Sons and Daughters of God


In Being the Light of the World, May 11

Christ Our Perfect Pattern Spiritually

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12. SD 138.1

It was morning; the sun had just risen above the Mount of Olives, and its rays fell with dazzling brightness on the marble palaces, and lighted up the gold of the temple walls, when Jesus, pointing to it, said, “I am the light of the world.” SD 138.2

By one who listened to these words, they were long afterward re-echoed in that sublime passage, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” 34The Desire of Ages, 463, 464. SD 138.3

Those who are sanctified through the truth, are as bright, shining lights, giving light to all that are in the house. Good works will be revealed in every true believer. The Lord can accept of nothing short of perfection of character, wholeness to God. Any half-hearted service will testify before the heavenly intelligences that you have failed to copy the Pattern.35The Youth's Instructor, October 13, 1892. SD 138.4

Christ's followers are to be more than a light in the midst of men. They are the light of the world. Jesus says to all who have named His name, You have given yourselves to Me, and I have given you to the world as My representatives. As the Father had sent Him into the world, so He declares, “have I also sent them into the world.” ... While our Saviour is the great source of illumination, forget not, O Christian, that He is revealed through humanity. God's blessings are bestowed through human instrumentality.... Angels of glory wait to communicate through you heaven's light and power to souls that are ready to perish.... If Christ is dwelling in the heart, it is impossible to conceal the light of His presence.36Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, 66. SD 138.5

When the Light of the world passes by, privileges appear in all hardships, order in confusion, the success and wisdom of God in that which has seemed to be failure.37Testimonies for the Church 7:272. SD 138.6

The gifts of light and life come to us together.38Letter 264, 1903. SD 138.7