The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the LORD” (John 1:23)

The Evidence of Things Unseen

In the beginning a formless & void earth awaited light. And God said “let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). Then came visible substance.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was begotten (not created) in eternity past as “very God of very God” — one substance with the Father (Proverbs 8:22+; Psalm 2; Heb 1:5). Although He serves as the “image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15), Christ was largely obscured from humanity until the light of the incarnation unveiled Him (John 1:14).

Again, the seen follows the unseen.

Likewise God has proclaimed the immeasurable, invisible domain of the kingdom of God in, through, and for Christ Jesus our Lord (Eph 1:10; Col 1:16). It is not presently “of this world” (John 18:36). But God illuminates this kingdom as His people make Him known (Prov 4:18; Matt 5:14-16; Matt 24:14) to those with “eyes to see” (Luke 8:10; John 9:39; 2 Cor 4:3-6).

The kingdom will be fully displayed to all in the Day of the Lord (Matthew 19:28; Acts 3:21; Rev 1:7; Rev 11:15).

Unseen then seen.

Meanwhile, the heirs to the kingdom are those who have been reborn by the very same Spirit that hovered over the “waters of the deep” (Gen 1:2) at the foundation of the world. God has (re-)created for Himself a special people zealous to do His will (Eph 2:10; Titus 2:14; 1 Pet 2:9) and made us “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet 1:4). We are presently seated with Him in the heavenly places (Eph 2:6) because our citizenship has been transferred to the domain of our Lord and King (Phil 3:20; Col 1:13; Heb 12:22-24).

This earth and everything in it (including Israel and its temple) are a shadow of a much larger, brighter radiating reality. Believers in Christ, the true Israel of God (Gal 6:16) and the true Temple of God (2 Cor 6:16), possess the substance of the supernova of incoming Light (Col 2:17; Heb 8:5; Heb 10:1; Rev 21:22-25) through faith (Heb 11:1-3).

God is pouring out His Spirit even now in the midst of utter darkness (Acts 2:17; 2 Tim 3:1-5; 1 John 2:18,20). Therefore, turn from your present life (“repent”), immerse yourself in (“be baptized into”) the authority (“the name”) of Jesus Christ and you will be released from the power and debt of sin (“the remission of sins”) and receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).

If this all seems like foolishness to you, that is expected. Jesus even refers to skeptics as “wise and prudent” (Matt 11:25). God desires to inhabit the child-like (Matt 18:3), not people who are self-reliant and wedded to their present lives. You see, the thicker you become by internalizing this world, the harder it will be for you to pass through the narrow opening leading to the kingdom of God (Luke 18:25). Fear not, God can make the unseen appear in your heart through faith (Luke 18:27; John 1:12-13). Why not ask Him to do that?

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