Defining The Light (Of Education)

I. Introducing Education as Light

A.  God created light out of nothing and therefore God pre‑exists light as we understand it from a physics definition. (Gen. 1:3)

B. God is described in terms of His creation; “God is light.”
(1John 1:5) Also, Jesus Christ is said to be “the light” in John 1:4.

C.  God is called our sun in Psalm 84:11.

D.  Jesus Christ as the manifest person of the Godhead is light. (John 1:4; 8:12; 9:5;  12:35, 36, 46)

E.  THREE KINDS OF LIGHT

  1. Actinic – light that is neither felt nor seen (ultraviolet spectrum)
  2. Luminiferous – light that is seen
  3. Calorific – light that is felt

THE THREE KINDS OF LIGHT ARE ANALOGOUS TO THE TRINITY

  1. Actinic – The Father, neither seen nor felt
  2. Luminiferous – Jesus, the light that is seen
  3. Calorific – The Holy Spirit, the light that is felt

F.  Light in its literal sense is absolutely necessary for man’s existence on the Earth. (Eccl. 11:7; 31:35)

G.  Israel received divine guidance from God during their wilderness experience in the form of the Shekinah Glory cloud, “light by night.” (Ex. 13:21, 22; 14:20)

H.  God is associated with light because He guides us through the darkness. (Job 29:3;  Psalm 18:28;   50:10)

I.  We should not fear, for God is our light. (Psalm 27:1)

J.  One of the articles of furniture in the Tabernacle (and later the Temple) is the Golden Lampstand (also known as the Menorah), which itself represents Jesus Christ.

K.  The gospel is called light. (2Cor. 4:3, 4; 1:10; cf. Acts 13:47; and Isa. 49:6)

M. God’s Word is presented as the light to guide our feet. Psalm 119:105  “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

II. EDUCATION IS LIKE THE THREE KINDS OF LIGHT

A.  Education that is

  1. This has to do with the physical.
  • Buildings
  • Structure of lessons and learning center order
  • Facilities
  • Classrooms
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Textbooks
  • PACEs
  1. But you can enter a building and no education is going on.
  1. You can look at Progress Report Cards, but grades can be falsified – was there a real education that took place?

B.  Education that is felt.

  1. This has to do with the feel of education.
  • Teacher-student
  • Student-student relationship
  • Lectures
  • Assignments and activities
  • Interaction
  • Laboratory experience
  • Socialization
  • Hearing a lesson
  1. The Apostle John spoke of “that which we have seen and heard.”
  2. This involves the senses – the experience of handling things.
  3. But is this really education?
  4. A part of it may be, but is this really education?
  5. Jesus was with the disciples for 3 years, yet asked “Have I been so long time with you?”

C. Education that is neither seen nor felt.

  • God is a spirit, and no one has seen Him.
  • The father, in His essence, goes beyond being seen or felt.
  • The true nature of education goes much deeper – it becomes indescribable. It is neither seen or felt.

III. WHEN DOES A PERSON BECOME TRULY EDUCATED?

A.  Can one say, “I have reached total education?” No.

B.  Apart from the reality of an infinite God being involved in the education process, no true education has taken place.

C.  Can we identify the ways that ACE® School of Tomorrow® causes light to be a part of the educational process of the students under our care?

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