If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 1 Peter 4:15-16 (NIV) Peter gives an important...
God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone his light in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)
Paul is speaking here about Christian believers. God made his light to shine into our hearts. What do Christians see in Jesus?
1. We see God in Jesus.
The knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (4:6).
In the light of the gospel, we have come to see that Jesus Christ is God with us. He is God in the flesh. But how did this happen? The answer is “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who… has made him known” (John 1:18). You cannot know God apart from Christ.
2. We see glory in Jesus.
The glory of God in the face of Christ (4:6).
If you see the glory of God in the face of Christ you won’t just say, “I believe.” You’ll worship! Your mind and heart will be gripped by the wonder of his incarnation, the beauty of his perfect life, the power of his amazing words, the glory of his miracles, the love in his atoning sacrifice, the glory of his life-giving resurrection, and the anticipation of the day of his coming. We see glory in Jesus. That’s why we’re not just believers, we’re worshippers!
None of us knows God fully, but if you’re a Christian you know him truly. He is our Father, and you are in relationship with him.
Has God shone this kind of light into your life, so that you see these things?