Man’s mind is in darkness and needs the Light of God

by Paul Franco on January 17, 2011

The unbeliever lives out his life in the worthlessness of his own mind, having a darkened understanding and excluded from the life of God because of his own ignorance and hardness of heart (Eph 4:17-18). People do not consider what life is really about and if they do, they are deceiving themselves and are not honestly seeking truth. Apostle Paul describes man’s mind as useless and seeking after meaningless thought. The natural condition of man’s mind is empty and frivolous. He describes the mind of man as “darkness.” When a person is in darkness he cannot discern objects accurately. He cannot noticeably tell the difference between the night stand and the dresser. Man’s faculties for properly understanding his existence in this life do not work. Just as ones’ eye cannot see in the dark so one’s understanding, if darkened, cannot function properly. Lastly, Paul explains that people are separated (alienated) from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them. He describes man’s mind as void of any light, a place full of ignorance. Paul does not mean that people do not have the ability to increase in knowledge in such things as – music, math, computers, engineering, etc..- but that they are ignorant about LIGHT- truth vs. falsehood, right vs. wrong, wisdom vs. folly, good vs. evil, and God vs. satan.

If we could encounter God’s mind and thoughts, we would be submerged with light, but if we walk in man’s mind we would be stumbling around in a dark place.

1Jn 1:5 “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”

God is light and in Him is no darkness at all, whereas man is darkness and in him is no light at all. Jesus said He is the “truth” and “the Light of the world” (Jn 14:6, Jn 8:12).

Many today will view light as existing impersonally and independent of God (for example; light and truth exist outside of God). Often, philosophy is an attempt to define truth impersonally. The correct view is to understand that light and truth exist only because God exists. God is the absolute definition of light and truth. The Psalmist says it best, Ps119:130 “the entrance of your (God’s) Words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Man’s darkened state requires an external light to shine upon it. Man’s mind cannot generate light from within himself. Man’s mind is a receiver of light. God in His goodness has not left mankind in darkness, even though he deserves to be lift in it. How can a dark room, which has no sources of light within, become filled with light? An external light must shine through the room’s windows and into the room. This is how God’s light shines into men’s minds. The Psalmist expresses it correctly when he says that “the entrance of God’s Word into our minds gives us light.” God brings His light to us by His Word. We do not have understanding on our own. Understanding is given to us by Gods Word. The Word of God is His light shining upon us, shinning into the darkness of our minds and (hearts).

Jesus Chris is the “noon day Sun” of God’s glorious light shinning upon us. The Apostle John describes Jesus as the light which shines into the darkness of the human race. Jn 1:4-5 “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” If darkened men are ever to be enlightened they must know and believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus ‘ words reflect the hearts and minds of many people of His day who did not comprehend the Light- they did not know who Jesus really was and they did not understand or believe His message. Jn 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” Jesus taught He was the source of truth, wisdom and real understanding for all of one’s life. Believing and obeying Jesus Christ is the only way out of darkness. Those who follow Him will have truth and wisdom for every area of their lives.

God is pouring down His Light upon us by His Word and Jesus Christ.

We are to become receivers of God’s Light. We are to use our minds to comprehend the given Light and believe it with all of our heart, mind and strength.

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