Seeing with Enlightened Eyes


          Things are not always as they appear.

          The splendor and riches of the temple of Diana appeared to many in the first century A. D. to be unequaled by any possible rival. To the discerning eye of the inspired apostle Paul, this popular sentiment was clearly inaccurate. The splendor and riches of Jesus’ temple far surpassed Diana’s material treasures.

          Therefore, immediately after cataloguing the immense splendor and spiritual wealth found in Christ (Ephesians 1:3-14), he declares: “Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” (Ephesians 1:15-19).

          Like Moses, when one looks with discerning eyes at the treasures of this world and compares them with the reward God has for the faithful in Christ (cf. Hebrews 11:24-26), things clearly are not as they appear.

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