We can all agree the world surrounding us can be dark and I don’t have to get into to much detail on the why, right? This would be one depressing and surprisingly similar to a news article if I did go into some of the tragedies of the world. I can just simply sum up why there is so much darkness of the world with one powerful scripture “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT
Satan and darkness are one in the same. 2 Corinthians 4 , is one of my favorite chapters of the Bible and going to include most , if not all, of the scripture I will bring up today. If you have not read the second letter to the Church in Corinth (2 Corinthians) I would highly recommend the whole letter, not just the the 4th chapter. Here is a sum up of the letter: Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Church in Corinth kind of as a reconciliation. This church was one of the many churches that apostle Paul helped form ( Acts 18), he would help create the church, make sure it was stable and then move on to where ever else God needed him. After he left he received news that the people of Corinth were not following the word of Jesus and just a bad report in general. This is the reason for 1 Corinthians, the first letter to the church. After the first letter there was a tense visit where he helped straighten out some of the wrong doings and then after he left he wrote what we call the second letter to the church of Corinth or 2 Corinthians, as a letter of reconciliation. Apostle Paul was letting them know that he still loves them even though the visit was tense. A couple other things he brings up in this letter is what it really means to follow Christ. Apostle Paul was poor, at times homeless, did manual labor and was often persecuted. Some rich pastors with nice things came around the church and the followers started to question apostle Paul based purely on worldly things. The Church had a false view of what it really means to follow Christ. That was one of the many things the Apostle addressed in this letter.
Now back to chapter 4! First thing I must address is how can they call Satan the “god of this world” or “god of this age”? This is just saying he is the major influence on the people of the world and their wants, ideas, goals, views ;. This means since Satan influences most people, Satan also influences what ever most people (the unbelievers) invent, teach or organizations they are involved in. This means that government, educational systems, huge organizations/companies and what ever else you can think of , can be under the control of Satan’s lies and deceptions.
***This is also a major thing to remember during times of spiritual attack.. when you think “why me, why not Joe down the street that is always doing ungodly things” .. Satan already is “Joe down the streets god ” , he wants to fight for those who know the truth and who are the light .. those minds that he was unable to blind.. he wants to derail the true God’s army, those who follow the Lord Jesus Christ, not fight for someone who is no threat to him. So although following Christ might cause some extra opposition from the enemy, the eternal reward is worth it! ***
We are so blessed by the act of Jesus Christ! Because of his act of love we no longer are living in darkness, under the control of his lies and deceptions. Instead we live in light of Christ. Litterally the light of Christ is inside of us! This light is shining in our heart. Below is one of my favorite scriptures. Through us sharing in the death of Christ, the life of Christ will be seen in our bodies! So the suffering that Satan intended to lead someone astray can actually be used to lead someone to Jesus! There is blessings in suffering no matter how hard they are to see. I like to think about us being the clay jar (like in the scripture) and with every bit of suffering we endure there are some cracks in our jar. When we devote our life to Jesus the jar is filled with light. The light is the glory of God. When believers see the light it strengthens their faith bringing them into a more intimate relationship with Jesus! When unbelievers see the light they are led that much closer to devoting their own life to Jesus! So when we are filled with this light guess what it shines through … the cracks. Do you understand what I am saying … Satan’s plan of bringing you suffering ,God turned around and used those plans to give you and others a glorious gift! The glorious gift of a closer relationship with God, which in return gives you a fuller life that is full of His unfailing love and peace. Let your light shine out of those cracks! Shine your light onto this dark world!
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
2 Corinthians 4:6-10 NLT