The Wonders Of Light
A Key to a Chart entitled "GOD is Light"
The following paper, by brother L. M. Grant, beautifully sets forth the spiritual truths suggested by Pure Light and the colors thereof as seen through a spectrum. The various attributes and characteristics of our Triune God are gloriously portrayed and give many thoughts for reflection and meditation.
The Chart will be helpful in distinguishing these truths at a glance, and can be used as a reference while reading the Key.
May the Lord richly bless these precious truths to many readers.
D. T. J.
- Pure Wite Light
- The Tri-Unity Of Light
- The Light Divided
- Orange, Or Copper
- The X-ray
- Gamma Rays And Cosmic Rays
- Wireless Waves
PSALM 19 bears beautiful witness that our sun is a majestic illustration of "the shining forth of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6 N.Tr.). While the sun itself cannot be seen because of its dazzling brightness, yet the light which streams from it, and is of itself, we behold with pleasure, saying that we have seen the sun. And in one sense it is truly so. Thus, as we see the Lord Jesus Christ, we see the Father. "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father" ( John 14:9).
1 John 1:5 tells us, "God is light." It is His eternal nature. But Christ is "the light," - the manifestation of God. (Note: John 1:9; 8:12.) This of course is Divine light, spiritual light, of which natural light is but a symbol, marvelous as are the properties of the latter.
Natural light in itself is actually purest white. If a prism is used through which the light is refracted, this will break up the light into all the colors of the rainbow seven visible rays and two invisible (the infra-red and the ultra-violet). All of these in their symbolism develop various lovely characteristics of the glory of God.
Light too is the source of all color. We may speak of an object having a certain color, but the color is not really in the object, but in the light which shines upon it. The object simply has the propensity to reflect a certain ray of light. Grass, for instance, has in it the ability to reflect the green ray, and the light falling upon it therefore makes it appear green. This may be easily proven negatively by the fact that in darkness all color is completely absent; or positively, by using a prism to direct the divided rays of the sun upon an object. The object will appear in the colors of the rainbow. How clear an illustration of the fact that the believer's virtues are not of his own making: if he shines for the Lord, it is but the responsive reflection of His own great light, which produces various becoming responses in various saints. May we respond in greater measure to this blessed light and to its many characteristics.
Pure White Light
In the accompanying chart, it will be noted that the first column presents light in its pure whiteness, before its rays have been divided. Light therefore is a marvelous Unity, though composed of so many and various constituents. It may well amaze us to consider that the sum total of all color is pure white. But how appropriately symbolic of the glory of our God in His perfection of unity, - for He "is one God," - in His perfection of purity, "for in Him is no darkness at all," -and in His perfection of wisdom, - for He is "the Ancient of Days... whose garment is white as snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool" (Dan. 7:9). We may remark also with adoring reverence that these characteristics of Deity are in Scripture fully applied to our Lord Jesus Christ, as for example Matthew 17:2, speaking of His transfiguration: "His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light." Also Revelation 1:14, "His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow."
Consistently with these thoughts, there is nothing in creation that bears more striking witness to the Eternity of God than does pure light. Astronomers today inform us that by means of the Mount Palomar telescope, light has been photographed proceeding from stars over one billion light years distant! This leads many of them to conclude that space is endless. But when light, traveling 186,000 miles per second, requires over one billion years to reach us, the very thought of such time and distance staggers our limited minds. And while even billions of years cannot of course approach eternity, yet such time so far surpasses man's comprehension that its glorious voice should bow our hearts with thorough faith in that sublime word of Psalm 90:2, "From eternity to eternity Thou art God" (New Translation). This verse also is clearly applicable to our Lord Jesus Christ, Who Himself asserts in John 8:58, "Before Abraham was, I am."
Man has his many imitations of white, as of all other colors, as Scripture records, but needless to say, nothing that we know on earth can equal the pure whiteness of light. Snow is the closest approach to it, and the believer cleansed by the precious blood of Christ, from the guilt of his sins, is made "whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7).
