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Topic: Vision (08/03/06)
By Stephen Paynter
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My excitement mounts, tinged with just a little apprehension. Soon I will see ... I will apprehend the Imago Dei - a vision of the divine being. I will bask in the presence of the Holy One. I will be confronted with the weight of his majesty - the glory of his character. I will see what no mortal son of Adam could ever have seen without being destroyed. I will see what Moses asked to see. He was only given a glimpse of the afterglow of his back. I will see him whose trailing robes filled the temple in Isaiah's day with glory.
And I will see him who died for me, the one who perfectly reflects the Father. Love wells within me at the thought that I will encounter him who is so pure, so good, so true, yet who gave up his reputation that I might find cleansing, forgiveness, adoption and justification.
My mind grasps with eagerness the thought that I have already been justified ... declared not only not guilty, but actually righteous in the Holy God's eyes. He who will not look upon evil has gazed upon me and found no blemish ... because of the cross! This verdict was passed when I first placed my trust solely in my Redeemer, casting myself upon his mercy.
Soon, very soon, I will encounter this awesome God, and there will be a judgement. I know, however, my acceptance has already been pronounced. I cling to that hope. Long ago I gave up any other. It’s laughable to think to find some act of mine worthy of being paraded before this God. I know so clearly at this moment that there is no such deed that would withstand the scrutiny. My only hope is in the deeds of another. And his life has already been pronounced acceptable, for he has been raised from the dead.
The circle of light grows rapidly. Larger and larger. I have mere moments more to wait before I will see him in his beauty - face to face. What will I see? Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and John all had to resort to symbol laden pictures with multiple unreconciled metaphors to describe their vision of him. They used analogies which became increasing vague and out of focus the nearer they got to the throne, and especially, to him who sits upon it. Soon I will see for myself. I have no doubt that, even to myself, I also will have to articulate my vision in such terms. Transcendence cannot be tamed by sight.
I step into the light, and I am transformed. I dwell in the presence of the One.
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