Here are three instances where men saw something of God and were nonetheless occupied with themselves :
– in Job 42:5-6, mortal man repents in the dust from whence he had been taken (Gen. 2:7, 3:19);
– in Luke 5:8 man owns himself a sinner and is uncomfortable in the presence of the Lord;
– in Isaiah 6:5 before the triple holiness of God, man sees himself as lost and under the curse.
What contrast with the liberty with which, with unveiled face, we now behold the glory of the Lord (2 Cor. 3:18), though still through a glass yet very soon face to face (1 Cor. 13:12). The finished work of Christ has made us comfortable in the presence of God, now possessing a resurrection life, knowing our sins are forgiven and that we are saved, having been redeemed with the precious blood of Christ. We now draw near in full assurance of faith (Heb. 10:22), we come as beloved children to our Father, and as the precious objects of the love of the Lord Jesus. So, the work of God has made us to be no longer occupied with ourselves, no matter how vile and unworthy we may have been, but rather occupied with the Father and the Son – glorious objects of eternal adoration. Has your eye seen these things?
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