Today, however, we still study the church in the broad sense; it is not a matter of building and properties. The church consists of born-again believers in Christ who have answered the eternal call of God. With the presence of God in His church, it is truly becoming a "living Temple" not made with hands. That living organization – – the church – –has answered the divine call of God and is busy reaching out to the lost of this world.
THE CHURCH CALLED --- out of darkness,
(5) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
(6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
(7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
God is light. His holy, pure nature is the wellspring of light. Darkness is the opposite of God. When man fell in the Garden of Eden spiritual darkness was introduced into the world. But just as in the beginning, so again God had to banish the darkness – – girst was His law, and then with his Son. He called to those who would follow from the kingdom of darkness "into his marvelous light." (I Peter 2:9)
The call to the Christians is to take Jesus Christ, the light of the world, to those who are in darkness. We, then, are reflections of God's light.