In contrast to this, black is not properly a color, but the absence of all color: it shows no response to any ray of light. What a picture of the sad, miserable state of one who chooses the darkness of his own sin and unbelief, and by so doing also chooses "the blackness of darkness forever." On this dreadful theme we do not dwell, but would affectionately warn those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ to flee from so awful an end, by trusting Him as Saviour now. "Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out" are His own words. Then, joined for eternity with those who are of the light, redeemed and made white through the blood of the Lamb, how the heart will echo those words, "Truly the light is sweet" (Ecclesiastes 11:7).
The Tri-Unity Of Light
The second column of the chart now shows that, if light is a unity, it is just as definitely a tri-unity, or trinity. For there are three prominent rays, each completely differing in character, and as various in their effects. We surely need not be surprised to find them beautifully significant of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These are Red, the heat ray; Yellow or Gold, the light ray; and Blue, the chemical ray.
First therefore, in the red we find the warmth of light, that which, though invisible, may be felt, - teaching us the attractive, warming, drawing energy of the love of God. This suggests to us the Father's heart, the Father's love, so constantly referred to in John's writings. Not that love is confined to the Father, of course, for every attribute of God is the attribute of the Trinity. But love is particularly characteristic of the Father; and though the Father Himself has not become visible to us, we may yet feel and enjoy His love.
But the light ray - yellow, or gold - is visible, for this is the ray of illumination and of clearest brilliancy. It is not felt, but seen. Hence, it represents the blessed Son of God, "the true Light" Who has come into the world; for as this ray is both revealed and revealing, so all spiritual illumination must come to us through the Son, Whom we have been so privileged to behold on earth. Blessed that Light that both reveals the glory of God, and reveals us to ourselves, as under the eye of God!
Lastly, the blue ray is neither felt nor seen, and yet is well known by the chemical effects which it produces, such as the transformation of substances, the developing of plant and animal life, etc. Unobserved, unfelt, yet these processes are continually in operation, and even our materialist friends benefit by them, however gravely they may assure us they do not believe in what they cannot see. The strength of this chemical action is in fact increased at the end of the spectrum, and greatly so in the invisible ultra-violet. How clearly a symbol of the quiet, invisible work of the Spirit of God, effecting new birth in souls and steady growth in grace, operating in mighty, yet silent efficiency. Compare John 3:8; Ephesians 3:16. Miraculous surely, but nonetheless real and blessed such transforming power!
Do we not see in these then a marvelous picture of the whole Trinity engaged in wondrous service to man, and yet in perfect unity? - in the Father, the warmth of love; in the Son, the radiance of light; in the Spirit, the mysterious power of life. Where light is, all these must be found together. How this draws the renewed heart in worshipping adoration of the eternal God revealed to us in His beloved Son.
The Light Divided
But let us now consider the complete color division, found by means of a prism refracting the light. While the colors of the spectrum actually blend gradually, with various shades connecting the prominent colors, yet the keenest eyes readily discern just seven distinct visible colors. This is a lovely witness, first, that God's glories are always blended or intertwined one with another, and secondly, that what is revealed to us of God in the Scriptures (for Scripture answers to the refracting prism) is in itself perfection, for seven is the number of completeness or perfection. Again, it would teach that the Trinity is the Center of all perfection. Simple, yet profoundly blessed truth!
The third column in the chart gives us the complete division of the light ray so far as science knows it today. The fourth column then lists the spiritual significance of each ray. It will be seen that on the chart the seven visible colors are marked off from the visible rays by a solid line extending through the fourth column above violet - power, and another below red - love.
The prism itself does not reveal to our eyes the additional rays at either end of the spectrum. Infra-red adjoins the red, and the deep, penetrating heat of this ray is well known. Does it not instruct us that the love of God (which red signifies) is infinitely beyond our capacity to understand it? It passes knowledge (Ephesians 3:19). Thus the very nature of God -Divine love - is revealed to us in the Scriptures, and we bask in its blessedness, yet it has depths we cannot explore. Feel it indeed we may, but cannot explain it.
