John 14:9 NASB
“Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
Colossians 1:15-20 NASB
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation: for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”
Hebrews 1:3-4 NASB
“And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, to the extent that He has inherited a more excellent name than they.”
Sometimes, the reality of who Jesus is and what He shows us, of His and our heavenly Father, creates a thought in one’s mind of the beauty and wonder of what God our heavenly Father has done for us, through sending us His only begotten Son. When you stop to think about it, how could there be any other possible way that we might learn of God’s nature, and still maintain the necessity of faith in God, that our heavenly Father requires? Hebrews 11:6 refers.
I’ve said before in another post, that unless one has been given a glimpse or awareness of God’s holiness, it would seem to me, in my admittedly limited mind, impossible to comprehend the reality of how different God is from us. And one of the wonders of our God is that He is a loving God. Can you imagine if He wasn’t a loving God?
And God, our heavenly Father is holy. Holy is just a word that we use to identify the reality of God’s presence and being. Holy, holy, holy. The only analogy that I can think of, where our complete being is exposed to the reality of God’s holiness, is perhaps the difference between being lightly sprayed with water, and being totally immersed in water. The difference is like night and day. I have tasted of that complete immersion (I saw nothing and heard nothing) and it defies description, other than I knew beyond all doubt, that I never wanted to leave His presence. Never, not for anything, ever.
And yet, in the vast majority of times, as we walk this journey of faith, the light spray is what we infrequently are given. And, it is enough, to continue walking in faith, for now. But our hope, that which we look forward to, that which we hope to realize, is to see our God face to face and to know Him as we are known. And for those who endure, this is indeed, the promise that we have been given.
When I read the words that Jesus left us, when I consider the words of the Apostles, including Paul, we see that awareness to the reality, holiness, purposes and wonder of God, realized in all that they say. Walking in this world and not becoming of this world is not easy. Distractions or off ramps from that straight and narrow path abound and our own humanistic nature is frequently at war with who we are in Christ. But we who believe have not been left alone as orphans, nor have we been left defenceless. God’s Holy Spirit lives within us and we have His armour to daily put on.
I know there is a vast difference between Jesus and me. And not all of us have been called to be a Peter or a Paul. I know I’m definitely not. But being faithful sometimes means just being true to God exactly where we are, serving those to whom God has put before us, according to His purposes and to His glory.
Endure to the end where you have been planted my brothers and sisters, in due course we shall receive that which we have been promised.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!