And the evening and the morning were the first day.
[v.5] Genesis 1:5.
The evening was darkness and the morning was light, and yet the two together are called by the name that is given to the light alone! This is somewhat remarkable, but it has an exact analogy in spiritual experience. In every believes there’s darkness and light, and yet he is not to be named a sinner because there is sin in him, but he is to be named a saint because he possesses some decree of holiness.
This will be a most confronting thought to those who are mourning their infirmities, and who ask, Can I be a child of God while there is so much darkness in me? Yes, for you, like the day, take not your name from the evening, but from the morning; and you are spoken of in the word of God as if you were not perfectly holy as you will be soon. You are called the child of light, though there’s darkness in you still. You are named after what is predominating quality in the sight of God which will one day be the only principle remaining. Observe that the evening comes first