I once heard a story about Honda glasses. This guy wanted to buy a Honda car. He didn’t know much about them but had done a lot of research, asked around and test drove a few Honda cars. Before he began his quest, he didn’t really notice very many Honda’s on the road. Now they were everywhere. He had no idea so many people drove Honda’s. Now if you are a Honda hater, I’m sorry, it’s just an illustration. I think you get the idea. Maybe you have experienced the same thing (not necessarily Honda’s). The title of this illustration was “Honda Glasses.”
Do you know that God wants us to have a type of glasses? Let me see if I can explain. In my last post I talked about Peter, rocks, hearing and confession. When Jesus called Peter “Simon Bar-Jonah”, it was his name of course, but its meaning is profound. Jesus was saying you are the “hearing of the dove.” Then Jesus reiterates by saying the Holy Spirit (descended on Jesus as a dove!) revealed Jesus as the Christ to Peter (who was hearing). What was it that Peter heard or understood or believed or trusted in? Have you ever thought about that? I don’t believe it was just the fact that Jesus was God. The demons knew who Jesus was. I think it is more than the truth that Jesus came to save us. Many got that wrong because they thought it was “saving from the Romans.” I believe it is more profound but absolutely fundamental. I think it is the same thing that Paul was declaring when he said this:
1 Cor 2: 2 For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified. (AMP)
and the same thing that the Holy Spirit reveals to us here:
1 Cor 2:12 Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realizeand comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God.
and the same thing that this verse is talking about:
Rom 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word concerning Christ. (NASB)
In simple terms it is the divine revelation of the very nature of God, GOD IS LOVE. Jesus life, death and resurrection is the manifest love of God. For God so loved the world… Think about it for a moment. This is the same trust, faith, belief that Abraham had when he climbed the mountain with a knife, Jehovah Jireh! God provides, is love, is trustworthy, loves us… Peter got a glimpse of the love of God in the revelation of Jesus the Christ. Paul desperately wanted to know Jesus as Christ and Him crucified. There is no greater love than this… The Holy Spirit is here to teach us about Jesus and a loving God. He whispers in our ears about our righteousness which is a constant reminder of how amazing God is. He opens up our understanding to see Jesus in the Bible. The Bible is an incredible love letter to us about God’s Son!
(In the past I have “heard” Rom 10:17 taught as “faith comes from reading your Bible and without faith it is impossible to please God.” Ouch. The Textus Receptus uses the Greek name for God but the nGNT uses the name for Christ. The nGNT is from older manuscripts than the TR and in the context of ch 10 it makes sense that it is Christ.)
I believe the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us in the Bible and we get a glimpse into the unimaginable, unbelievable, immeasurable, unfathomable Grace of God! When we get those glimpses (glory) and we believe and trust in them (faith) we are:
2 Cor 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,[a] are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (ESV)
and our foundation is solid as a ROCK (Matt 7). So try on your new glasses. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the truth of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Live in anticipation knowing that God is going to answer your prayer. In all cases, when the enemy comes against you, look to the cross and yield to the Spirit of God, the resurrection power in you, Who loves to brag about the Father and the Son.
Yay Jesus Glasses