“And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
– 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 has an exact analogy to our spiritual walk.
In every believer there’s darkness and light, and yet he’s not called a sinner because there’s sin in him, but he’s called a saint because he possesses some degree of holiness (Colossians 1:12).
This is a most comforting thought to those who ask, “Can I be a child of God while there’s so much darkness in me?” Yes because you, like the day, don’t take your name from the evening, but from the morning. And you’re spoken of in the word of God as if you were even now perfectly holy as you will be soon (Romans 3:21-26, 1 John 3:2).
Notice that the evening comes first. We’re in darkness first, and the depth of our sin causes us to cry out, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.”
Then comes morning, it dawns when grace overcomes our sinful nature (2 Corinthians 5:21). So even though you are naturally darkness, when you become light in the Lord, there is no evening to follow — “Your sun will never set again” (Isaiah 60:20).
The first day in this life is an evening and a morning; but the second day, when we shall be with God, will be a day with no evening, but one, sacred, high, eternal noon.
– Charles Spurgeon