Seeing Into the Invisible

Fourteen books of the New Testament are generally attributed to Paul the Apostle.  He wrote about many topics.  His primary focus was on providing Christian instructions to new and struggling churches, and their congregations.  Some of his instructions were in the practical, while some are deeply spiritual.  He was an accomplished writer who could move from spiritual to practical, and back again.  He wrote many passages dealing with encouragement, as the early church, as well as the church of today, desperately needs encouragement.

He wrote about the visions and revelations God had given him.  He tied together Old Testament passages and references to show that God had a plan, even in the early days before Israel was established.  He showed the faith that Abraham exhibited was the same faith required today.  He showed there was a future beyond the present world, and a reward for those who hold a steady course.

He showed that forgiveness, of others, and ourselves, is necessary to maintain a healthy Christian relationship with the Lord.

He told of the coming rapture, and the resurrection of the saints.

Of all of these things I think the most important, at least to me, is his insight into the invisible.  His understanding of what is yet to come.  His assurance of reward and punishment.  His calm confidence in the transference of our existence from this world to the next.  There was no wavering, no second guessing, no doubts.  He KNEW.

Some might question the writings of Paul, but as best we can tell he was not talking about what he ‘thought’ about the spiritual and eternal destination, but was speaking by revelation and vision straight from the throne of God.  What God had revealed to him, and shown him on a very personal level.

Paul paid dearly for this walk with His Savior. He was beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, imprisoned, and ultimately beheaded, according to historians.  But, even these things did not detract him from his constant mission to encourage and lift the spirits of those who needed encouragement.  Even from his dark dungeon cell, he was constantly giving hope and enlightenment to those willing to read his writings.

So, what does this have to do with us?

Well, it has to do with a very old saying, “What goes around, comes around”….  I encourage you, and you encourage someone else.  Someone else encourages me, and I pass it on to someone else.  One week I may be up and you are down.  But, the very next week, it may be turned around, and I need you to encourage me.  It’s not always a direct exchange.  There are certainly people who have encouraged me, that I may never have an opportunity to encourage them back.  But, I can pass it on.

In fact, the ‘what goes around, comes around..’ is really just another take on the Golden Rule – ‘do unto others as you would have them do to you’.  These days we have taken this an twisted it a bit to say something like , ‘do unto others before they do unto you’.  But, in the original the reward comes after you have done your part, not before.  And, it’s not presented in the ‘me first, no one second’ attitude that is so strong these days.  In fact, the Golden Rule says go ahead and make someone’s day, and your reward is sure.  If you do not receive a reward here, you will certainly be repaid by God Himself.

One Response to “Seeing Into the Invisible”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    Such words of wisdom right here! I put you right up there with Paul’s writings! Blessings…

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