Evening, July 9, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“God separated the light from the darkness.”– Genesis 1:4
A believer has two principles at work within him. In his natural state he was subject to one principle only, which was darkness; now light has entered, and the two principles disagree. Take careful note of the apostle Paul’s words in the seventh chapter of Romans: “For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.” How is this state of things triggered? “The Lord separated the light from the darkness.” Darkness, by itself, is quiet and undisturbed, but when the Lord sends in light, there is a conflict, for the one is in opposition to the other: a conflict which will never cease till the believer is altogether illuminated in the Lord. If there is a division within the individual Christian, there is certain to be a division without. So as soon as the Lord gives any man light, he proceeds to separate himself from the darkness around; he withdraws from a merely worldly religion outwardly ceremonial, for nothing short of the gospel of Christ will now satisfy him, and he withdraws himself from worldly fellowship and foolish entertainment, and seeks the company of the believers, for “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren.” The light gathers to itself, and the darkness to itself. What God has divided, let us never try to unite, but as Christ went outside the camp, bearing his reproach, so let us come out from the ungodly, and be a special people. He was holy, gentle, pure, distinguished from sinners; and, as he was, so we are to be nonconformists to the world, refusing agreement with all sin, and differing from the rest of mankind by our likeness to our Master.