Saturday, June 15, 2013

Inner Beauty...

“For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground.  He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”  Isaiah 53:2

Jesus is seen by fallen mankind as offering nothing that would (to them) make Him desirable.  The beauty of Jesus is therefore within, and is recognized only by spiritual perception through “regeneration” and Holy Spirit “enabling.”

The “tree of knowledge” relates to our “earthly” life that results from Adam’s transgression in which he chose to become independent from God.  The fruit of this tree appears to us as being very pleasant to our eyes, and desirable as food.

By divine intent, the way of the flesh is appealing to every aspect of the fallen human makeup, whereas spirituality is seemingly uninviting.  It would seem that spirituality should have been made attractive, and sin ugly.  Therefore, we might ask, “Lord, why did you make our self-life attractive, rather than our spirituality?

There is an answer.  This high calling of spirituality can be gained only by making the right choices.  And, the Lord has not made this easy.

For many are called, but few are chosen.”  Matthew 22:14

Or, “Few will pay the price in order to be chosen.”

By divine design, there is a price to our being chosen by the Lord.  Therefore, the Lord placed the beauty within, which can be seen only by spiritual perception, and given only to those who truly desire Him (those who pressed upon Jesus to hear the Word).

Outwardly, the tabernacle in the wilderness was covered with ugly badger skins, but within, it had a beautiful royal blue covering and the Lord’s Shekinah presence.  It contained a wondrous glory which cannot be described, only experienced.

“But from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of the heaven is taken by violence, and the violent seize on it.”  Matthew 11:12 Darby

By divine arrangement, it takes a determined effort to press through to behold the beauty of the Lord.  Few will push past the hindrances to gain this prize.  Paul said:

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 3:14

This prize is not heaven, which is included in our redemption.  Rather, the prize is being seated with Jesus in His throne, experiencing an active, cooperative relationship with Him (as a son), while we maintain our times of fellowship and communion with Him (as His bride).