On the other hand, the invisible ultra-violet, which borders violet, must also tell us of something inscrutable, we may be certain. And since we have seen on this end of the spectrum the potent chemical ray representing the mighty though silent working of God's power, then does not the ultra-violet bear witness that God's ways and capabilities are infinitely beyond our understanding? "How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!" (Rom. 11:33). This is said in connection with His counsels involving mercy to both Jews and Gentiles. Those counsels and His power of execution, while we know something of their perfection, are yet "past finding out." Just as His love passes knowledge, on the one hand, so on the other hand do His capabilities. Blessed the knowledge that "this God is our God!"
Now that we have seen the peculiar chemical power on the violet end of the spectrum to be significant of the power of the Spirit of God, let us a little more analyze the truths taught by the three distinct colors visible on this end. For it is interesting to note that these three are closely connected, as are also the three on the lower end, while green, in the middle, connects the two groups.
Of all colors blue is far the most predominant in creation as we see it, for it is the color of the seas and the lakes generally, as well as of the heavens. Yet how arresting is the fact that this blue color of water and of the heavens is completely intangible. It may not be handled: we may seek to approach it closely, but it is gone from us: there is no examining it: it is beyond us, mysterious as it is beautiful. Yet earth is completely surrounded by this glorious testimony to the beautiful though mysterious truth of the great Supremacy of our God. For Scripture constantly employs blue as the heavenly color, and in it we are taught surely the source of all power, that is, that power is from above, as Nebuchadnezzar was told by Daniel, "Thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule" (Daniel 4:26). How suitably then this refreshing color teaches us that our God is infinitely above us, - "The Most High," "The High and Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity," Who dwells "in the high and holy place" (Isaiah 57:15).
Throughout the Word of God too, this majestic attribute of Deity is in the fullest way ascribed to the Lord Jesus Christ. "No man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man which is in heaven" (John 3:13). The grand mystery of His eternal Godhead and of His true Manhood in one blessed Person, is clearly involved in this striking verse, which establishes the fact that He is the only capable witness of heavenly things.
Blue also is the refreshing and invigorating color. And there is nothing like a true perception of the Supremacy of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to stimulate the believer with fresh and real spiritual vigor.
Above blue is a color that only the keenest eyes discern with clarity. It has been called indigo, but is evidently a more blue-violet color. It seems that this would connect with the purple of the Scriptures, speaking to us of royal dignity and authority, the absolute prerogative of "The King Eternal" of holding all government in His hand. If, as we have seen, He is supreme, then authority also must be His, and He rightly requires subjection from every creature. But as regards the fact that this color is not easily if at all discerned in the spectrum by most eyes, might we suggest that this strikingly illustrates man's common imperception of the principles of God's true government. Nothing is more often misinterpreted or disregarded, - and this too even among the people of God. Does the reason for this not lie mainly in man's desire to have things ordered in his own way rather than bow to God's authority? "Yet have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion" (Psalm 2:6), is the Divine decree. Here again we have implicit testimony to the Divine glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. He who subsisted in the form of God, has been made in the likeness of men, becoming obedient unto the death of the cross. This same Man, because He is the eternal God, and in answer to His work of redemption, is given absolute authority over all things, "that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:10, 11).
Violet now, with its increased chemical powers, most naturally fills its own place as indicating to us the actual exertion of power by which Divine authority is executed. Mysterious, silent, yet indescribably potent this great power of our God. Ephesians one speaks of God's magnificent counsels, and the chapter appropriately ends with a sublime account of the Divine power that thence accomplishes His will. Paul prays that believers "may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named" ( Ephesians 1:18-21) .
