Thinking Eternally, Living Fearlessly Part 1

2 Mar

The Light shines out of the darkness

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness”  —He has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge  of God’s glory  in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 HCSB

The Greek online Bible lexicon says that God is light because light has an extremely delicate, subtle, pure, brilliant quality.  Light also refers to truth and the knowledge and understanding of the truth.   Jesus is truth and Jesus is light. The most life-changing experience it is possible to have is to receive the light of Jesus Christ in our hearts.  We receive it initially when we are saved and receive more and more light in our lives as we grow in our walk with Jesus.  As we gaze into His face and into His Word, we become more like Him.  It’s easy to study the Bible and forget that we are hearing the words of Jesus: our lover, brother, friend.  We CAN see Him face-to-face, albeit blurrily.

Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.  2 Corinthians 3:16 MSG

Now, on this earth, we can become more and more like Him–brighter and more beautiful–as we gaze upon His face.  Learning to think eternally means that we can look forward to our blurry knowledge of Christ become a perfect knowledge of Him:

For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [ by God].  1 Corinthians 13:12

The first time the word know is used in this verse it is the same word that refers to the intimacy of sexual union between a woman and a man.  We can grow to know Jesus in intimacy and oneness.  However, we can know someone sexually and still not know their deepest fears or desires.  The second time it is used is a bigger word which means to recognize and to know thoroughly and accurately.  ALL of our misconceptions about Jesus will disappear when we see Him.  I have to tell you, this thrills me beyond measure.  Thinking eternally brings peace.

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