Verse five says, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” Darkness is a common biblical metaphor for sin and evil. It reflects the condition of the moral and spiritual estrangement and ignorance of the unredeemed. The darkness blinds them to spiritual truth, making them oblivious to impending judgment.
Light, on the other hand, indicates that believers have passed out of the darkness of ignorance and unbelief into the realm of the light of God’s love and “the kingdom of His dear Son” (Col. 1:13). Believers are delivered from that terrible day of judgment that will overtake unbelievers “as a thief.”
So much comes to mind about the joy and peace of living in the Light. However, I’d like to let an old hymn written by W.T Sleeper and George C. Stebbins take center stage here:
Jesus, I Come
Out of my bondage, sorrow and night, Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light, Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of my sickness into Thy health, Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself, Jesus I come to Thee.
Out of my shameful failure and loss, Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross, Jesus I come to Thee;
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm, Jesus I come to Thee.
Out of unrest and arrogant pride, Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy blessed will to abide, Jesus I come to Thee;
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward for aye on wings like a dove, Jesus I come to Thee.
Out of the fear and dread of the tomb, Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the joy and light of Thy home, Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of the depths of ruin untold, Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold, Jesus, I come to Thee.