With what amazement and wonder are we filled in contemplating the mysterious power of God in the bodily resurrection of Christ, His release from the grave-clothes and a sealed tomb, in His bodily entrance into the upper room where the doors were closed, and in His bodily ascension into Heaven itself. But here is power we are expected to know-through the Word of God, just as violet is made visible by means of a prism. And the believer does know this power, however little he may understand its magnitude. It is the power of life. Let us be reminded, however, that beyond violet is the invisible ultraviolet, symbolizing a living power that is not so revealed, but is beyond our comprehension. I am not aware of any Scripture that refers to actual violet color, and if this is the case, the omission itself doubtless holds instruction for us; but this may be left to the reflection of the reader.
It will be observed that just as these colors at this end of the spectrum are closely related, so also are those Divine glories of which they speak:
- Blue, Heavenly Supremacy;
- Blue-violet, Royal Authority;
- Violet, Living Power.
Are these not grand characteristics of God's glory that have been revealed in the Word of God, just as a prism breaks up the light ray and reveals its glorious hues?
Returning now to the red end of the spectrum, we might remark that red is a color greatly used in Scripture. Its main significance seems to be in its attracting character: it is outstanding, and claims attention. Hence we have seen that it illustrates the attracting and attractive love of God. This too is simple of application when we think of "the precious blood of Christ": it has peculiar attraction for the repentant sinner. On the other hand, red is sometimes used in an evil sense, - "sins red like crimson," "the great red dragon," etc.; and such instances of course show the attractive character of what is contrary to God, imitations by which men are deceived. It is also used in connection with judgment, the Lord Jesus Christ "red in His apparel, treading the winepress alone" (Isaiah 63:2, 3). Here He draws men to Him, but for judgment. What may be to one the welcome warmth of the love of God, yet proves to another the consuming heat of His judgment. Solemn, yet evident lessons commonly taught by the heat of the sun. In all here said, let us notice that the feelings are prominently involved.
Orange, Or Copper
Next to the red we find the orange or copper color; and for the meaning of this we have but to turn to Scripture with its numerous references to copper (usually translated "brass" in the Authorized Version). The altar of burnt offering and the laver of the tabernacle (Ex. 38:1-8) are prominent instances, the former made of acacia wood and covered with copper, the latter of copper alone. Capable of a very high polish (the laver in fact made from reflecting mirrors), copper is the fiery color, and signifies the immutable, unchangeable character of God in absolute holiness. "Our God is a consuming fire" (Heb. 12:29). The altar itself speaks of Christ, the wood of it His lowly Humanity, the overlaying copper testifying to His Deity. The burning of the animal sacrifices upon that altar bears solemn testimony that the judgment of God must be exercised in perfect consistency with Divine holiness, according to the very character of God, whose principles can never vary. How this speaks of the blessed cross of Christ, where sin has been judged, our sins atoned for, and God eternally glorified, consistently maintaining His own character. How solid a basis for the fullest confiding faith of the believer is the truth contained in that brief word, "I am the Lord: I change not" (Malachi 3:6).
It will be noted here also that copper is found between the red and the gold, - the love of the Father and the light of the Son, - as though merging these two grand characteristics. James 1:17 speaks of "the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning"; and Hebrews 13:8 describes the equal glory of "Jesus Christ, the Same yesterday and today and forever." Thus our God's great attribute of holiness we find perfectly blended with love on the one hand and truth on the other. Judgment itself is consistent with both. Truth or righteousness alone does not necessarily imply feeling: but holiness does, for it involves love of what is good and hatred of evil. Therefore, it is a fitting link between the feeling found in red and of the truth and righteousness in gold.
