Friday, November 16, 2007

Access by Faith in Jesus Christ

1 Corinthians 13:12, "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known."

Concerning our understanding of the love of Christ, we see through a veil. This is because we are sinful, and He is pure and sinless. We serve a God Who is wholly good and just, and Who is completely void of spot or stain. We want to know as much as we can so that we can be like Christ, but we are not allowed to look at Him because of our sin. We dwell in these mortal "tents" and to behold the full, glorious knowledge of the love of Christ is something that we are destined to someday experience, but not now.

King David expressed this idea in Psalm 17:15, "As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness."

Because of all this, it is only dimly that we can now perceive the supreme perfection of His wonderful, matchless love. Still, the hope within us is kindled and burns brightly with expectation that one day we will comprehend all things because we will be in His likeness.

Even though we may feel constricted in our knowledge, we are never limited in our access to our Heavenly Father. The veil that once prohibited us from His presence is torn and put away. By faith, we may approach Him through Jesus Christ. This wonderful news may escape our mental comprehension level, but we do understand by faith.

Mark 15:38, "Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom."

2 Corinthians 3:16, 18, "Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."

Becoming Christlike is a progression, and it is not dependent upon how much we know; it is dependent on how much we trust.

Love, Karen