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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Christmass 2011 at the Whisnant's

Light and Darkness Outline


Charles e. Whisnant,
Christmas Service December 25, 2011
Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio
John 1:14  & Selected Scriptures

To start, we need to know that light is a significant metaphor in Scripture and the word “light” occurs on the very first and very last pages of Scripture, and more than 250 times in between.

In order to enter into the way that biblical authors use light as a metaphor, we are going to spend a good amount of time reading passages of the Bible so that they can shape our imaginations.

I desire that  we will  see Genesis in a different LIGHT  and we look at how Scripture uses LIGHT as a metaphorical imaginations in Scripture.

First, God creates light as something of an antidote to darkness.
Light comes from God. God does not create darkness.
1.     Psalms 89:15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD.
2.     Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

Second, light gives order to creation and makes life possible.
1.     Psalm 56:13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

2.     Isaiah 45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.

3.     Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.

Third, we see in the Genesis account that it is God’s word, that it is God’s very speech that ushers in light.
1.     Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. 
2.     Daniel 2:22 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
3.     Isaiah 10:17
4.     1 John 1:5