Of all colors gold is by far the most often referred to in Scripture, and generally too in reference to the metal. "Yellow" is used in a few cases, all but one of which use a Hebrew word denoting a golden color. It is the glittering, brilliant color, visible for the longest distances, and speaks surely of "the brightness of God's glory," the manifested glory of God in pure truth and righteousness, and thus, as we have seen, a clear symbol of the Son of God. We can therefore understand how we find this so greatly abused through the deceit of Satan; and gold, because of its great value, is in Scripture often connected with idolatry. But such imitations tell us that here we have something that men consider well worth imitating. Therefore let us seek more earnestly to know the great value of this wondrous manifestation of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
The leading lesson in the golden light ray therefore is the manifestation of God as He really is, and the counterpart of this in its making manifest all things as they are. This is absolute righteousness, absolute truth. John's epistles particularly dwell upon these grand and blessed themes: "We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous" (ch. 2:1). "Ye know that He is righteous" (ch. 2:29). "And we know that the Son of God is come and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life" (ch. 5:20). Indeed, both the Gospel of John also, and Revelation, are full of such golden glories. May our God grant that such pure, welcome light might fill our hearts with its radiance, banishing the darkness from every little corner, and filling our souls with adoring worship of the blessed "Son of His love." For it is surely with reason that John warns in the last verse of his first epistle, "Children, keep yourselves from idols" (ch. 5:21). All light other than that of our holy Lord is imitation, and therefore darkness.
Green, as we have seen, is the central color of the spectrum, and consistently has in view the freshness of a flourishing productivity, which alas, on earth soon withers and fails; but which in our God is eternal in the same pure and blessed freshness. When our Lord says, "Behold I make all things new," it is perpetual newness of which He speaks, that from which the freshness can never wear away, eternal fruitfulness, filling the heart with ever fresh delight. "What have I to do anymore with idols? I have heard Him, and observed Him: I am like a green fir tree. From Me is thy fruit found" (Hosea 14:8). Let us note that the fir is an evergreen, that which does not fade and wither. This beautifully portrays the great attribute of the grace of our God, that fruitful principle of Divine favor, so contrasted to the withering influences of legality which only "brings forth fruit unto death." Grace is that which "brings salvation," "teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world" (Titus 2:11, 12). This is the one blessed principle which can both produce such fruit for God and which can maintain such fruit in abiding freshness. "Your fruit shall remain" (John 15:16).
In contrast to blue, which is intangible, though encircling our whole globe, green is the predominant color by which earth is blessed; and the grass, the leaves of the trees, etc., in their green beauty, we may handle and examine all we please. This is grace come right down to us, the grand favor of the eternal Creator. How restful and lovely a background too this forms for all the variously colored flowers and fruits of earth. For, having the central place among the colors, it is a uniting color, bringing all into magnificent harmony.
Let it be observed that the three colors on the upper side of the spectrum do not teach us God's moral character, but His greatness; while the three on the lower side denote His blessed moral characteristics. Grace is pure Divine favor -much as we have deserved the reverse, - and it grandly links together truth, holiness, and love on the one hand, with supremacy, authority and power on the other. For as well as having goodness and moral beauty in it, it must have ability or power, for it is the actual bestowal of favor. Blessed to know that our God has the desire to bless, the right basis on which to bless, and the ability to bless. All of this is sweetly involved in His grace. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast" ( Eph. 2:8, 9). No more can our works merit the grace of God than that such works could succeed in bringing about the green beauty of earth in the springtime. It is the gracious and sovereign work of God. May we never cease to praise His glorious Name!
Other Invisible Rays
It is also of absorbing interest to consider that there are yet other invisible rays beyond the ultra-violet and infra-red on either end of the spectrum. Only in comparatively recent years have they been discovered, but X-rays, found above the ultra-violet, and wireless waves, beyond infra-red, are now well known and used in all the world.
In the X-ray man has discovered a power that enables vision to penetrate matter. It is significant that this ray is on the ultra-violet end of the spectrum, with its mysterious powers of radiation, now greatly used by man, but requiring utmost caution. It does not of course penetrate all substances, (if so of course it could not serve man's X-ray purposes), but how forcibly would it impress upon us that matter is no obstacle whatever to our God.
