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The Word of God Compared to Light.

The Word of God Compared to Light.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY BENJAMIN KEACH


*' Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path/^ Psal. cxix. 105.

" We have aha a more sure Word of prophecy ^ whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,
as unto a Light that shineth in a dark place" ^c. 2 Pet. i. 19.

*' Lest the Light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine
upon them," &c. 2 Cor. iv. 4, 6.
BY BENJAMIN KEACH


*' Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path/^ Psal. cxix. 105.

" We have aha a more sure Word of prophecy ^ whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,
as unto a Light that shineth in a dark place" ^c. 2 Pet. i. 19.

*' Lest the Light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine
upon them," &c. 2 Cor. iv. 4, 6.

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UntitledTHE WORD OF GOD COMPARED TO LIGHT. BY BEJAMI KEACH *' Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path/^ Psal. cxix. 105. " We have aha a more sure Word of prophecy ^ whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a Light that shineth in a dark place" ^c. 2 Pet. i. 19. *' Lest the Light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine upon them," &c. 2 Cor. iv. 4, 6. In handling this Metaphor we will (1.) Show what Light is. (2.) Give its various ac- ceptations. (3.) Run ihe parallel, and largely open the properties of Gospel Light ; con- cluding with practical improvements upon that and some dependent and collateral points. Light properly taken, is thus defined, Lux est claritas seu splendor in Corpore lundnoso, vel extra a corpore luminoso exiens — that is, Light is a clarity, brightness, or splendour in a luminous body, or proceeding from it — ^it is called in Hebrew *nM (or) from whence comes the Greek ofow, cemo, to behold, which cannot be done, but where there is light. The Hebrew word "^^md Maor is properly a lightsome or lucid body, as the sun, moon, and stars, Gen. i. 14, 15. The Greeks call it ^us. Matt. xvii. 2, Acts xxvi. 23 ; The Latins lux and lumen. It is threefold, viz., there is a natural Light, a Light of grace, and a Light of glory ; the first is common to all that have the sense of seeing, the second to believers only on earth, the third to the saints and glorified spirits in heaven. The second sort of which we treat, proceeds from Christ who is called the Light, John i.; and his Gospel, which is also called Light, because it has the same influence and efficacy in illuminating the minds of men (which without it are spiritually dark) as the sun and othir lucid bodies have, to help our corporeal eyes in the discovery of objects. Light metaphorically is put for life itself, Job iii. 16, 20, 21. (2.) For any prosperity and joy of mind arising from thence, Esth. viii. 16. (3.) For the open and nuaufest state of things^ Matt. x. 27, Zeph. iii. 5, John iii. 21, 1 Cor. iv. 5. (4.) For favour and good ill, Prov. xvi. 15. (5.) For the mystery of regeneration, (1.) with respect to the origi- nal cause of it, viz., the Word and Spirit of God» Psal. xhii. 3, Prov. vi. 23, Isa. ii. 5, 20, 2 Cor. iv. 6, 1 Johii iL 8. (2.) With respect to the formal cause, which is the saving knowledge of Christ, and true faith. Acts xxvi. 18, Eph. v. 8, 1 Pet. ii. 9, 1 John i. 7. Hence believers are called the sons of Light, Luke xvi. 8, Eph. v. 8, 1 Thes. v. 5, and the graces of the Spirit and effects thereof, ^e armour of Light, Rom. xiii. 12. (3.) With respect to the final cause, the last scope and effect of faith, which is life eternal, Isa. Ix. 19, 20, John viu. 12, Acts xxvi. 23, 2 Tim. i. 10, &c. More particularly by a Metaphor Light is put for knowledge, Dan. v. 11, Isa. Ix. 3. Page 1
 
UntitledFor believers, Eph. v. 8, for the mmisters of the Gospel, Matt. v. 14, for God himself, 1 John i. 5. atural Light was the first perfect creature that God made of this visible world, Gen. L 3. Light is put for the morning, eh. viii. 3, *' And he read unto them — ^firom the Light (so the Hebrew) untU mid-day" — ^noon-light in the Hebrew onns Zocharajim) signifies BOOK mJ] tB^ WOBD OF GOD COXPABED TO LIGHT. 527 double Light, or that which is extraordinary shining. The devil is called an angel of Xiight, 2 Cor. xL 14 ; that is, by himself or agents he assumes a species and seeming sanctity, on purpose to ensnare and deceive the godly. God is said to '* dwell in unap- proachable Light," 1 Tim. vi. 16 ; that is, in such transcendant glory, that no mortal eye can approach unto. There is nothing so illustrious and glorious as Light, hence the joys of heaven are set out by it. In what respect the word is compared to Light, take asfiUoweth, METAPHOR. PARALLEL. L Light is pleasant and very Com- fortable. " Truly, Light is sweet," saith Solomon, '*and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to' see the sun," £ccl. xi. 7. How grievous it is to be blind, or to be kept in a deep and dark dungeon without seeing or be- holding the Light. Page 2
 
Untitledn. Light hath a penetrating quality, it is of such a piercing and subtle nature, that it conveys itself into the least crevice : you can hardly make a fence so dose as holly to keep out light. I. The word or Gospel of Jesus Christ is very pleasant, and a delightful thing. How woefid as the state of England in former times when men were kept in the dungeon of Popish dark- ness, without the precious Light of God's word. Light is compared to gladness, and a good day, Psal. xcvii. 11. Many good dajrs have we en- oyed since God sent out his Light and truth amongst us, Psal« xliii. 3. II. Ithe word of God is of a searching and penetrating nature ; the apostle saith, ''It is quick and powerful, sharper thsai any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividiiig asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a dis- cemerof the thoughts and intentions of the heart," Heb. iv. 12. It is a hard matter for a man, though never so wicked, to shut out or prevent the Light of God's word from darting into and piercing of his evil and accusing conscience. ni. Light makes manifest. Great III. The word and blessed Gospel of Christ Light discovers and makes things is so great a Light, that it makes wonderful dis- coveries to the children of men. 1. It makes manifest, not only that there is a God, but also what a God he is. ot only his Being, but also his manner of being. 2. It discovers the ereation of the world. 3. The state of man before he fell, and after his fall. 4. The horrid nature of sin. Page 3

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