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The Word of God in Matthew 6 verses 22 to 23 and Luke 11 verses 33 and 34 states the following, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, you whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, you whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Luke 11 verse 36 continues with the statement and states, “Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” Every time I read these verses, I feel that apprehension and expectations that cut me through the bones. I think I understand some, but my knowledge of God and His Word is too limited to grasp it all. As I crave to really know what Father really mean, my question to you is, “Do you know what He meant by these words?” How do you read these verses?
Our natural eyes are the two spherical bodies in the front of the skull that allow us to see. Our eye is a very complex little organ of vision. As light enters our eyes there are a series of changes that happen in that organ and the sensory receptors around it that creates sensory impulses passing through the optic nerve to our brain. This various interactions create visual sensations that characterize the principal aspects of vision as color sense, light sense, movement and form sense.
Now was Father speaking about our physical eyes? When I read my bible, there is another set of eyes that is often spoken of. As I read some of the passages where those eyes or insights are being referred to, I often have to reflect and meditate on the meaning of the verse content. I often waited to see what Father would bring to mind that would bring clarity in order to grasp the significance of what is being said in the Word of God. On various occasions, a little here and a little there, the Father of Truth, the Holy Spirit would drop a new thought leading to a new way of seeing a certain verse that would bring revelation and a new understanding of the verse.
Jesus said in Matthew 12:34-35 that the mouth speaks out of the overflow of the heart, and that someone will bring good things out of the good stored in him. Paul prayed that the church in Ephesus would learn to know Jesus better. His prayer that we all can read in Ephesians 1 verses 18 to 23 goes, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparable great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”
Now Paul asks that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened, does our heart really have eyes? My answer is, yes! Indeed! Our heart that comprises our soul, emotion and mindset defines who we are and is the center of our personality. Out of the heart come the issues of life. Those spiritual eyes, as I call them, are the ones that allow us to understand what Father is saying to us through His Word. Those spiritual eyes allow us to know who we are in Christ because of who He is in us. Those spiritual eyes allow us to know who is really working in us to do and to will according to His good pleasure. Those spiritual eyes allow us to understand whose power is really doing the work in us. Those eyes enlightened by the Holy Spirit of God allow us to make right decisions and follow Fathers' lead. Those spiritual eyes make us understand how great the victory we, the church, have over the evil one and foes.
Those spiritual eyes, when they are focused on Jesus, will make us understand the freedom from human regulations we all have through life with Christ. As we see in Colossians 2 verses 6 to 9 where we read, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principle of this world rather than on Christ.” Those spiritual eyes will help us know when our mindset is contradictory to the Word of God, and will teach us to take every thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, so we can think like Father and walk in His perfect will.
Those spiritual eyes, when they are focused on Jesus will realize that God the Father made all people alive with Christ when He forgave us all our sins (Colossians 2:9-15). Those spiritual eyes will allow us to accept and receive freely the gift of eternal life Jesus has given us by His death on the cross that reconciles us with Father. Those spiritual eyes will see and know that all the fullness of the Deity lives in Christ who is the Head over every power and authority. Those spiritual eyes will understand that the whole body supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews is growing as God the Father causes it to grow. Those spiritual eyes will see that all people who believe in Jesus and have a relationship with Him are that body—the Body of Christ.
Those spiritual eyes will consider others so much better that they will value, nurture, respect and love all the Father's children as Jesus commanded. Those spiritual eyes will be greatly involved in the Father's work of transforming and effecting changes in people by teaching the uncompromising truth and wisdom of the Word of God. Those spiritual eyes will be enlightened with so much love, joy and peace because God is love, God is light, and He reflects Himself through those eyes. Those spiritual eyes won't stop sharing Christ with others until they see the light shining through their eyes also. And those spiritual eyes will allow us to understand these word of Jesus “But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.” Glory to God! Hallelujah!
Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and obey it! (Luke 11:28)
Marie Monaus 17 Jul '08