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This Is a Miracle of Grace

February 18, 2019

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4

Every weekend in church, there are people who come to worship. They sing hymns, appreciate the music, stand for the Bible reading, and listen to the sermon. But they don’t see Christ’s glory.

That is our natural fallen condition. So how is it that some people from every nation, tribe, and language will come to see Christ’s glory?

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:6: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

At the creation, everything was dark, and then God said, “Let there be light.” Now Paul says that it is the same with us. Everything was dark in your heart, and then God said, “Let there be light!” He made his light shine in your heart. He gave you the light to see his glory in the face of Jesus Christ. And that happened through the gospel, which is why Paul says, “what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord” (4:5).

If your mind and your heart are gripped by the greatness and glory of Jesus, realize that this is a miracle of grace; it is the work of the Holy Spirit in you.

Have you experienced this miracle of seeing Christ’s glory? If so, give thanks to God, and ask for more. If not, then ask God to make his light shine in your heart today through the gospel.

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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