What is in Us?
by Pastor's Corner on May 4th, 2015

Church of the Light
​John writes in his Gospel, chapter 1:4: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” As we begin the month of May we may ponder the question: What is in us? This is an important question because we are who we are as a result of what is on the inside of us. The Bible reminds us that “there is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” (Mk 7:15) This verse reveals that nothing from the outside can truly defile a person. This is not to infer that external or worldly influences are not real, but that they only have potential as a result of gaining access. In other words, one must give way to the temptations of this world.  Each individual must determine what is allowed on the inside of them. Jesus stated it best when He said: “We are not to be of the world just as He is not of the world.” (John 17:16) Jesus lived His entire life in this world, but the things of this world never represented who He was.
 
It was what was on the inside of Jesus that made Him unique.  Jesus knew who He was.  He understood His purpose and His origin and nothing in this world would detour Him from fulfilling the mission and calling assigned to Him.  Life was on the inside of Him.  However, this was not ordinary life. In other words, Jesus was not just alive like we understand life.  Because we have life, we are alive.  In contrast, Jesus was life! He was the source of life.  His life was different. This was why no one could take His life, or take life from Him.  He was everything life was meant to be.  He fulfilled everything that life existed for.  He lived life to the full because He alone was the example of life’s purpose ordained by the Creator, God. No one else could live life in such a way that it fulfilled all the expectations of the Father.  Only Jesus could live up to the Father’s expectations exemplifying who the Father was and demonstrating His ways in the earth.
 
John testifies that in Jesus was life! Nothing in this earth can exist without life. Life is the source of man’s existence on the earth. Gen. 2:7 reminds us: “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living soul.” This verse validates the fact that man’s life comes from God.  After God breathed life into man, only then did he become a living soul.  No man, woman, boy or girl can live without breath. And God is the source of man’s breath because God is the source of all life. We understand this in the context of natural life. We may conclude that once man ceases to breathe, he also ceases to live. It is God who gives man breathe and it is also God who, according to His will, removes breath from man.
 
John shares revelation in this one verse that we cannot afford to miss.  In this verse he is revealing something about spiritual life.  Spiritual life is different from natural life.  Natural life is limited by time. We all must respect the reality that there is a time when man is born and there is a time when man dies.  This is natural or chronological life. However, there is also spiritual life.  This is life that is not limited by time.  This is life outside of the limitations of this world.  Man was created as a spiritual being housed in a natural body.  This natural body serves only as a temporary home, but cannot be confused as one’s eternal home. Paul reminds us in 2 Cor. 5:1: “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”  In other words, we have a spiritual body, a spiritual life, just like we have a natural body and a natural life.
 
But John confirms that “the life that was in Jesus” was intended to become “the light in men.” In the same sense that God gave man physical life by breathe, He has also given man spiritual life by light.  It is the life of God on the inside of man that opens man’s eyes, his understanding, to the life he is to live by the will of the Father.  Man was never created to live his life limited by time and this world.  He was created to glorify the Father and to live life abundantly because that is what life is.  Man was created to be ‘alive’ in Christ and that is what makes him different.  He has become light to a world struggling in darkness only because he has discovered the source of all life, natural and eternal.
 
In His Service,
Dr. Clarence V. Boyd, Jr.
Senior Pastor, RRTEC


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