The Seen and the Unseen

We were talking about two kinds of experience, that of the world and that of Christ, and we may very well be talking about what the Bible says as the seen and the unseen. Or, to distil this knowledge further, the carnal and the spiritual. The experience of the world is an experience of what is seen, the temporal, and it’s always an experience of the flesh. On the other hand, experience of Christ takes us to an entirely different realm, that is, to experience the spiritual, that what is unseen, the eternal.

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It’s in the nature of man to choose to experience that which stimulates his senses and gives him pleasure. The Spirit that we have received and dwells in us teaches us to appreciate spiritual things and to walk in them. It is when our flesh desires otherwise that our beings experience internal conflict which often leads to afflictions.

 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Rom. 8: 5-8)

I am presently learning and understanding fully that most of our afflictions are rooted in our “resistance” to the way of the Holy Spirit, that is, to be spiritually minded, appreciating spiritual things and following hard after them. To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

I know that I still have mostly the “seen mentality”, desiring the visible things which my senses can enjoy. I know that even Christians don’t usually consider the visible things as temporal. They want to have and experience them that they will do their best to achieve them. And if they fail, they feel frustrated, and sometimes, even bitter and resentful. It is when we start to harbor bitterness and feelings of discontent that we find it hard to feel real joy. This is just the beginning of a self that is divided between the flesh and the Spirit. That is, a self that is not totally given to God.

Even  Christians, me included, often fail to derive their happiness and satisfaction from pursuing the things which are eternal. They are so in this world and all it offers. Their senses seemed to be glued in temporal things that it’s hard for them to embrace eternal things. For the many Christians around the world who are suffering like me, whether it be from persecution, sickness, troubles, or other trials of faith, what Apostle Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 can bring us great comfort, and hence, freedom, albeit spiritually (which is what matters most!), from any and all that’s bearing down on us.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

If only we could develop a constant “eternal mentality”, then, we wouldn’t feel so miserable when trials come. Even the Lord Jesus Himself taught us about laying for ourselves treasures in heaven:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Mat. 6:19-20, emphasis added)

These “treasures in heaven” are the things we do for the kingdom of God, spiritual things, not only giving of ours but of ourselves, willingly and gladly. But our greatest treasure in heaven is our Savior Jesus Christ, who is coming again to take us to Himself, so that where He is, there we may be also.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Col. 3: 1-4, emphasis added)

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. What are our true treasures? Where do our hearts dwell?

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Journey with Jesus,

 

Comments

  1. Hi Rina,
    I love the thought of laying up treasures in heaven. The quiet of act of doing so will comfort us greatly in the days to come.

    • RinaPeru says:

      That is so true, Kendra! It’s also like laying up grace from the Lord to see us through when troubles come. Blessings!

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