Lesson 4 - Blind to His Glorious Light!
What does that mean?
Well, it means that from the day they sinned, Adam and Eve
and all their children would be lost in the darkness of sin forever. They would be strangers to God. They would be dead forevermore.
God is Light.
In Him is no darkness at all.
Adam and Eve are everyone's great-great-great-great grandparents.
We are related to them when we are born.
We are just like them. We are sinners. We are enemies of God.
We hate the Light of God and love the darkness of sin.
We are born dying in our bodies and dead in our souls!
Oh! I know this sounds very terrible.
It is terrible!
Why am I telling you this?
I must tell you this, because this is the truth
about all men and women and children on this earth!
We are born not knowing or believing anything about the Wonderful God Who made us long, long ago on the sixth day.
We can't see Him, we can't know Him, we can't please Him.
We come into this world dying and dead to the goodness of God.
There MUST be some way out!
Could man ever be a friend to God again?
Could man ever love God again?
Isn't there any hope?
YES! There is hope!
There is a Lovely Shining Star of Hope!
God has solved the problem of man's sin Himself.
THE HYMN: How Lovely Shines The Morning Star
"I Jesus have sent Mine Angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.
I AM the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."
How lovely shines the Morning Star!
The nations see and hail afar the Light of Judah shining.
Thou David's Son of Jacob's Race,
My Bridegroom and my King of Grace, for Thee my heart is pining.
Great and glorious, all victorious Prince of Graces,
Filling all the heavenly places.
Now richly to my waiting heart,
O Thou, my God, deign to impart the grace of love undying.
In Thy Blest Body, let me be,
E'en as the branch is in the tree, Thy life my life supplying.
For the savor of Thy favor; resting never
‘Til I rest with Thee forever.
Thou mighty Father, in Thy Son, didst
Love me ere Thou hadst begun this ancient world's foundation.
Thy Son hath made a friend of me,
And when in Spirit Him I see, I joy in tribulation.
What bliss is this!
He that liveth to me giveth life forever;
Nothing Him from me can sever.
TUNE: WIE SCHON LEUCHTET DER MORGENSTERN, Philipp Nicolai 1599
(Arranged by J.S. Bach, ca.1730)
WORDS: Philipp Nicolai 1599 (Translation unknown)