Shadows Of Light
|You often hear people quote this passage of scripture when referring to the shadow of Peter healing those who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits. At first glance, it appears that the writer of Acts is primarily speaking about the shadow of Peter’s body healing anyone that was exposed to his shady form.
This perception of shadows is primarily from a Greek mind. Therefore, I want to present a more accurate picture of shadows, in terms of God’s kingdom and how they will present themselves in the near future.
I want to begin by suggesting that the shadow of Peter was not created by the image of his natural body. There was a much larger shadow of presence and glory not visible to the naked eye, casting its light on everyone within its reach. In this sense, a shadow is the expansion of God’s glory overshadowing anyone and everything that comes into its sphere of influence. This type of shadow is not subject to the natural stature of any man or woman, but to the stature of the Spirit of God working in them.
Another view of this account would sound like this,
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Again, when it comes to shadows we think of a form of darkness created by light. Most think in terms of the angle of light and its interruptions by small and large objects, thus creating shadows.
Note that a more accurate translation of Psalms 91:1 is not living under the shadow, but “in”the shadow of the almighty.” This is a revelation of living in the light of God. We are in the Light, the Light is in us, and therefore, we are the light of the world. This transcends the idea of someone just watching over you. It’s depicts where God is enthroned in glory and power, the same realm of glory and power is where we are in Him and where He is in us.
From a natural view, a shadow is made when an object blocks light. The object must be opaque or translucent to make a shadow, which allows very little light through. A transparent object cannot make a shadow, as the majority of light will pass straight through it. From an eternal view, the objective is not to block light, but to become light and then transmit that same light around us. Thus, unlike natural light, we do not want to be opaque or translucent, but completely transparent.
This means any darkened state of heart and mind has the potential to block the eternal light of glory in us.
From a scientific perspective, we see the world by collecting light into our eyes. If no light were to enter our eyes from a particular direction, we perceive that direction as dark. If you are in a dark room, filled with various objects, everything is hidden until the light is turned on. Once the light is turned on, every object in that room reflects a measure of light. Therefore, light is impinging on our eyes from every direction. In that moment, we not only see light, but also are in the light.
In the emptiness of space, light (from the Sun) may be present but, with the absence of objects to reflect it to our eyes, we see darkness.
On the Earth, we are the objects of light that are destined to reflect the light of God in the darkness, thus bringing to light all that are purposed to live in the light, just as we are in the light.
Matthew describes everything attached to Jesus as becoming bright light. His face, his hair, his clothes, everything became light. (Matt 17:1-6)
This is a revelation of our true state in the Spirit. In the near future, everything we come in contact with has the potential to take on the form of light.
Afterwards, upon hearing the voice of God Matthew states,
“And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.” (Matt 17:6-8)
A time is coming, and now is, when many will see the light of God so brilliantly, that they will lift up their eyes and see only Jesus. In that moment, a shadow of glory will begin to cover the Earth and cities of light will spring up all over the world. Objects of light will become so reflective of the kingdom of God, so much so, that darkness, wherever it may be, will become places of glory for all eternity.
When Saul encountered the Lord on the road of Damascus he replied,
“Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ (Acts 26:15-18)
“The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light, and those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death, upon them a Light dawned.” (Matt 4:16)
Come on God!