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The Essence of Light.

"Now, Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things that are not seen." (Hebrews 11 verse 1 KJV.)

In the beginning of our new birth, faith is a spiritual concept, as yet seemingly having no form.  The abstraction of faith is birthed in the brain (mind) of man through the processing of our natural senses in relation to the environment around us.  The Apostle Paul writes about Godly faith coming into our being through our hearing, and the hearing by the Word of God. Therefore, our beginning spiritual logic is that without the substance of the brain to process the hearing, sighted or tactile information, then the beginnings of abstract faith cannot exist in a person, simply because it takes the substance of the brain to process and store information, and then the mind to conceive any relative thoughts, spiritual or other wise.  It is then, through the substance and inertia of the thoughts of the mind, which are electro-chemically formulated within the grey matter of the brain, that we can begin to embrace the substance of the possibilities of the spiritual, the evidence of that which is not seen by the natural eye.  And so, the spiritual substance of God's Salvation faith can change the root substance of unbelief in the neuronal mind of man, and initiate the beginnings of new unseen possibilities, within the spirit mind and soul of the recipient.

And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if any man love God, the same is known of Him. (For Amplified version see 1st Corinthian 8 verse 2 thru 3.)

On the matter of faith in the Eternal God, it is impossible to receive from the unseen Person of God, except through holy faith in Who He IS, as seen in the Spirit of His unfailing Word.  Therefore, as we think or believe in the substance of the mind, and then initiate through faith in the True Word of God, so we become, through new seeing faith in the Holy One, Who promises Life more abundantly.  True Godly faith, although it may not be seen, is active and alive, and moves the thoughts of the heart of the believer, into the heart of God our Savior.  The birth of this unseen holy substance of faith in the promised Salvation Word of God, is prepared to wash and renew the substance of the mind and soul of our being, into the active essence of love, hope and humility through God's gift of beginning faith But without faith it is impossible to please Him: For he that comes to God must believe that He exist, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11 verse 6.) Is it possible to see this active essence of God's fruit of God's Spirit working within the spirit of a person of faith?

We conceived within the mind the following series of paragraphs to challenge your invisible thought processes, and the powers of spiritual deductions, contained within the spirit mind of your being.  Perhaps, when all is finished, the true substance of our Communion with the Spirit of our Savior and with one another, will begin to take on a different spectrum, apart from the natural senses.

To begin our perceptual exercise into faith and light, and to challenge the mind’s learned understanding, let's consider a portion of the first article of the definition of the word “SPIRITUAL.” 1: Of or pertaining to spirit, as distinguished from matter; having the nature of spirit; consisting of the spirit; incorporeal: not tangible or material. The definition is from the Funk and Wagnall Dictionary. 

Now, with this conventional and yet linear definition established in the spiritual essence of our mind, let us reason together: Are there any unseen properties of the full spectrum of light energy, known and unknown that might be considered spiritual or having the essence of spirit?  By gleaning from the science of physical light, we may have an even better perspective of the spiritual Light, which is constant in the universe and active in the Word of God.  Hopefully, our little study in the greatness of our God of the creation of all things, will bring forth a greater living faith in those who believe in Him, and those who are yet in darkness.

Consider this: Without special interventions, there are elemental properties of natural light, which cannot be seen, and seemingly would fit within the definition of spiritual.  The unaided eye of man can only see with the illumination of what would be understood as white light.  That same white light diffused through a prism, reveals the broader color spectrum and properties of light, as expressed in the colors of the rainbow.  The simple prism began to expand our understanding of light energy, and revealed what was hidden from our natural view. 

And so, this same multiple expression of white light, seen by its refraction through the prism, is also seen through its illumination of matter, as it interacts with our surroundings.  The whole of the earth, glories in color through the full spectrum of emitted light energy, as seen through the eye, and processed by the brains visual system.  Remarkably, this glorious photoelectric processing in the mind of man, is only partially understood in medical science.  And the Creator God, Who created the eye, said by the Power of His Eternal Spirit: "Let there be light".

There are other multiple expressions of light energy, more appropriately known scientifically as electromagnetic radiation, all of which remains totally invisible to the naked eye. It is only through the instruments of spectroscopy that the diverse natures of light are known to exist through their exertion of measurable and observable force. Generally, the remainder of the electromagnetic spectrum consists of gamma rays, x-rays, infrared, micro-waves, radio waves and ultraviolet radiation.  The smallest unit of this measurable light or electromagnetic force is called a photon. Remarkably for our consideration, the photon, as quantum light, is now considered as multi-phased, exhibiting both properties of wave energy, and particle energy at the same time.  In this case, could the wave energy, having no matter, be considered spiritual?  But then again, neither the wave energy nor the particle energy can be seen, in what science defines as a photon. In all cases of the electromagnetic spectrum of radiation, every one of the forms of light energy, without adequate protection can absolutely kill all life forms.  The linear definition seen in the dictionary of that, which is defined as spiritual and is made acceptable in the mind of man, is not definitive in the light of all things and how all things came into existence.  The Eternal Creator God is absolute Light, and by His Word brought forth light energy and the substance of all that exists. Now, if this faith premise can be received as spiritually unseen, and yet is substantial truth by what is manifested in the earth and the heavens, then what is the relative substance of the Word of God?  The incarnate Man, Jesus Christ, the very Word of God, says, I AM the Light of the world; and, "I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me".  (John 8 verse 12 and chapter 14 verse 7).

