Being Grateful To See

Reading through I Corinthians 13 there is a verse which makes a great illustration:

"For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known."

- I Corinthians 13:12

Now we see! Now we are able to see. Right now! Even if it is dimly, but we can see. And thank the Lord who opened our eyes to see, namely, to see Him, the one who created us. We should also be grateful that He fulfills our desire to see Him, He allows us to see His wonderful glory. ”He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6c) Are we grateful for being able to see in this dim mirror?

Back in the days when the Bible was written, it was popular to have a polished metal plate as a mirror, not as one of the glass mirrors we have nowadays. I would imagine it being as reflective as the surface of a fancy silver tray that we use in these times to serve beverages, but I assume even one of those trays might be better than the mirrors that they had. Those were their mirrors that were available millenniums ago, quite opaque compared to our modern mirrors. Using these opaque mirrors, one would have to focus and squint to really get an idea of what is being reflected. One would even grab a cloth and wipe away at this metal mirror to get a clearer vision. To clear up one’s reflection, per se.

Now, knowing and being thankful we have this opaque mirror in verse 12, here are some self-analyzing questions I make:

  • Am I seeking to see God clearly?
  • Am I grateful to see God?
  • Am I placing things aside, wiping away everything that opaques my vision?

All this considering, and also knowing, the undeniable fact that it is a great, great, great privilege to see God.

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13

Fear of the Lord: reverential trust, hatred of evil.

I am getting desperately afraid of going to heaven for I have had the vision of the shame I shall suffer as I get my first glimpse of the Lord Jesus; His majesty, power and marvellous love for me, who treated Him so meanly and shabbily on earth, and acted as though I did Him a favour in serving Him! No wonder God shall have to wipe away the tears off all faces, for we shall be broken-hearted when we see the depth of His love and the shallowness of ours.”

- C. T. Studd

"Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men" II Corinthians 5:11a

"For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!" I Corinthians 9:16

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.” Philippians 1:20

"These who have turned the world upside down have come here too." Acts 17:6b

God gives us what is needed to make this beautiful accusation personal and become abnormal towards the world and normal towards the Word.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6:12

As Christians, may the thought that we are not physically being persecuted, imprisoned or tortured lead us to be apathetic about the fact that we are all in the front lines of battle.

And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus… - I Corinthians 15:30-32

Once more into the fray.
Into the last great battle I will ever know.
Live and die on this day.
Live and die on this day.

Deliverance

Deliverance
[by Strahan]

[Verse 1]
Your love is a flood and I drink deep when the tide is up
Oh would you flood me too?
Saltwater in my blood has made me taste sweet to the world
Oh and you taste sweet too

[Chorus]
This is my deliverance hands held high as You deliver it
Oh, You have made me a child of God
My feet on the ground and my heart in heaven
I am bread made without the leaven
Oh, You have made me a child of God

[Verse 2]
I lay in the sand with sweet forgiveness in my hand
Oh as a gift from you
Your water floods my brain this grey cranium wont be the same
No where I’ve been won’t do

[Chorus]
This is my deliverance hands held high as You deliver it
Oh, You have made me a child of God
My feet on the ground and my heart in heaven
I am bread made without the leaven
Oh, You have made me a child of God

[Bridge]
And I won’t go
Until I know
That You have sown
All You have in me

[Chorus]

Strahan Deliverance

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go by George Matheson

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

hymn George Matheson

I John 3:2b: … it has not yet been revealed what we shall be …

Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life — gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. - Oswald Chambers

Oswald Chambers

John Frith, was waiting for his execution in the Tower of London, it was 1533. He was imprisoned for his faith; he did not believe in works-based salvation nor the Church’s views on Communion and Hell and for this he was sentenced to die as a heretic. His close friend, William Tyndale (translated the Bible and was the first to print the New Testament in English) had sent him two letters while he was in prison. This is the second letter:

Your cause is Christ’s gospel, a light that must be fed with the blood of faith. The lamp must be dressed and snuffed daily, and that oil poured in every evening and morning, that the light go not out. Though we be sinners, yet is the cause right. If when we be buffeted for well doing, we suffer patiently and endure, that is acceptable to God; for to that end we are called. For Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow his steps… For we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him; who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body; according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto him.


Its not confirmed if he ever got to read this letter. He was offered a pardon if he would renounce his views — he refused — later he was burned at the stake on July 4, 1533. He was 30 years old.
William Tyndale, was arrested a few years later and burned at the stake.
A lot of thoughts have stirred from reading this, but one more than others. Tyndale wrote, "Though we be sinners, yet is the cause right." Even if Frith was in prison, about to give his life for his faith, he was reminded of how unworthy we are of following Jesus. So unworthy we are, yet so worthy He is.


Source: The Voice Of The Martyrs

I Am

I Am
[by Crowder]

[Verse]
There’s no space that His love can’t reach
There’s no place that we can’t find peace
There’s no end to Amazing Grace
Take me in with your arms spread wide
Take me in like an orphan child
Never let go, never leave my side.

[Chorus]
I am,
Holding on to You.
I am,
Holding on to You.
In the middle of the storm,
I am Holding on,
I am!

[Verse 2]
Love like this, Oh my God to find!
I am overwhelmed what a joy divine!
Love like this sets our hearts on fire!

[Verse 3]
This is my Resurrection Song
This is my Hallelujah Come
This is why to You I run
This is my Resurrection Song
This is my Hallelujah Come
This is why to You I run
There’s no space that His love can’t reach
There’s no place that we can’t find peace
There’s no end to Amazing Grace

[Chorus]
I am,
Holding on to You.
I am,
Holding on to You.
In the middle of the storm,
I am Holding on,
I am!

I AM Crowder