2 Corinthians 4:6. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Christian, your salvation is no less amazing, glorious, and spectacular than that very first day of creation when God said, Let light shine out of darkness.
When God created in Genesis 1 he was revealing himself. The light that broke through and shattered the darkness revealed the physical creation, but it also revealed the Creator. “The heavens declared the glory of God.” His love. His goodness. His perfection.
In Christ, God has brought about a new creation. Once again he has shattered the darkness with light. But not the physical light of Genesis 1. Rather, he has shattered the darkness of our hearts by shining the spiritual light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
When Paul says “the face of Jesus Christ” he is taking us back to Exodus again. In the Old Testament the word “face” and the word “presence” are the same word (paniym). Moses asked to see God’s glorious presence. But no one can see my face and live, God replied. Moses experienced a partial view of God’s glory, but, in Christ, we are experiencing the fullness of God’s presence in our hearts – the face of Jesus Christ.
What does all this mean? It means that we now have an illuminated heart.
An illuminated heart?
Yes. Just like God’s first creation illuminated our eyes and allowed us to see all the physical realities around us, now by the indwelling life of Christ, we have an illuminated heart and can see all of the spiritual realities around us – if we choose to.
Christian, think about what you know that others don’t. Think about what you can “see” that others are blind to. Because God’s light has shown in our hearts we can see into the deepest secrets of God, his mysterious redemptive plan through Christ. Are your spiritual eyes open? Are you daily looking into your illuminated heart to know the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ? Are you interpreting all of life through the lens of the cross and resurrection? Are you making daily choices from spiritual realities and eternal life?
Christian, do you even know what you have? Because you have an illuminated heart you know the meaning of life. You can see into the next dimension. You are engaged in spiritual warfare. You can hate evil and cling to good. You can hope beyond death. You can love beyond sensual experience. You can long for and see eternity. You are guided internally by the Spirit’s love in your heart. You can see transformation in others and yourself. You can pray in faith, believing, nothing doubting. You can see the upside down nature of the kingdom. First are last, last are first. Winning comes by losing. Strength comes by weakness. Living comes by dying. And most importantly, you understand all the mysteries of God and his salvation found in the God-man Jesus Christ.
Christ in us is the ultimate spiritual reality, the ultimate mystery, plan, and knowledge of God shining in our very beings. To see Christ is to see the face of God and live. God’s glory not just with or around you, but IN you. In you in the form of the life of Christ – his death and resurrection. This illumination by the Spirit now opens your spiritual eyes to understand all of life by the gospel.
“To live is Christ” is to have an illuminated heart by the indwelling glory of God. In Christ, we can truly know our God. We can look into God’s face and survive, because Jesus looked into the face of God and was destroyed in our place.
Do you believe that you have an illuminated heart? How often are you aware of the spiritual realities around you?
You in Christ
How does knowing that the Presence of God lives in you give you confidence to live within the presence of God?
Christ in you
What is one way you might live from your illuminated heart today (the heart of Christ)? For example: loving and enemy, trusting God’s sanctification, awareness of spiritual warfare.
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