The crisis of secrecy comes when men are so ashamed of what they say and do that they hide themselves from God for fear of condemnation.

They hide because they feel they have more to lose by being up front with who they are and what they stand for than what they gain by allowing the light of Christ shine on their words, deeds and lives.

John 3:19-21 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Jesus is speaking. He did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world, but there are those who are so attuned to darkness that they hide from the light and are condemned by their secrecy.

The word for ‘condemnation’ is from the Greek crisis, and means ‘decision, judgment’ or, as the NIV gives it, ‘the verdict’.

I like the last version because it sums up what Jesus is saying. People are condemned, or judged, because they are evil and are liable to exposure by the light, so they hide, and, being hidden are condemned already. The verdict is in.

People who want to come out of darkness into light allow the light to shine upon them. They understand that darkness means condemnation. Being hidden is not necessarily a sign of innocence. If we are innocent we are not ashamed of what we are, what we say or what we do.

If we are walking in righteousness we are innocent. We are made guilt free when Light shines on us and we are liberated through faith in Jesus. We take on the innocence which is in Christ. We can only be made righteous through faith.

The person who practices evil shows that he hates the light by remaining obscured in case the light shines on his deeds and he is exposed. He is not confident or in faith regarding his position and would rather be masked from light than exposed in it.

Those who love the truth come into the light and are seen and known. They do not fear condemnation because they are in the light. The light reflects Christ so they are willing to be a reflector not a deflector.

They not only hear the truth, they believe the truth, obey the truth, and they live the truth. They are doers of the word and not hearers only. They allow light to shine on them and let the light permeate their lives and shine through them.

Those who are truly in the light do not want to be hidden or secretive about who they are or what they believe, or who and what they stand for. They are not afraid of persecution from enemies of Christ.

Their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. They do not refuse or decline to have their names associated with Christ by taking on a secret or masked identity.

They do not fear the world’s hatred, malice or threats. They are certain of their position in Christ. Their name is known and uttered by the Chief Shepherd, so they display it with gladness as associated with Him.

They are in the light as He is in the light. They have nothing to hide, so nothing is hidden for those who are truly in the light.   .

 

 

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