Most would admit before coming to Christ they were “in” the dark. What many probably haven’t thought of, or simply don’t want to think of, is they actually “were” darkness. While reading through Ephesians during our weekly Bible study we came across 5:8 which reads “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.” If we take this for exactly what it says we see we “were darkness” but now we “are Light.” This is something more than just coming out of darkness into the Light. This is telling us we were in union with the darkness and now we are in union with the Light.
Colossians 1:13 says, “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” We have been rescued! We were prisoners held captive with no hope of release until God himself came and set us free. How did he set us free you might ask? He rescued us by way of the cross joining us to Jesus Christ, co-crucifying us, burying us and raising us back again in union with Christ who is the Light of the world. In Him there is no darkness or shadow of turning. “In Him was the life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:4-5). My Bible has a note that says the word “comprehend” means the darkness did not overpower it. In other words the Gates of Hell cannot prevail against it! That’s grounds for shouting right there!
Sadly there are many who refuse to come to the light; but Jesus told us the reason is, “Men loved darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (John 3:19-20). He also said, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life” (John 8:12). The offer of a life in the Light is still on the table for all who will simply come to Jesus Christ.
Looking back on my own B.C. days I would have to agree I was darkness. I always wore black clothes, dark sunglasses, had the blinds pulled on my windows and my car windows were tinted too. I would have just as soon slept during the day and been awake all night. When the Bible talks about us being in or of the darkness it isn’t just some word picture or metaphor.
Let me take a minute to share something with you about the Apostle Paul’s writing’s. If you read carefully you will notice a pattern in how he writes. In Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians etc. He starts by telling us who we are in Christ. He tells us we are a new creature, Holy, blameless, beyond reproach and complete in Him. He then moves on to tell us some very practical things about how we, this new creature, is expected to behave. You see it wouldn’t make any sense to tell us to love each other, forgive each other, stop lying to each other and stealing if we were still the old creature. We first have to become aware and convinced we have truly been transferred from darkness to light, we have been crucified, dead, buried and raised back to walk in newness of life in Christ or else telling us to behave in a Godly manner is pointless. On the other hand since we have been transferred out of darkness and brought into the Light, Paul is telling us to start living like it. All of these things we read like in Ephesians 4 and 5 is describing for us how the new man behaves. In other words how Christ in us behaves for we know the only reason we are holy, blameless, complete, etc. is because we are joined to him.