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"Brightly beams our Father's mercy

From the lighthouse evermore;

But to us He gives the keeping

Of the light along the shore."

       Published monthly by the church of Christ, 35900 Palmer Road, P.O. Box 86-233, Westland, MI  48186     

Volume 4                                                                   December 2004                                                                                    No6 

 

SEEING THE INVISIBLE

 

Fanny Crosby wrote many inspiring hymns, hymns that take on even more meaning once one learns that Fanny was blind.  In her hymn, “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”, she penned, “Here let me wait with patience, wait till the night is o’er; Wait till I see the morning, break on the golden shore.”  And, in the chorus of her song “Saved by Grace” she wrote, “And I shall see Him face to face, and tell the story saved by grace.”  Though Fanny could not see with her eyes, with eyes of faith she saw God and she saw heaven.  If you are reading this article, you are blessed to see what is visible in this life.  But, do you, as Fanny, see the invisible?  Moses, whose eyesight never dimmed though he lived 120 years (Dt 34:7), also had excellent spiritual vision, and as Fanny, saw the invisible.

            Moses saw powerful Pharoah.  He knew Pharaoh wanted to kill him after he killed an Egyptian in defense of an Israelite. (Ex 2:11-16).  But, he left Egypt, not fearing Pharaoh’s wrath. How was he able to do this?  He endured, trusting the One who is unseen to protect him. (Heb 11:27).  By faith, do you see God?  “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Rom 1:20).  All that you see with your physical eyes points to a Divine and Eternal Creator.  Look at the magnificent beauty of a sunset.  Do you see God?   How can you not?!!

            Moses saw the pleasure of sin and the treasures of Egypt.  But rather than enjoy sin and have great riches, he chose to suffer with the

 

people of God, enduring the reproach of Christ.  Why?  He was looking at the invisible- the reward (Heb 11:24-26).  However pleasurable sin appeared to him, he knew its pleasure was “passing”.  If he chose to enjoy sin for a moment, he would miss heaven, his eternal reward (and end up in the eternal punishment of hell).  He chose rather to live right and identify himself with his people- God’s people- and to take the suffering that went with it, in order to gain the reward.  Archaeologists have uncovered the fabulous riches of Egypt, such at those of King Tut.   Similar treasures could have belonged to Moses, the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  But his faith caused him to give up all that he could see in order to receive the treasures he could not see.  Are you looking to the reward?  Do you see heaven?  Does the sight of heaven cause you to refuse sinful pleasures?  Does looking to the reward give you the strength to suffer with others who do what is right?  Do you see that sharing the reproach of Christ is more valuable than all the treasures of this world?  

            Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eye is bad, your whole body will we full of darkness.  If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness.” (Mt 6:22-23)  The Savior taught that the light in your life depends on the light in your eyes.  If your physical eyes are bad, you live as Fanny Crosby did, in a world of darkness.  If your spiritual eyes are bad, you live in spiritual darkness.  Is God as real to you as your next-door neighbor? Is heaven as real as Detroit?  Do you see the invisible or are you blind?

FREE BIBLE STUDY ON FAITH AVAILABLE

Perhaps you wonder, “How do I develop spiritual eyesight?  How can I see the invisible?”  The answer is, “Through faith”.  Faith is a much-misunderstood word.  Sadly, even many religious people see it as “blindly accepting what I can’t see, even though it doesn’t make sense”.  The American Heritage Dictionary gives a definition for “faith” as used in this way:  “Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.”  Though we may use “faith” this way in our speech, the Bible never defines faith this way.  “Faith” is rather defined as reasonable trust or confidence that is based on evidence.  Throughout the Bible, God never once asked man to “check his brain at the door” and put his trust in Him without reason.  Christianity is a religion based on reason that can be explained from one person to the next.  Peter instructed Christians to always be “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Pet 3:15)

            The Palmer Rd. church of Christ would like to offer to you free of charge a study course entitled, “Evidences for Faith.”  The course consists of 10 lessons:  An introductory lesson on the meaning of “faith”, two lessons on reasons to believe there is a God, four lessons on reasons to believe that the Bible is the Word of God, followed by three reasons to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.  You may study this course by correspondence.  A lesson text consists of text full of Bible references, which you should read along with the lesson.   Then

 

you will answer questions (true and false or matching).  After you complete the questions, mail the lesson back to us for grading.  Your graded lesson will be returned, along with your next lesson.   

            If you would prefer a “face to face” study where you have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the evidences for faith, many capable teachers are standing by to assist you.  We will be glad to come to your home at a time of your convenience and study with you in your living room or around your kitchen table.  We will do our very best to present evidence for your consideration with the “gentleness and reverence” that Peter commanded. 

            Perhaps this course will answer questions you have asked many times, but the only answer you’ve ever gotten is, “You’ve just got to believe it.”  Perhaps you will be convinced by the evidence to believe.  Perhaps the faith you have already will be strengthened.  Perhaps you will learn how to present your faith to your children that they might come to believe. 

            Please take the time to examine how you can see the invisible, to see why you should believe, to see how what you see can and will impact you life, both now and forever.  Please call us at (734) 942-7956 , write us at P.O. Box 85-233, Westland, MI  48186 or email us at www.prchurchofchrist.org to request a free correspondence course or a study in your home.


 



 

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