Have you ever heard the phrase “Beatific Vision?” Well, I have a word of encouragement for you today that I pray will bless your soul.
Beatific Vision—visio beatific—is the ultimate, direct self-communication of God to us, which will happen when God reveals Himself to us in heaven . . . when we will see him face to face:
Now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
Today we see God imperfectly; we see Him through the eyes of faith. But the one great quest and longing of every child of God is to see God unveiled, to know Him exactly as He is, which is the promise to the redeemed on the other side of the grave.
No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (Revelation 22:3-4)
Not only has this been the desire of theologians, but even scientists have launched out with this goal in mind. Through the observation and examination of the cosmos, scientists sought to see more clearly the Creator of the universe. Sadly, as we know, the wheels came off the track for those scientists who separated the creation from the Creator.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that this Beatific Vision is reserved for those who are “pure in heart” (Matthew 5:8), which will be the condition of every child of God when he or she is received into glory. But before that day, we can see the face of God in our Lord Jesus Christ. As we read the Gospel accounts, we get a clear vision of what God is like.
Jesus Himself confirms this truth.
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?” (John 14:9-10)
Today we are making our way to the Celestial City, living as pilgrims passing through this sin-filled world, looking forward to the greatest sight we will ever see. But we can still see our God in two ways: first, we can see Him with the eye of faith as we experience His love, peace, mercy, and grace. We can also see Him in both the words and works of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Spend time meditating on and marinating in the life of Christ in the Gospels, and you will be filled with a vision of God that will bless your soul and strengthen your heart to face every challenge the world sends your way.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!