Though Now You See Him Not

1 Peter 1:8 -Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

1 Peter 1:9 – Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Humanity wants to physically see things. They want to physically see God before they believe. They want to see miracles, signs, and wonders reasoning that surely then they will believe. The children of Israel saw the Red Sea part and walked through it but did not believe. When Jesus Christ was on the cross, those watching said they would surely believe if he saved himself and came down from off the cross. Jesus Christ was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and walked the earth doing good, doing countless miracles, yet most did not believe. No matter what you see and hear, if you have a truth rejecting, unbelieving, dark, unrepentant, proud heart, you will not believe. Because faith is not based on physical sight and feelings, it is based on whether or not you have a heart that will receive the incorruptible seed of the word of God. Biblical faith is not based on us physically seeing or hearing or feeling, Biblical faith is based on the word of God. The Bible says that the just shall live by faith, and that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Physical verification may be nice, and you may think it would clinch your faith, and we may want to physically see God, but the Bible says he is invisible. He is declared to us by his Son, who is the express image of his person, the brightness of his glory. The Son has declared the Father to us. For those of us who are saved, we do see, but we see spiritually here in this current life on earth. 2 Corinthians 4:18 – While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. Believers have spiritual eyes. It is Jesus that heals the blind, it is Jesus that makes blind men see.

Though now we see him not. If you are waiting to see Jesus Christ physically appear to you before you will get saved, you will be sadly disappointed. The Bible says he is seated in heaven at the moment. He is the High Priest of all believers. He is the one and only mediator between God and man. He dwells in our hearts through his Spirit. He is not summoned, and he is not going to make a special appearance to you. It’s not because he cannot, but it’s because he will not. We live by faith, we are saved by faith, this life is about faith, and that faith will be tried, and then rewarded more than we can possibly comprehend. His physical appearing is not yet, but it is coming. Basing your salvation on what you physically see, hear and feel is dangerous. Faith is not a feeling. And feelings are dangerous, the first time feelings is mentioned in the Bible is when Isaac was tricked by Jacob into giving him the blessing. Feelings and sight, while nice, are not what our faith or salvation is based upon. The rich man in hell reasoned that if God sent back Lazarus from the dead, then his brethren would surely believe and not go to hell where he was. But Abraham said to him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Jesus prayed in John 17:20 – Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. This is us. Do you believe the word? Salvation is so simple, just believe the witness of God, receive the gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection in your place, which saves your life. But is it possible just to be satisfied with his word? Many people want more than just his word, just as the children of Israel wanted more than just manna. People want experiences, feelings, all of which cater to their lusts and sin and what they want to do. The Bible says these people have itching ears which turn away from the truth, these people give heed heed to seducing spirits, which seduce them from the truth, which lead them into error. God’s word is sufficient, and the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of truth, is sufficient. They all work in harmony, the Holy Ghost bears witness of the Son, he does not and never denies him, he does not contradict the word of God. Any spirit that does not confess the Son, any spirit that denies the Lord Jesus Christ, any spirit that denies the word of God, any spirit that caters to your dirty carnal sensual desires and dreams, any spirit that the world hears, is not a spirit of God. There are many false spirits, this is why God has given us his word, which is the lamp to our feet and the light to our path, which exposes lies, which destroys private interpretations, which destroys cults, which destroys false religions, which reveals the way, the truth, the life – the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ultimately it all comes down to us individually. You can be saved, and you can know you are saved. And this will give you confidence when he does physically appear. 1 John 2:28 – And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. The Lord Jesus Christ will physically appear again, we are in the last days, we don’t know how soon. For those of us who are saved, we will love his appearing, but for those who are not, this appearing will be eternal doom. But right here, right now – Is the word of God, is the gospel, sufficient for you? Or do you require more? Is the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, once for all shed for all, sufficient for you? Or do you need more? Then there is nothing left.

1 Peter 1 :23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

1 Peter 1:24 – For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

1 Peter 1:25 – But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

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