Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
I am working with a document purporting to list the 100 most frequently cited Bible verses in the writings of early Quakers compiled from the Quaker Bible Index. The text below is third on the list. I have provided the AV-1611 (commonly called the KJV) as that would likely be how Fox and the first Friends heard this passage, and a more modern one (in this case the NRSV).
Acts of the Apostles 26:18 (AV-1611)
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Acts of The Apostles (NRSV - 1989)
to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'
Paul stands before King Agrippa and gives an account of his experience on the road to Damascus. Luke (the presumed author of Acts) has Paul place these words in the mouth of the resurrected Jesus. As such these words represent Luke's understanding of God's purpose for Paul's Gentile mission.
Example of Early Quaker Usage
Robert Barclay cites this passage along with if Ephesians 5:8, Colossians 1:13 & I Thessalonians 5:5 as part of his argument that the "Light" cannot be "any of the natural gifts or faculties of our soul, whereby we are said to be enlightened". In other words the light is not a natural part of our being even though it is universal. The reason for this is that the passages just cited depict darkness as the natural state of humanity, and the light that shines in that darkness cannot be comprehended by that darkness.