The Face of Christ

ocean1“God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” -2 Cor. 4.6

Mankind is perishing for want of the knowledge of God. There are so many voices out there, so many things to pursue, so many paradigms to consider, that we can without effort be totally caught up in that which leads to spiritual death. The world has rightly been dubbed by the apostles a place of “darkness,” for virtually everything that grapples for our attention in this busy age is calculated to lead us away from the face of Christ.

But the Gospel is good news every morning, and its greatest characteristic is that is ushers us into “the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” To those who are still perishing, still dead in sin and lawlessness, the Gospel is veiled, for “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving.” (vv. 3-4)

The god of this age has not merely blinded men to the benefits of being saved, or the destiny that becomes ours in the Kingdom. The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelieving “so that they might not see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (v. 4) In seeing the face of Christ, which is His essence, His kindness, His purity and earnest love, we are brought into the Light of His glory. It’s not primarily by engaging a certain ministry, reading a new book, or even seeking after a new supernatural experience that we come into the knowledge of God’s glory. It is the inward gaze upon the face of Christ Himself that brings us into a vital, intimate knowledge of God and His glory. Dear saint, take the time today to still your heart from the hustle and bustle of schedule and ambition, to look deeply upon the Man, Christ Jesus. The promise holds firmly true, that He Himself will bring you into the very knowledge of God.

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