One verse caught my attention:
Eph 3:9 And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things.
Paul was a genius. Yet with his brilliant mind and strong character, the only thing he could do was merely “serve God” by persecuting believers. In this situation, God could not send any man to him, except the light. Many people are able to argue concerning the truth, but all arguments will be over after God comes in as light. We need such shining, or, the enlightening.
2 Cor 4:6 Out of darkness light shall shine, is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
God is light; after the shining in Damascus, the Lord continued to shine in Paul’s heart. Such shining is enlightening. Matt 13:33 tells us that the overcomers will shine like a sun. After waves and waves of shining, Paul became the light of the world.
This is why in Acts 13 Paul said “I have set you as a light of the Gentiles, that you would be for salvation unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Paul was shining! His commission is to turn people from darkness to light, to deliver people from the authority of Satan to God. What a commission!
On one hand, it is altogether God’s mercy that we may receive such light; on the other hand, this spiritual light could only be received by our spirit. Maybe we will never experience the shining Paul experienced on the way to Damascus, but after we enlightening after enlightening, we are filled with light, constituted with light, then wherever we go, we just shine.
Eph 3:3 By revelation, this mystery was made known to me.
Our commission is not to go disciple the nations in an outward way of preaching the gospel and shepherd new believers, but to be filled with Him as light. So when we gather, there would be a glorious corporate expression to shine Him forth.
Sharing by D. Y. (a trainee) from his enjoyment in the full-time training.