Living Above SEE-LEVEL — Part One

January 7, 2018 by  
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John 20:29,Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

2 Corinthians 4:18, “as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

1 Peter 1:8, “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory…”

We Christians are sometimes accused of not being in touch with reality, of being a mentally deficient people who cannot deal with the “real world”. Because of our deficiencies, we supposedly find it necessary to take an existential leap of blind faith into the dark, hoping that it will help us cope with life. Also we are said to find it necessary to make this leap of faith so that eventually it will take us to that “land that is fairer than day” in the “sweet by and by”. We are portrayed as human weaklings who lean on faith as a crutch because we lack the strength to face the real world.

The typical secular, non-Christian person, who is living only at “SEE-LEVEL”, sees the real world as consisting of those things which have monetary value, or that can be scientifically tested – things that can be weighed, measured, counted, calibrated or metered. Others who are SEE-LEVEL-Seers view the real world as the place where such things as sexual permissiveness, drug use, cheating, drunkenness and twisting the rules of ethics in a dog eat dog system are the normal and real world. The See-level person’s philosophy of life is “seeing is believing.”  Their worldview is basically a naturalistic materialism that views the intangibles – those things that cannot be approached through the five senses – as either nonexistent or scientifically unverifiable.

So, is biblical faith irrational? Is it merely wishful thinking, believing something for which we have no solid grounds?

Many skeptics insist that the Christian’s exercise of biblical faith violates reason. Yet that’s not the nature of the faith described in the scriptures. Jesus, for example, didn’t invite his audiences to believe in him without reason, but appealed (among other things) to his own miracles and good deeds: “Though ye believe not me,” he said, “believe the works” (John 10:38). “Jesus of Nazareth,” the apostle Peter told his listeners at Pentecost, was “a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs” (Acts 2:22). The evangelist Luke mentioned “many infallible proofs” of Christ’s resurrection experienced by numerous eyewitnesses (Acts 1:3).

One of the great challenges of the Christian life is to be able to consistently live above see-level. By this we mean that ours is a “believing-is-seeing” worldview based on our using the eyes of the heart to see the invisible, (not the non-existent) the unseen, and to walk by faith and not by sight. The walk of faith enables the Christian to love Jesus and believe on Him with joy unspeakable, although we have never seen Him with our physical eyes. However, we have been given spiritual sight and insight because God has shined in our hearts to give us “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

How does one get above see-level living and walk by the faith that pleases, enjoys, and obeys our Father in Heaven, and sees and savors the Son of God the way our Father does?

Living above SEE-LEVEL Requires that We Become Four-eyed in Sight!

There is a fresh water fish that lives in Northeastern South America that is called the four eyed fish. Its scientific name is “anableps” which is derived from the Greek for “up-looking.” The fish does not actually have four eyes, but the eye is divided to allow the fish to see both above and below the waterline.  Each half of the eye has a separate pupil, iris and cornea, but the retina is divided. This adaptation allows this fish to find food at or below the surface and also gives it extra protection against predators. Since it spends virtually all of its life swimming at the surface, it needs this extra protection.

As amazing as the species of fish is, the fact is that if one is to ever become a Christian they must become four-eyed. The biblical truth is that all of us are born with only the ability to view the world from the natural or see-level. We are two-eyed men, when God requires that we be four-eyed so that we can see into both the natural and the spiritual world. This means that by nature we have a set of eyes in our head and by the miracle of grace we are given a set of eyes in our heart.

Jesus revealed that there was more than one kind of seeing when he said in Matthew 13:13, “Seeing they do not see.” We can see in one way while not seeing in another way based upon whether or not we are two-eyed or four-eyed.

The apostle Paul prayed that believers would experience “the eyes of your heart (understanding) being enlightened …” (Ephesians 1:18).

Moses was grieved that the people he was leading were only see-level seers: “to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see” (Deuteronomy. 29:4).

So it was in the days of Ezekiel: “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see, but see not” (Ezekiel 12:2).

Likewise, Jeremiah grieved over the spiritual blindness of his people: “O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not” (Jeremiah. 5:21).

See-level persons live by opinions of the experts. They live by every word that proceeds out of the professor’s mouth, or the mouth of the scientist, the doctor, the economist, or the politician. They operate by the ORE worldview: Observation, Rationalization and Experimentation. They observe with their physical eyes, rationalize about what they saw with their natural minds and then decide to experiment with its benefits or blights. In reality, they pay honor and give glory to the works of their minds and hands.

Paul defines conversion — which Satan does all he can to hinder — as “seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). He says the same thing but in a different way in 2 Cors. 4:6: “shining in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” These descriptions of conversion imply two things. One is that the gospel is the proclamation of the “knowledge” of Christ in such a way that its glory can be seen by the eyes of the heart. The other is that this “seeing” is the work of God, “shining in our hearts” the same way He did on the first day of creation when He said, “Let there be light.” In other words, seeing the glory of Christ in the gospel is a gift. Only in the hearing of the gospel of Christ does God say in the heart, “Let there be light.” By means of the glory of Christ in the gospel, and for the sake of the glory of Christ in the gospel, God restores our sight only in the presence of Christ in the gospel.

If you are truly a Christian, you can say, “Thanks be unto God that whereas I was once blind, now I see! The songwriter testified to the experience in these words: “In my darkness Jesus found me, touched mine eyes and made me see!”

Are you living above SEE-LEVEL?


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