Life, people say is an adventurous journey of twists and turns, good and bad times, ups and downs, highs and lows. However, the true definition of life is Christ.
But always, our journey in Christ ought to be progressive. No matter where you are on the journey, in some way, you are continuing on — and that’s what makes it so magnificent.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
What nobody ever tells you as a child are all the seemingly little things that come along with “growing up.” When we were still wide-eyed children, we upheld certain beliefs. But like Paul, growing up compelled us to set aside some of these childish beliefs.
There is a belief amongst many believers that should be set aside—and that’s the hope to physically see Jesus in the flesh. But as wonderful as this school of thought may sound, it is carnal (or fleshy) and a proof of not truly knowing Christ. If you still firmly uphold this belief, no matter how long you’ve been in the faith, I’m sorry to say this: you are a babe.
Philip spoke up, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be all that we need!” Jesus replied, “Philip, I’ve been with you all this time and you still don’t know who I am? How could you ask me to show you the Father, for anyone who has looked at me has seen the Father.
John 14:8-9 TPT
Imagine Philip, having been with Jesus and journeyed with Him, yet still asking to see the Father in order to be content.
Jesus wasn’t pleased with his request because he ought to have recognized the Father in Him and not have need to even see the Father.
That’s not different from our cravings to see Jesus in the flesh. Personally, I think that is an expression of doubt. Why ask to see Jesus in the flesh when He left us with His Spirit?
In carnality, we try to use flesh to make sense of the Spirit. Flesh wants to relate with everything according to the senses, but the Spirit wants to relate with everything according to the Spirit. It’s of flesh that we want to feel good about God’s blessings as something material, but in the Spirit, we crave God’s blessings as the Father’s will. There’s no place in the New Testament where Jesus or the disciples used the word, “blessed” for anything material (See, Matthew 5).
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 KJV
Paul spoke of how great it will be to meet with the Lord, not because he was desperately craving to meet with the Lord but because of the people. He wanted them comforted and not to weep like people who do not have hope.
Listen: the believer who yields to the Spirit has seen Jesus and lives in Him.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Matthew 5:8 KJV
If the above scripture isn’t achievable, it wouldn’t have been written in the first place.
Anyone who is pure in heart has seen God and lives in Him. So, we’re not looking forward to seeing one physical being in heaven to feel excited or have a sense of fulfillment.
Because even if you see Him, you’ll still want to demand more physical things off Him. For instance, in using your senses, you’d probably want to know how He uses the loo, eats, and so on. But you need to understand that sense was created for this earth realm. So, if we leave this world where we won’t need this physical, material earth realm, we may not need this kind of physical sense to reason things out.
So, it’s not proper to sing or continue to say that our hope is to see Him one day. Spiritual dealings are way deeper than that.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:24 KJV
We must learn to relate with God from the Spirit. God is Spirit and that’s why He demands Spirit worship from us. He’s not flesh and you don’t need flesh to understand Him. By the way, we are spirits as well.
In training babes in the ways of the Spirit, the closest physical way to help them get it is the heart because the heart is the doorway to the Spirit. We make them begin to run actions from their heart. And as they begin to grow, they begin to properly understand the Spirit.
Pastor Preston Idoro.