Ephesians 5:8 – “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] LIGHT IN THE LORD: walk as children of light:”
We are only the light in the Lord because we have faith in His finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection. We do not receive or obtain or are the light in the Lord through any other way/means other than through the Lord Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery (as opposed to the Lord Jesus Christ according to His earthly ministry (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John); or according to the Lord Jesus Christ according to Israel’s New Testament (Hebrews-Revelation). See 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 16:25-27; Ephesians 3; Colossians 1.
Ephesians 5:14 – Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
The Apostle Paul isn’t speaking in the context here that signs, miracles and wonders are still in effect today and that someone rose from the dead (like those knuckleheads in mainline denominatinalism profess to believe and do today), he is saying that we should turn from unbelief (thou that sleepest, because when you are in unbelief, you are as good as being dead), to unbelief in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection and He shall give you light (you will be saved unto the day of redemption, Ephesians 4:30).
Then we get this kind of light :
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
It means he bombards people with things that appear to be good (light). Like the thousands of denominations of “Christianity” out there, like applying the entire Bible to yourself today (the Bible is good, isn’t it? Going to church is a good thing, isn’t it?, trying to be a good person is good, isn’t it, after all, good people are pleasing to God, aren’t they? Meditation, yoga, saving the planet and trying to stop abortion are good things, aren’t they?). Light.
The Pope, your denominational preacher/teacher, Hare Krishna, Buddha, New Ager bunny hugging, tree kissing, rainbow purveyors are good people, aren’t they? Ministers of righteousness, not ministers of unrighteousness, or ministers of evil.
2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
That is what the Apostle Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles and the Apostle for this current dispensation said, “Therefore it is NO GREAT THING…..”
If the devil is transformed into an angel of light during this current dispensation IT IS NO GREAT THING that his ministers be transformed AS the ministers of righteousness.
So, who are the ministers of righteousness today? Who are the unsaved people who stand behind the pulpits today and preach that you need to DO WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN ORDER TO BE SAVED?
Not only mainline, institutionalised Christianity, but all other religions too – who claim to do works of some kind, who claim to believe in some or other extra-biblical revelation or book – IN ORDER TO BE SAVED, OR TO PLEASE GOD TO THE POINT WHERE HE SAYS IT IS OKAY FOR YOU TO ENTER HEAVEN. My only question in this regard is, how do they know they have pleased God to the point where he permits them into heaven.
We are talking about good, unsaved people here who do not have an iota’s worth of faith in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s Cross and His resurrection alone FOR THEIR SALVATION, hence the reason why some of them (i.e., those who profess to be Christians), the very same people who believe in another gospel, which isn’t another – Galatians 1:6-7, which means they believe in another gospel because it isn’t Paul’s gospel (Romans 2:16), but that it isn’t another gospel (a foreign, man-made gospel) because it is Israel’s Kingdom Gospel, the Gospel of the circumcision (Galatians 2:7-9), of which Romans 10:9 forms a part of.
The flow chart is as follows:
Angel of light –
Ministers of righteousness –
followers of Christ according to His earthly ministry and followers of Christ according to Israel’s New Testament.
The Apostle Paul and his epistles are then used in a “drive by shooting” so to speak – when they want to chide or rebuke you into falling in line like the rest of the sheep.
Why does the Apostle Paul say AS the ministers of righteousness and AS an angel of light? Because the devil isn’t the purveyor of light, he is just using it to dupe you, and the ministers of righteousness are clothed in their own righteousness, because TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS, i.e., God’s righteousness can only be obtained/received by believing the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – and please note the Apostle Paul doesn’t mention anywhere in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 about doing any good work in order to be saved. Nowhere. Nada. (for the ignorant amongst us).
Is how and what we believe during this dispensation.
Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Read it carefully.