Indeed, as Mac’s Musing said….. the source of the Light is Jesus. The lampstand represents those who witness to this dark world the testimony of Jesus. The Lampstand = showing forth the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ to others…speaking His testimony to others.
Yet, if we lack the “first works” that should abound in us along with His knowledge….(the first works: the temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, love that should accompany it)…then we become “barren” and unfruitful with the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our witness of His knowledge gets removed…as the lampstand gets removed by Him every time we speak so that others will not hear us without these things abounding in us. We become barren and unfruitful with His knowledge as those who may hear will not.
Again, without these first works abounding in us, the lampstand is removed every time we speak His knowledge to others.
Others will not hear (as the lampstand is presently being removed by Him). We then become barren and unfruitful in the knowledge of Him even though we may understand all mysteries and all knowledge.
Peter 1:5-10 KJV (5) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to
your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; (6) And to knowledge
temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; (7)
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness
charity. (8) For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you
that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our
Lord Jesus Christ. (9) But he that lacketh these things is blind, and
cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his
old sins. (10) Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make
your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall
If we have not love, we become as a sounding bass or a tinkling cymbal to others. Although we may understand all mysteries and all knowledge….but yet have no love, then we are nothing as the lampstand gets removed every time we speak His knowledge to others.
1 Corinthians 13:1-2 KJV (1) Though I speak with the tongues of men
and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or
a tinkling cymbal. (2) And though I have the gift of prophecy, and
understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all
faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am
If we do these things....the “first works”, then we shall never fall. The church of Ephesus had fallen from these things.
2 Peter 1:10 KJV (10) Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence
to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye
shall never fall