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A Principle of Interpretation

A Principle of Interpretation

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"God is light and in Him is no darkness at all." —
I. John i. 5.

"God is light and in Him is no darkness at all." —
I. John i. 5.

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Published by: glennpease on Jul 18, 2014
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A Principle of Interpretation By EREST M. STIRES "God is light and in Him is no darkness at all." — I. John i. 5. THE stream of life is stirred to its depths by mighty, significant events. To many this troubling of the waters brings doubt and questioning. The events may have significance, even divine significance, but anxious folk can- not read their meaning, and their hearts fail them for fear of the things which have come upon them, upon their coun- try, and upon the world. They believe in God, but they fear that He has lost control of the earth for the moment, or else that nearly all mankind is in rebellion against Him, a rebellion the more dangerous because it is the result of self-deception, and is justifying itself as acceptable and blessed in His sight. ^ot many people are saying such things, but very many are troubled at times, and occasionally nearly every one of us becomes mystified, or doubt- ful, and therefore weakens and falters in the race that is set before us. Is it possible for us to understand God? Is there any principle of interpretation 101 The High Call
whiclL will help us to know Him, and the manner and extent of His participa- tion in our life and in the events which make up human history? Such an in- terpretation, clear and convincing, is given in our text, ^^God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." Although ^light' and ^darkness' are figures of speech, they are intensely vivid. Light suggests joy; darkness suggests sorrow. Light brings life; darkness attends death. Light reveals; darkness conceals. Therefore we are disposed to think that mystery departs with the night, that the joy of full knowledge comes with the light of the sun. That is a serious error. The mys- teries of darkness are mysteries of ignorance; the mysteries of light are mysteries of knowledge, and the mys- teries of knoAvledge are greater, they are as sublime as they are inspiring. A peasant living in a little valley girt round with high mountains may have strange thoughts about the world out- side, but when he becomes ambitious and climbs out of his valley, ascends a lofty peak, and beholds something of the glory of the world and the beauty of great cities spread out before him, the 102 A Principle of Intrepretation wonder and tlie mystery grow with Ms
larger light. Mystery increases with knowledge and reaches its climax when we try to look unabashed at Him who is the source of all knowledge. He is a light too bright for human eyes. But He is light, not darkness. There has never been a time in human history when vast hosts of men, whole nations, were so ready as they are to-day to die for ideals. ations that seemed godless, men who seldom name the Deity except in blasphemy, have dis- covered that certain invisible principles are dearer to them than the lusts of the flesh, dearer than life itself. The essen- tial nobility of the human soul, its divine relationship, was never so appar- ent: the Spirit is bearing witness with their spirits that they are the children of God. What are they defending? For what are they laying down their lives? It is not gold, nor land, nor fame, nor power; they say it is for liberty, for humanity, for civilization. These are ideals which God planted in man; they are God's purpose for all His people, and men are giving their lives that His purpose may not be frustrated or delayed. 103 The High Call At other times we liave carefully ex-

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