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The ninth plague can initially seem a bit anticlimactic. The previous eight calamities have been nasty, foul, loathsome, repulsive, disgusting, nauseating, painful, distressing, dreadful, shocking, and even deathly. Yet this plague brings only darkness. Seriously? That’s all you got!
Everyone knows the familiar passage John 3:16. But in the context of the rest of conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus reveals the ONE THING that everyone both inside and outside the church walls should know. "You must be born again."
Did you know that the word in the New Testament that we translate “church” is made up of two Greek words? The first word is “ek” meaning “out” (like in our word “exit, or exodus”). The second word is “kaleo” meaning “call.” When combined, they mean “called out.” As the group of believers, we are the “called-out-ones.” We are called out of a fallen world, from our old fallen selves and we are called unto Christ. But we are not only called out to grow and become like Christ, but we are also “sent back” into the fallen world as the Lord’s ambassadors to be part of the Lord’s redemptive plan in the lives of other lost people. The Lord did not intend for us to “just get saved” but to purposely grow in Him and to take on His heart of redemption of the world. As you read through the following verses, note how both the “growth and the sending” are each stressed. We cannot be progressing in our relationship with Christ if both are not happening in our lives. Think carefully where the Lord might be prompting on one or both of these areas. Don’t remain idle.
John dwells on the topic of confidence in this section asking how we can know that we are abiding in God and then also asking how we know that God Abides in us. In response to these questions he gives areas of life in which we can see evidence that confirms and affirms the presence of abiding (or lack of evidence which shows an absence of abiding). John gives us a cycle or wheel of confidence where we abide in Christ and see evidence that confirms that Christ/God is abiding in us that helps us to abide in Christ. As we continue to go around the wheel we deepen our walk with God and He continues to transform into His likeness. The evidence that we see gives us confidence that when Christ appears, or when we go to be with Him, that we will not be ashamed but welcomed at His appearance.