X. Closing Remarks

Michael Hardt

Fixing the eye on Christ glorified

When Christians, with the help of God's clear and reliable statements, look with their "eyes of the heart" into the opened heaven, they see Christ there and discover one glory after another.

Have we perhaps experienced this too little lately? If so, that may explain, at least in part, why we tend to be easily upset when things go wrong in our lives. Perhaps we also have difficulties judging things on earth correctly, we have trouble seeing what is wrong with this or that – as long as it is not expressly forbidden in the Bible. Perhaps we also find it difficult to assess our own condition correctly. Then we need "eye salve" (Rev. 3:18).

Do we perhaps find heavenly Christianity too theoretical and not very purposeful or simply "dusty"? Then it is probably our Bibles that are dusty because we have neglected them. Then joy is quickly lost, as well as orientation and direction for our lives. 

Many believers have had such phases in their lives. But that is no reason to get stuck in them – if only we are willing to lift up our eyes. There is so much to discover! Christ has been taken up in glory, God has indeed given Him glory, and we may marvel: He is the Victor, He has made the perfect sacrifice, He is acting as High Priest for us, He sanctifies Himself for us, He has been given a glory which He will share with us, He is the Son of God who loves us, He is the Morning Star. This, and so much more, is there to be re-discovered and to be enjoyed. We may grasp one glory after another and draw from it new strength and orientation for our often challenging everyday-life situations. 

Let us think of Stephen; looking up to heaven gives strength and serenity in the most difficult crises. Let us also think of Moses (cf. 2 Cor. 3): Looking at the glorified Christ transforms us into His image.

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