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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
“Light of Light”

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Revelation 21:22–25

From the Confessions: The Nicene Creed

Light of Light

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“God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). He is the source of the light, thus we say that he is the light. The light that is God is generated by his glory. This speaks to his holiness, since there can be no darkness or evil in his light.

Jesus is not a reflection of this light. He is the light. He is the “true light” (John 1:9). He is that “joyous light of glory” whom we confess as God. As he is by definition, “God of God,” he is by description, “Light of Light.” The psalmist declares that God is such bright light that in his light we are able to see light. The normal light of day is as darkness in the glory of God. Jesus shows us the light of God, not by reflecting his light but by being the light—by being God, who is light. Thus, we confess that Jesus is Light of Light.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, bring your light to bear on the darkness in my life. Amen.

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