â€œBut ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.â€ (1 Peter 2:9)
In our ongoing struggle for both survival and victory in this world, we do well to recognize that we are in enemy territory. While it is true that our Captain created the worldâ€”indeed, â€œall things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was madeâ€ (John 1:3)â€”and sacrificed His life to redeem it and will reign over it for eternity, it is also true that â€œthe whole world lieth in wickednessâ€ (1 John 5:19), occupied by â€œthe prince of this worldâ€ (John 12:31) who is â€œthe prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedienceâ€ (Ephesians 2:2).
The fact that we are surrounded by such darkness should come as no surprise, for before we were rescued by His grace, we too were part of the darknessâ€”indeed, we had to be called out of it. John the Baptist came â€œto give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peaceâ€ (Luke 1:79). Furthermore, as Christ taught, â€œmen loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evilâ€ (John 3:19).
This confrontation overshadows mere human conflict, however, â€œfor we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high placesâ€ (Ephesians 6:12). But, praise God, we have been called â€œout of darkness into his marvellous lightâ€ as described in our text. Although we may be still in the world, our King has â€œdelivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Sonâ€ (Colossians 1:13). â€œIn him was life; and the life was the light of menâ€ (John 1:4). JDM