Experience the Light of God Within — A Quote by J. Brent Bill in “Minding the Light”

“Before Friends called themselves Friends they referred to themselves as the ‘Children of Light.’ They warmed to the spiritual idea of the immediacy of Christ’s presence preached by a young man named George Fox. He spoke of ‘Christ within’ each person, a presence he called the ‘Inner Light.’ That’s based on John’s saying that ‘the true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world’ — referring to Jesus as the true Light. From Fox’s preaching and their reading of the Bible, the early Quakers understood Jesus to be the Light of the world. They referred to Christ as the Inner Light alive inside everybody. They also chose the name ‘Children of Light’ because they wanted people to know that they were walking in the Light of God. Their name came from John’s Gospel that says, ‘While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become [children] of light.’ They wanted to be known as women and men whose faith grew from a direct spiritual encounter with the living Light of Christ. They believed this Light was present in every spiritual seeker as an inward guide and teacher. So they invited others to experience the Light.”

— J.Brent Bill, “Mind the Light”, Kindle location 292

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