On seeing and believing…

Let’s take a moment to talk about a phrase that is familiar to most of us (one that we have all probably heard someone use in a conversation). The phrase is: “I’ve got to see it to believe it.” This principle of “seeing is believing” is a tenet by which this world and its’ unredeemed people live. We should not discredit or demean this fact. It might even surprise us to know that our God designed it to be this way. True belief must rest upon something solid – something that can be observed, tested or experienced personally. What we believe, must be the result of something real, something actually observed or experienced individually. God has taken great care to make Himself obvious through the world He has created. Scripture tells us that, “Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities — His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) And in the Old Covenant record, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)
Scripture tells us that God has designed His invisibility to be visible through His act of creation. How much greater, then, is His design to make Himself visible through His act of the new creation? When we begin to see this truth we begin to see the amazing opportunity afforded those who have become disciples of Jesus. God’s great plan is to reveal Himself – yes, His eternal power and divine nature – through His ultimate creation… redeemed and regenerate humanity!
This is exactly what Jesus taught His disciples in the Sermon on the Mount. He must have staggered their imaginations when He told them, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise [literally: glorify or worship God as God] your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
God’s great intent behind the salvation and redemption of humanity was that He would become like a shining light of hope and truth in and through those who are living each day in loving covenant relationship with Him. Jesus’ “city on a hill” reference tells us clearly that Christians are meant to be seen – and what is seen in them is meant to cause others to see the wonder and majesty of Almighty God and be drawn into that same loving, covenant relationship.
For those outside of the Family of God, they really do need to see to believe – and they are meant to see the wonder of God, as He really is, through His New Covenant people. God has fully intended that He be observed, tested and experienced personally through those who are true Christians.

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I have spent years studying the Scriptures and seeking for God's answer to the question: What IS true Christianity? Let me share some answers with you...
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