Seal yourself off from distractions, get comfortable, and take today’s words in for a tremendous blessing. As with all study of Scripture, what you get out of them will be in proportion to what you put into them.
We start with a question: Do you realize the importance of seeing from God’s viewpoint? This is profound.
Seeing from God’s viewpoint is the only way, the only truth, the only life – every other way is futile, a lie, and death. Jesus addressed this on the mount: The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matt. 6:22-23).
We are full of light when we see as God does that we already partake of the divine nature – we are already here at His right hand in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus (see 2 Peter 1:3-4; Eph. 2:6).* God tells us this not only through Peter and Paul, but through Jesus as well. The particular word of His we will press into now was spoken to the truth-seeking Pharisee Nicodemus in emphasizing the necessity for rebirth via the Spirit of God: And no one hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended out of heaven, even the Son of man, who is in heaven (John 3:13 ASV). This requires both our meditation and God’s revelation. (You may benefit as I did from seeing all the English translations of it on one glorious page via this link to BibleGateway.com)
Do you see it? All who go into heaven do so because in Christ they already are in/of heaven. In Christ, both our origin and our true abode are here in the heavenly realms. Aliens truly have come to earth: we who have been born of the Spirit of God by faith in Jesus Christ are not of this world – we are aliens (John 8:23, 18:26; 1 Peter 2:11; see also Romans 12:2).
Children of God, do we apprehend who we are?! May God cause us to relinquish self-efforts and BE what He has already made us: the holy Body of Christ! I pray that the Lord grant us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation as we read and meditate upon this glorious TRUTH. (And please do rebog this or email it to other believers!)
To shed more light on this essential matter for the Church, I include and will end with these words spoken by Watchman Nee sometime between 1938 and 1942 (as published in What Shall This Man Do? Christian Literature Crusade, 1973, pp.161, 166):
“You advance spiritually by finding out what you really are, not by trying to become what you hope to be. That goal you will never reach, however earnestly you strive. It is when you see you are dead that you die; it is when you see you are risen that you arise; it is when you see you are holy that you become holy. Seeing the accomplished fact determines the pathway to the realizing of that fact. The end is reached by seeing, not by desiring or working. The only possibility of spiritual progress lies in our discovering the truth as God sees it; the truth concerning Christ, the truth concerning ourselves in Christ, and the truth concerning the Church, the Body of Christ….
“…it is something to be seen by the Holy Spirit’s revelation to our hearts, and not till we see it do we know our heavenly calling. That calling does not call us into heaven, but makes known to us that we are of heaven and in heaven. So the Church is not a company of Christians working their way heavenward, but a company who are actually now citizens of heaven. Remember again: No man hath ascended into heaven, but … the Son of man, which is in heaven. The Church need not pray that she may become like Christ. She needs only to see her place there in union with her Lord.”
Apprehending and living God’s glorious truth with you in Christ, your sister deanna
first posted Aug. 11, 2015 with the title On the Importance of Seeing from God’s Viewpoint