Jesus said to His disciples, “Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear” Matthew 13:16. He was not talking about our physical eyes and ears, but our spiritual eyes and ears. How do we see and hear with our spiritual eyes? Through God’s Spirit in us.
Paul prayed by the inspiration of the Spirit “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places” Ephesians 1:17-21.
It’s easy to read through this prayer quickly. It’s inspiring and encouraging. But there is more to it—something very timely that will clear up a lot of misunderstanding in the Church right now. We need to have wisdom and knowledge in Christ so that our eyes are enlightened. We would say so that we have that “aha moment” when we “get it.” We need to see three things. We will cover each one separately.
1. THE HOPE OF OUR CALLING. This is the hope of glory (Col. 1:27), when we shall receive our glorified, immortal, and perfected bodies at the rapture. We will no longer be limited in our understanding. We will be able to operate in the gifts of the Spirit fully, without having to wonder if we are missing it. It is the hope of our heavenly calling when we finally step fully into our destiny in Christ. (More on that shortly.)
Hebrews 6:5 says that while we are still on this earth, we are only “tasting” of the powers of the age to come (the 7th Day, the Day of the Lord). While we're still on the earth, we see in a mirror dimly, and we know only in part (1 Corinthians 13:12). Only our spirit has been made new. Our mind and body are not yet perfected, although we can train them to line up with God’s Word to a certain extent.
Why is this important to see? The rest of the Corinthians verse tells us that there is coming a time when we shall know just as we are known in Christ—completely redeemed not only in our spirit, but in our mind and body. Until that appointed Day (the 7th Day), we remain imperfect. So how is it that we think that as imperfect people we can somehow make our society and the cultural institutions perfect before that appointed time?
Scripture tells us there is a season and a time for every purpose under Heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). It is not up to us mere mortals to determine those seasons and time. Nor can we decide what purpose to pursue, however noble it may be, apart from God’s timetable laid out in Scripture. Our purpose while we’re still on this earth prior to the rapture is to share our faith in Jesus Christ so others can be saved from the wrath of that Day and spend eternity with our Beloved Bridegroom.