Commentary By: Gordon King
We have heard it said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, and say it isn’t so. We all see things differently in this world, beauty, love, hatred, evil and violence. What is bad to one person is perfectly normal to another. What constitutes love to one person is seen by another as hatred, and vice versa.
The same is true between believers and unbelievers. Unbelievers cannot see the things of the spirit, they are foolishness to them, they can only see with their eyes what is physical, they can only understand the things of this world. Believers on the other hand can see what is physical but also what is unseen, the things of the spirit.
When a believer speaks to an unbeliever about the things of God he or she says that they “just don’t see it”, and this is the truth, they don’t nor can they! We as believers cannot expect unbelievers to see what we see, to know what we know, to understand the things of God and heaven above.
Jesus said “Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
He was not merely speaking about heaven, but about the spirit and the things of the spirit.
‘Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” ‘
Each one of us is born into this world in water, amniotic fluid, this is true. Yet, you must also be born of the Spirit of God in order to enter into the kingdom of God, born of both water and the Spirit, born twice! A person must be in tune with God in order to hear God, he or she must be on the same wave length, and this is only possible if one is born again.
In order to see spiritual things one must be born of the Spirit. The flesh cannot see spiritual things nor can it understand them. As children of God we have been born of the Spirit, we were made a new creation, a creation from heaven up above! We are made a new creation, given a new spirit from above inside of an earthly body. Our body is from earth but our spirit is from our heavenly Father.
When someone sees us they see a physical body, yet we are not our body but the spirit which resides within it, our body is the temple of God. What most people in the world don’t understand is that we are not from this world, we are aliens to the world, we are from another place, a heavenly place! Our home is with our Father in heaven, and all of us as believers should be longing to return.
The world hates us because we are different, because we are alien, because we are from a place where our Father resides. They hate us because they don’t understand us, they hate us because they themselves are in rebellion to God. They hate us because God also resides in us, and although they don’t know it they sense it!
There is a realm which cannot be seen with the naked eye, a realm of the spiritual dimension. This realm is very real, much more real than the world we live in. Only those who can spiritually discern can see this realm, for it is of the spirit, and it is where God dwells.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, the spiritual realm. God is Spirit, and one must be born again, born twice to see God, know God, and the things of God. Therefore it is impossible for a person not born again to know God or the things of God.
However, it is God who opens the eyes and ears, God who softens the heart, God who convicts us of our sins. God can and does draw people to Him, it is not us who seek God but God who seeks after us! And when we tell people what we know about God they can receive it or not, depending upon if they are ready to receive it.
If an unsaved person continually rejects God, if they continually turn away in rebellion, then God will give them over to a debased mind, He will blind them to the truth and they will believe lies.
I don’t know who will accept Christ and who will not, but God does! And when a person is ready to receive the good news then they will. We are not the ones to prepare a person to accept Jesus Christ, God is. However, we are used by God to spread His message, to shine His light, and to be a beacon to the world. We are used by God to pray for the lost, to help those in need, and to share His love. We are ambassadors of Christ and for Christ, this is our mission, this is our calling.
People of the world do not know what is behind all that is happening in the world today, they believe that it is all by chance, that things are the way they are just because that’s how they are, because man has made a mess of things, and man has! Yet, there is much more to it than that, things are falling into place according to God’s will, according to His plan, and yes, He is even using Satan and demonic spirits to aid in fulfilling His purpose.
If we merely look at the world though our physical eyes then we will have fear, we will be deceived, and we will be led astray. But we are not of this world, we can see with our spirit the things of God. We are one with God’s Spirit and He is one with ours. We must overcome our flesh, our temporary home, for we are a new creation, a spiritual creation, this is who we are in Christ.
One day soon we will be free from this physical habitat, we will be freed from this world of evil, chaos, and violence. The work that God started within us will be completed, we will be given a new immortal body, and we will be like Christ! We will be in the presence of our Father in heaven forever, no more pain, no more tears, no more suffering! Peace, joy, and happiness, worshiping God for eternity! Eyes have not seen nor ears heard of the things God has prepared for those that love Him!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!