The Prince of Peace and His Reign of Righteousness
This morning I was indirectly considering 2 Corinthians 4:6 and the idea of light shining out of darkness. Paul was directly quoting Genesis 1:3, with God directly dividing the light from the darkness. This verse goes back to its context in 2 Corinthians 4:4. Also referenced is the Apostle’s encounter with Jesus per Acts 26:13-18, as well as 2 Peter 1:19 concerning the Daystar arising in our hearts.
All Scripture references offered in this writing may be perused by the one reading this.
There is much to consider, especially where Isaiah 9:7 brings to our attention that there will be no end to the increase of the Messiah’s government or of His peace.
His reign began with His incarnation and was spearheaded in the days of His passion, crucifixion, and resurrection - hidden to all but the eyes of faith. It was enshrouded in the mystery and ignominy of those dark events.
Yet history from then onward unfolds and reveals the increase of His government and the decrease of the government of the darkness, or of the dark powers antithetical to His reign.
This is the Gospel, the Good News of peace on earth and goodwill toward mankind.
In a sense His coming is by stealth. Not all at once. The mistake comes by way of our expectations and perceptions of wanting His reign to break forth all at once. As if an explosion of some sort of political coup.
Instead it is like a sunrise, gradually expelling all darkness. By stealth so to speak. A few degrees at a time until its full shining and glory... it will be ever increasing and without end!
This Light that shines dispels the darkness gradually in each soul, as well as across all that is. That is how I see Scripture depicting it... that His reign ever increases very much like the sun begins to rise and shine gradually dispelling the darkness. It pierced the darkness and shatters it. Light cannot come “from” darkness, as it has no fellowship with darkness. The very first act of creation was to separate the two! And so it is in each epoch of history and in each true spiritual conversion.
This way of seeing it also reveals Him as acting and found enshrouded in all matters and circumstances which we find to be trouble and tribulation. If we can perceive it as darkness being driven away by the Sun of Righteousness and Prince of Peace, this gives a greater meaning to our story, one of eternal significance. God’s perspective to this deadly nihilism and culture of death must unfold and will unfold, and there will be nothing the darkness can do to stop Him!
See John 1:5.
May the Son rise and bring all darkness to its end, as indeed Scripture reveals to us is always occurring and ever increasing.
Solo Deo Gloria!
Other Scriptures on His reign:
Luke 1:32,33. Daniel 2:44. Daniel 7:14,27. Psalm 45:4-6. Isaiah 32:1,2. Hebrews 1:8. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28. Isaiah 42:3,4. Psalm 72:7-11. Psalm 2:8. Revelation 19:11. Isaiah 11:3-5.
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