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Mon, March 10, 2014
Seeing the Light
In an odd but highly significant passage in the Holy Scriptures, we are told that God judges men according to their light.
In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead (Acts 17:3031).
If as here stated God "overlooked" the times of ignorance before Christ came, is it too much to believe that He may now "overlook" the places where it is not yet known that He came? This is not to imply that God’s overlooking men in ancient times absolved them of all responsibility. No, for always there is the light of nature as well as the light of conscience, and these are made effective by "The true light that gives light to every man . . . Coming into the world" (John 1:9).
Paul cleared this up for us when he wrote, "For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law" (Romans 2:12, KJV). Idolatry is a grave and destructive sin no matter where it is found; but the appearance of Jesus Christ as the Light of the world took away any flimsy excuses men might have had and made them instantly responsible to turn to God from idols. The same holds true wherever the gospel is preached. The heathen are not innocent before they have heard the gospel, but their responsibility is vastly increased after they have heard it.
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualitieshis eternal power and divine naturehave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20
The heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1) and there is light that gives light to every human (John 1:9). But there is also the god of this age who blinds the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). There is human responsibility yet there is desparate need for the clear proclamation of the Good News.
Open our eyes that we may see You, O Christ, You are the Light of the World!
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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.
His books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit, Chapter 17 - Ability and Responsibility
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