasts forever. That job offer of a lifetime is restricted by a time limit. Take it while you can or it will be given to someone else.

In 1970, I met Janet. Had I not taken advantage of that opportunity, I would have missed out on my soulmate. We love the home in which we live, but if we hadn’t taken advantage of buying it while it was available, somebody else would be living in it today.

“Believe in the light while you have the light.”

Granted, all opportunities aren’t in our best interest. Decisions must be made. Some we get right and others we get wrong. But in all situations we must act while we have the light.

You’re aware of the unpardonable sin.

31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. Matthew 12:31-32

In context, Jesus was accused by the Pharisees of performing His miracles via the power of the demon Beelzebub. They were attributing the power of the Holy Spirit to the power of Hell and Satan, which is blasphemy against the Spirit. Thus, the complaining Pharisees had committed the unpardonable sin.

They had been given the light but rejected it. The Holy Spirit is the agent of the Godhead that gives light, illuminates God’s word, brings to light our sin condition, and helps us to understand our desperate need for the Savior.

Is the rejection of God’s light the unpardonable sin? I’ll answer that question with a question. What is the penalty for committing the unpardonable sin? “…anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 21:32) Likewise, for those who reject Christ and His message, the penalty is the same. There is no pardon for rejecting Christ. None.

My days start early, before sunrise. To read God’s word, I must turn on the light. And were it not for the light of the Spirit, the words on the pages of the Bible would have no life-changing meaning.

“Believe in the light while you have the light.”

We give our lives to Christ as we come into the light. And once we have surrendered to Him, the Holy Spirit brings us more light with more opportunities. Today the light may be showing you something you need to change in your behavior. Or, the light may be illuminating the path for ministry. Possibly the light is clarifying an important decision you need to make. And sometimes that light leads you to praise and thanksgiving.

Here’s the good news. Since you’ve given your life to Christ, the light will never go out. You will eternally be in His glorious light. You have believed in the light and you will always have the light.

For more on this topic, check out this article: More than a Great Teacher and Prophet, Jesus is God

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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