How can God’s people rise and shine in this dark world?
Read Professor E.J. Young’s insightful comments on the Lord’s command (in Isaiah 60:1) to “arise and shine”.
“The command to arise is accompanied by the strength to fulfill the order. Of herself Jerusalem could not arise, for her sins had separated her from her God. When Christ commands the leper, ‘Be clean,’, the leper does not have the power to obey, but as Christ speaks the leper is cleansed. So when God through the prophet cries, ‘Arise’, He enables Jerusalem to arise. It is a word of power, as when Peter commanded Tabitha to arise (Acts 9:40).“
“I believe that the Son of God, through His Spirit and His Word, out of the entire human race, from the beginning of the world to its end, gathers, protects, and preserves for Himself a community chosen for eternal life and united in true faith. And of this community I am and always will be a living member.”
-from The Heidelberg Catechism, Q & A # 54
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