For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].
1 Corinthians 13:12, The Amplified Classic
He did not consider His equality with God something to be held tightly to His chest, kept for Himself alone. Therefore He gave it all up to become one of us. He is the ultimate Preacher of the Gospel to the poor. He is the eternal Healer of the brokenhearted. He is not the prison guard as some may believe, but He is the only One Who holds the Key; His death tore the veil, His precious blood opened up the new & living way in which the captives are set free from sin, His resurrected Life now living within believers around the globe. Following in the footsteps of our Forerunner we now find ourselves in the very presence of God Himself; living boldly in the Throne Room with His righteousness wrapped ’round us like a garment, our consciences cleansed, His law written on our once stone hearts that have been transformed into flesh, we now see God as Abba, as Papa, as Father.
He gave up His position to enter the battle. Of all the wars this world has known since its creation, none were as important as this one, nor as historical…this one shifted the very foundations of the Universe as to blot out the sunshine on the first day, and blot out death on the third day. Of all the lives laid down for nations’ freedom’s, none can compete with His. His work once and for all at completion He is seated at the right hand of the Father. His human body, the vehicle for the heavenly combat, though disfigured more than any veteran of war has ever known, is mangled no more. His nail-pierced hands and feet, His side-gash from the sword, are His only scars. We do not look on Him with pity because the ravages of war have had their way with Him…mind, body and soul. He is our great warrior King Who led captivity captive; Who conquered sin and grave; He is the One Who says, I am He that was dead but now I am alive forevermore.
This and so much more is a labor to believe when all that contradicts it inundates our every waking moment. This is where the prayer in Ephesians 1:17-21 enters into our modern world:
[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,
Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places],
Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.
Beloved, let us not end there. For what is true of Him is also true of us. Stroll with me into Ephesians 2:5-6 where it is written that in God’s great mercy and love for us,
Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus.
May He give us hearts to receive, eyes to see, and ears to hear that this…this is the Great Spiritual Reality brought to us by our Warrior King. It is a position of faith being the assurance of the things we hope for, the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality – faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses. Amen.