â€œGiving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.â€ (Colossians 1:12-13)
By His grace, we have been snatched from Satanâ€™s darkness and been placed in the kingdom of light. However, we still live in a dark world hostile to the light. We are therefore soldiers of light, but as with any army, we are not to act independently, but instead â€œas a good soldier of Jesus Christâ€ (2 Timothy 2:3), we must follow the orders of our commander and act in accordance with established guidelines.
The Supreme Commander in this battle of light versus darkness is none other than God the Father, for â€œGod is light, and in him is no darkness at allâ€ (1 John 1:5). â€œThe LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?â€ (Psalm 27:1).
Perhaps, in this analogy, the field commander can be considered to be none other than Jesus Christ, carrying out the will of the Supreme Commander. He said, â€œI am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of lifeâ€ (John 8:12). â€œI came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent meâ€ (John 6:38).
We, of course, are the infantry, the light brigade, as it were. â€œYe are the light of the worldâ€ (Matthew 5:14). â€œYe are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be soberâ€ (1 Thessalonians 5:5-6).
Our marching orders, our objective, and our methods are all found in the war manual, the Bible. â€œThy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my pathâ€ (Psalm 119:105). â€œFor the commandment is a lamp; and the law is lightâ€ (Proverbs 6:23). What more could we ask? JDM