Faith and Sight

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Faith: The Sixth Sense

Faith is also the eye through which we see the unseen. Physical optics will not enable us to perceive God. He is a Spirit. Mortal eyes are too weak to discern “the invisible God,” “the King eternal, immortal, invisible” (Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17). We have to relate to Him as He is. “He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

In faith, we find a better way of seeing. Our eyes can play tricks. Even Plato, the greatest of the Greek philosophers, said nothing is ever actually how it looks to us. But Moses “endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). If he believed only what we saw, what would a blind man believe? Radio waves fill your room, but you might never know it if you didn’t have a receiver. One of God’s great Bible names is the Lord is there.

God is invisible Spirit, and that is that. It is as useless to argue and expect God to be what He is not as it is to expect the moon to be made of green cheese. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). They are on the track of truth. If we want to know God, that is how, because that is what He is like. Wanting a visible God has led people to vast mistakes. People have made God in their own image, which the God of the Bible certainly is not and which contradicts the second commandment (See Exodus 20:4). It has led to idolatry and the setting up of images and icons. Today, some treat the living earth as God. They can see it, and they have a pretty big god, but the God of the whole earth is still much bigger.

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