“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” -Matthew 5:8
To see God and to have the glory of his countenance shine upon you! It fills the heart with anticipation for heaven where we will fulfill our design by worshiping and enjoying Him forever. And yet, is that all that it means so “see” God? Is that future hope the fullness of this promise for those who are pure of heart? In Hebrews 4:16 the apostle Paul uses present tense:
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
He is telling the Hebrews that they can confidently draw near to the throne, now, in this earthly life! This was a brand new status quo. Before the death and resurrection of Christ, those whose hearts were bent toward God had no intercession between them and the throne room of the King. Those who shared the sentiments of David as expressed in Psalm 24:7 -One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple - had to rely on burnt offerings and ceremony and had to put their faith into a future hope. When the son of God took on flesh and became sin for us, everything changed. The veil separating us from the holiness we were not fit to even look upon was torn from top to bottom and a way was made for us to enter boldly into the presence of the most High God.
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Because the kingdom of God makes all things new and restores all things to their proper order in him and by him, it is no longer power that grants us entrance to the presence of the Most High. It is no longer status or ceremony that allows us to enter the holy of holies. In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus prophesies that it will be a pure heart that throws wide the doorway to the throne. A heart after God’s own, like David’s, bent after right standing with the Lord and enamored of his presence is the ticket to sit at his feet.
What does it look like, in this present life, to enter the throne room and have access to God? In John 15:4 Jesus describes the relationship he will make possible for us:
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
We are to be grafted into him, enjoying the intimacy of abiding in his very being, sourced in Him and supplied by him. This is seeing God indeed, though we do not yet get to gaze upon his unveiled face. He responds to purity of heart, demonstrated by faith, repentance, and humbly abiding in his presence, by revealing himself to us through his word and through his creation. He gives us renewed minds with which to understand with new eyes, seeing eyes, his glory.
But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. -Matthew 13:16-17
This is the sight of God granted to us, through the renewing of our minds and the purity of our hearts in Christ Jesus.
Daily Nourish serves to encourage Christians to honor God with all their heart, mind, soul & strength and to love their neighbor as themselves. Thanks for stopping by! Davina
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