No human can live, let alone come into the presence of the Infinite radiation and holiness of the unchangeable Lord God Almighty, except that a person be made in the image of Jesus Christ, the Light and Savior of this darkened world of sinners.  If Faith has a substance, then so does the Truth, for the Spirit and the Truth are one, being made flesh and blood in the embodiment of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.  Therefore, the substance of the Way and the Truth and the Life, is one substance in the Word of God made flesh and blood, and is not a passive allegory for carnal man to trivialize in their understanding of spiritual.

Moving on in our relative spatial time, we know that energy can change the state of matter. For an example: In a fluorescent tube, when the flow of electric energy is applied to the gaseous matter through the electrode, their atoms are excited and emit photons causing the gas to fluoresce into different colors, depending on the elemental gas.  The colors in order of discovery were blue (Mercury), white (Carbon dioxide), gold (Helium), and red (Neon).  God's light energy, physical or spiritual, can change our perspective of possibilities, when brought to conception within the substance of the mind. The substance of our thoughts can be changed, when we begin to search for Truth with all of our hearts, and when we find and receive the absolute Truth, Jesus Christ, then the light of the Truth within God's Spirit of Grace begins to illuminate our understanding, and sets about the liberation of our darkened hearts. Then shall you call upon Me, and you shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. And you shall seek Me, and find Me when you shall search for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, says the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity. (Jeremiah 29 verse 12 thru 14 .)

The unseen God, by His Word of Power, is the Creator of the seen and the unseen.  In the rush of this natural life, we tend to take so many things for granted, and fail to behold the unseen supernatural Grace of God, working for our good.  For that matter, in our natural earthly setting, we may not necessarily see, or comprehend the power and energy that is necessitated in the change of the elemental natures of matter.  If we have so little understanding for God's Glory and Power revealed in nature, how then do we comprehend the Glory and Power of the Word of God that changes willing hearts? The power, we seek to know, is revealed in the Person of Jesus Christ, Who is the Light of the World, and the WORD, born the Son of God.  With faith, we began to understand that the scriptures, although inertly written with ink upon paper, spiritually became actively alive within our hearts, with the Water of the Word of God remaining fluid in the presence of the Power of God's Holy Spirit of Grace, to wash and renew hearts and minds that remain open to the Love of the Father God.

With the water of the Word of God in mind, let us present a metaphoric illustration of the unseen power of the universe, to help make a change comparison, of the natural to the supernatural, and then give an opportunity for the natural mind, to either fathom or reject the potential for the supernatural.  In our simple example of change in the natural; one atom of hydrogen and two atoms of oxygen, bond to form one molecule of water H2O.  Electrons orbiting the nuclei of an atom's outer rings are the principle agent of molecular bonding. Each elemental gas of Hydrogen and Oxygen gives up its solitary existence, and unites to form one molecule of water. The abundance of liquid Water is essential for all life.  Freeze the water, and it exist or is transfigured into another state of solid ice, without noticeable fluidity, that is, until an outside heat force greater than 32 degrees Fahrenheit is applied.  Near earth's ground zero, when heat energy equal or greater than 212 Fahrenheit degrees is applied to water, then the liquid is charged to a boil, and gaseous steam is emitted.  In any state, whether it be liquid, gaseous or frozen, it is still H2O, regardless of the natural energy that is applied to its elemental nature, electrolysis not with standing. So then, what is the state of your faith's understanding of the potential of the Water of the Word of God; frozen cold, or fluid and charged with expectancy?  Can the degree of a man's faith in the Word of God, limit God's response to that faith in anyway?  (For a few frozen examples see (Matthew 13 verse 54 thru 58), (Luke 16 verse 29 thru 31), (Revelation 3 verse 15 thru 16), See the Israelites in the desert, Adam and Eve in the Garden).

In the Lord's Transfiguration on the mount when Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus Christ, what was the substance of His transfigured Being in those moments of time? (See Matthew 17 verse 1 thru 6.) Within the infinite substance of His Person - when the risen Jesus Christ first appeared to the apostles in the upper room - was He physical or spiritual?   Then again, is the Light of the world, and the Creator of the universe, limited only to the form of our defined understanding and knowledge of the spiritual?  Was He not glorified in both the spiritual and physical at the same time through the Holy Spirit of God Who was One within the Son of God and the Son of Man?  Once again, if our understanding is limited in the natural world, then what do you suppose the degree of our ignorance might be in the supernatural realm of the WORD of GOD, the Creator of all things?  Finite man, must plead his overall ignorance, to the glorious Word of God that maintains the universe, and yet looks into the very depths of the heart of man, and can the bring light in the hearing of faith to the substance of the mind. But, behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I Am well pleased; hear you Him." (Matthew 17 verse 5.) The I AM that I AM, the only True Constant of the universe is the Light of the world, and is only limited in the closed heart of the person, who remains frozen in unbelief, and that person does not even know the substance of their own soul, and whose thoughts remain oblivious to the Infinite substance and power, which is contained in the Word of God.

Seek you the LORD, while He may be found, call you upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My Thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater: So shall My Word be that goes forth out of My Mouth: It shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing where I sent it. (Isaiah 55 verse 6 thru 11.)

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Robert Glenn Pratten with my beloved wife Rose Labez Pratten