Verse of the day, look, compare translations –
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:5 NLT
The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5 NASB
The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it]. JOHN 1:5 AMP
As we look at this verse & consider “The darkness” (the world immersed in sin & in conflict with God’s purity) We see that “it” (darkness, world affairs) not only can’t stop “The light” (Christ) but it also can’t accept (comprehend) Him.
Just like physical darkness is overpowered by light so also Spiritual light, when shed on falsehood, the dark lies can not appropriate or absorb it. Darkness is unreceptive to The Light.
So Christ, not of this world, not only extinguish darkness, darkness (uncertainty & doubt) does not and can not set Christ apart from all the falsehood & prophets who also come around.
He is Holy, separated & given distinction above & beyond all other philosophy. He creates a relationship, not another religion made by man that measures our righteousness by what we can and can’t do but fully on what He has done for us.
Look at the definition of distinguish:
recognize or treat (someone or something) as different.
“the child is perfectly capable of distinguishing reality from fantasy”
synonyms: differentiate, tell apart, discriminate between, tell the difference between
“distinguishing reality from fantasy”
perceive or point out a difference.
“bees are unable to distinguish between red, black, and various grays”
manage to discern (something barely perceptible).
“it was too dark to distinguish anything more than their vague shapes”
The only way we can be separated from the world is to let Christ’s righteousness come alive in us. Letting His Holy Spirit come in & be part of us will help us (make us) distinguish between the lies & truth about who God is & what Christ has done for us.
Once we do that & continue to get into Him & let Him get into us we also become more & more like Him.
In Christ, Beetle