I randomly read an entry in the Strong’s concordance today that was of interest to me at least. I have read the gospel of John for years and while I got the below passage, there were nuances to that statement that have become clearer by this study.
|4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.|
|5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.|
The Hebrew word for light meant illumination, luminary, in every sense possible. It would be the sun, lightning, or happiness. The best spiritual definition of the light was life against death. Darkness of course would then be death.
The Greek version of the word light means to give light seen by the eye. It also means the light that reaches the mind. The part I found intriguing was it pointed out that light requires an organ adapted for its reception. If someone did not have this organ (or capacity) then they could not see the light, and it was useless to them. This does not change the fact that there is spiritual light, they just aren’t equipped to see it.
This is the sad state of man in his natural state. This is what we were all born to. We cannot see the light naturally, and therefore we cannot have life.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
That light and life are one and the same. All the unsaved people of the world are in darkness with no ability to comprehend Him. This is why Jesus came for us, He died for our sins, was buried, and resurrected on the third day so that we would place our faith, our trust on Him for our salvation. We then are given eternal life through Him. The light is placed in us to live, the Holy Spirit Himself. Believers are made new, by being born again they are capable of seeing the light.