Evil Only Judged Fully in the Light

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" With Thee is the fountain of life in Thy light shall we see light."
" Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness."
“ Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart."
" Then spake JESUS,.... I am the light of the world: he that followeth ME shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.' "
The Lord's purpose in trials is often to get at the root of evil. When the fruit from that evil root is seen, the saint himself is shocked and mourns over it very sincerely. But then fresh fruit springs and will spring from it as long as the root remains untouched; but coming to the light, it is discovered and judged. A Christian may be doing a deal out of the presence of God. Look at Job, and hear all his words; but at last the pressure brings him into the very presence of God (chap. 42:5, 6). Then his words of repining and complaint are stopped: " I have heard of Thee," says he, " by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth THEE: wherefore I abhor myself, etc." Nearness to God never lessons responsibility. When in the light, every speck will be seen; to the saint when caught up to meet the Lord; to the world when judged before the throne.
Light must make manifest (Eph. 5:1313But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. (Ephesians 5:13).). It could not hinder our joy because of our standing in such fullness of grace, and the grace too that is to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:1313Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Peter 1:13)). Peter never judged the self-confidence of his heart, that which had led to his fall, till the searching question of the Lord which brought out his reply, " Thou knowest all things." Sadly as he had failed, yet at the bottom of his heart, the Lord's searching eye could see that he loved the Lord. Notwithstanding his going out and weeping bitterly or the love for his Master manifested by his visit to the sepulcher, and his casting his coat about him, and going through the sea to Him, Peter was not restored till the searching of the Lord brought from him, at the third inquiry, " Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee."
But is there not a time when the counsels of every heart will be made manifest? (Rom. 2:1616In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. (Romans 2:16): 1 Cor. 4:55Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. (1 Corinthians 4:5).) The counsels of each will have praise of God; for every saint's heart, however he may fail, is to glorify the Lord. We may make many mistakes, and be drawn aside; but after all the counsel of his heart, his inmost desire, is to glorify God.
Peter could no longer appeal to his purpose (his acts of course not), but simply cast himself on the Lord's all-searching power: Thou knowest all things,"
Then whereas Peter had formerly in the energy of nature professed to be ready to suffer even to death, the Lord, now that He had searched him, shows that lie should serve in the breaking down of his own will, even unto the very death he, from truelove to his Master, desired to suffer, Then, and not until then, JESUS says, after this full revelation of what is involved, "Follow Me." Had there been any very deep work wrought in Peter's heart by the Lord's look that melted him to tears, he would not have been the first to say, "I go a fishing."