If man has thus learned to see through material barriers, through means God has provided, how much greater in this respect must be the ability of God! Does it not teach us therefore the omniscience of the eternal God? - that is, His absolute knowledge of everything. "0 Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, 0 Lord, Thou knowest it altogether. Thou has beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: it is high, I cannot attain unto it" (Psalm 139:1-6). Peter too confessed this infinite omniscience to be true of the Lord Jesus Christ, "Lord, Thou knowest all things" ( John 21:17).
Is it not transparently clear to us that God is demonstrating to man, by wonderful natural means, the greater truths of His own eternal power and Godhead? Blessed the results for that soul who honestly faces the fact that he is searched through and through by the holy yet gracious eyes of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Gamma Rays And Cosmic Rays
Closely following the discovery of the X-ray was that of the Gamma ray, just above the X-ray (of a similar character also, but more potent); and the cosmic ray, of which very little is known except that it evidently emanates from outer space. But both are known by their deadly powers of radiation, and are connected with man's recently discovered ability to split the atom and unleash forces of terrifying power. Indeed, it has been a matter of world-wide alarm that God has allowed man to be in possession of power so immense; for it is evident that neither is he honorable enough to be trusted with it, nor capable of controlling it: hence the world trembles with fear.
Yet our God has been using this power through ages past in great blessing to mankind, for the sun itself is one vast atomic generator. These rays of awe-inspiring potency then are but a faint illustration of the mighty omnipotence of God, - He who possesses all power, Who alone can be trusted with it, Who alone has ability to direct it in perfection. "Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with honor and majesty. Who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment: Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain" (Psa. 104:1, 2). All of this is really a fuller development of what we have already seen in the ultra-violet. But again we do well to consider that this great attribute of Deity is also unequivocally ascribed to the Lord Jesus Christ in the Word of God, as for example in Hebrews 1:3: "Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His Person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power."
Finally, wireless waves, on the lower end, are no less amazing. What rapidity of communication do we have here! On earth, time and distance barriers are completely eliminated, as man now has learned how to send both sound and images at the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second! Not that the sound or image actually travels, but rather they are literally translated into waves by the transmitter, and translated back again by the receiver; so that in actual fact this mysterious wave becomes a swift messenger, bearing its message to the opposite side of the world in one-fifteenth of a second.
This does not of course eliminate the question of time and space in reference to the stars, but it is a natural phenomenon well calculated to bow the heart in wonder at the greatness of the God of nature. If man has learned to communicate instantly with his fellow-creatures around the world, by such God-provided means, will he not give God credit for the ability to communicate in marvelous ways also? Indeed, if through these miraculous properties of light, one may be flashed on a screen, active and speaking, from New York to Hong Kong, instantly, how much more may the Eternal Creator overcome all the barriers of time and space to communicate with man? Here we find implicit testimony to the omnipresence of God. He is such that He can be everywhere at once, as no creature can. "Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall Thy right hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee" (Psalm 139:7-12). Thus, natural light is by no means a necessity to God, as it is to us: it is rather provided for the blessing and welfare of His creatures. But how wondrously it teaches us concerning the infinitely greater glories of the Lord our God. And Scripture too bears witness that the omnipresence of Deity belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ. How sweet the comfort to those who are saved by the grace of God, in our Saviour's living words, "Lo, I am with you alway" (Matt. 28:20).
How fitting that these mysterious rays outside of the color rays should thus bear clearest testimony to the omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence of Him Who alone is worthy of the profound adoration of every creature, - God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Yet we may be sure that if our ignorance has been a little enlightened by these marvelous things, they are still but a very small part of the truth, though containing seeds that may be endlessly developed. The Word of God - and may we search it more earnestly - will be seen to give these colors and subjects much further amplification, adding many thoughts consistent with the fundamental significance of these, and contributing to the perfection of unity in the Godhead Glory as symbolized in light. The Lord give us grace to rightly comprehend these things by the teaching of the Spirit of God, and have thus a deepened appreciation of the wondrous glories of "our own God."