Saturday we gathered together with confidence. As we remembered our so evident loss, yet we equally celebrated her so certain gain. Though we acknowledged the reality of the difficulty here and now, we affirmed the surety of reunion there and then. All with confidence. Confidence which allowed us to sing, to laugh, to cry, and to rejoice in the blessings and impact of a life well lived and the glory we’re sure it brought to her God.
So how could we do this with confidence? How could what so many consider the unknown be affirmed by so many as known? How was it that what is unseen could be so real? That beyond some pie-in-the-sky-sweet-by-and-by sentiment it becomes a rock of certain footing as we anticipate uncertain days? At least in part, it’s because of that spiritual dynamic we’ve entered into as part of the grace we’ve known. A dynamic we can often taken for granted. A power we’ve have been tethered to so that we might understand.
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him”–these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a persons thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
(1Corinthians 2:9-12 ESV)
Even though the song says, “I can only imagine . . .”, apart from the active agency of the Spirit’s illumination, we really can’t. Even though we can know a lot about what the Bible teaches, its pages remain only one set of facts and data until the Spirit of God reveals it to our minds and hearts as life-giving, life-altering truth.
It really should be awe-invoking. The Spirit who searches everything, even the depths of God, indwells the believer so that He might lead us into all truth. He interacts with our mind through our spirit so that we might comprehend something of the mind of God towards us–thoughts that are not our thoughts and ways that are not our ways. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9).
And yet, by the Father’s loving determination, through the miraculous active dynamic of the Spirit’s power, we mere mortals can know something of the mind of the eternal Christ (1Cor. 2:16)
How prone we are to take for granted this amazing miraculous dynamic. Given freely so that we might understand.
To know assuredly what was once unknown. To see with certainty that which is unseen. To anticipate confidently what God has prepared for those who love Him.
All through the Spirit of God in us. Freely given that we might understand.
. . . for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
(2Timothy 1:12 NKJV)
By His grace. For His glory.